Concert Friday night spotlights growing FCA

Apr. 24, 2013 @ 06:18 PM

In an effort to bring student awareness to Vance County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a Soul’d Out for Christ concert will take place at South Henderson Pentecostal Church Friday night at 7.

Dan Sandlin, physical education teacher at Vance Charter, helped establish the inaugural organization, currently offered at each middle school in the county.

“My life revolves around athletics, and then being involved with my church, I wanted to put the two together,” Sandlin said.

Several high school students have attended meetings throughout the course of the year according to Sandlin. However, FCA group leaders have not been established at area high schools.

“We hope this event will bring out more people, and we can get more people involved,” Sandlin said. “We’ve had about 30 at each of our previous meetings, but we have very high hopes for this event to really open the door for a lot of people.”

Headlining the event Friday night will be Humble TIP, a band featuring lead singer Jason Lewis, a Christian hip hop artist and graduate of Liberty University.

“He was one of the performers at Winter Jam at Liberty,” Sandlin said. “While I was there with a youth group I saw him and asked him to come perform here.”

A praise band from Henderson, Tristen Two-12, and local comedian Sandra Waverly will also perform.

Additional FCA membership is being strongly encouraged by Sandlin, who says being a member of an organized athletic team is not required to take part.

“The way we look at it is, it doesn’t matter if you’re playing recreation ball somewhere or if you’re going out and playing kickball in your back yard,” Sandlin said. “Middle school and high school is such a vulnerable age for them.

“I think if we can get them in a group of people they can share a relationship of Christ with, and have that to turn to instead of other options that might be out there.”

Missions and ministries completed in the community during the current school year include the donation of food to Area Christians Together in Service, and over 70 shoeboxes filled for Operation Christmas Child and the Vance County Senior Center.

Woodlawn Retirement Home was also graced with carols during the holiday season.

Friday’s concert is free and open to the public.

Sandlin urges m\embers of the community to come out, learn more about the FCA organization and its goal to benefit local and international missions.

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