Ministry Highlight with Melissa Crossman

Known for its maple syrup and brutal winter weather, the state of Vermont is home base for Melissa Crossman: The only FCA staff member in the area. Melissa is passionate about meeting new people, working hard, and gaining momentum in her region, but admits that it can be tough for her to navigate through obstacles on her own. While there …

Extra-Ordinary

As we spend this Christmas season among decorated Christmas trees and houses, I can’t help but reflect on the humble beginnings of Jesus Christ. It is amazing to me that God chose a lowly and dirty stable to bring his only son into this world. Instead of displaying his unfathomable glory in a royal courtroom or sacred temple, he opted …

Ministry Highlight with Solomon Bliss

December can be a tough month for our FCA coaching staff in New York. Many factors can cause conflicts with our team practices, including bad weather and busy holiday schedules, and it can be hard to have a full coaching staff on hand during the hectic Christmas season. On one particularly busy night, I found myself working alongside one of …

O’Come, O’Come Immanuel

Christmas is a wonderful season that means more and more to me each year. Our kids grow older, our family traditions become stronger, and precious memories build as we spend time together during the holidays. I wouldn’t trade these priceless family moments for anything. However, while spending time with family on Christmas is a big priority in our lives, there …

Ministry Update with Jeannine Cavallaro

Coaches huddles, creating a network of team members, and countless conversations over coffee. This is a glimpse into the daily life of Jeannine Cavallaro, who came on staff with FCA as State Director in Massachusetts just this past spring. Even though she may not be an avid coffee drinker, she’s incredibly passionate about those that she meets. Jeannine is especially …

Brokenhearted

If you’ve ever coached before, you can understand the emotion felt after a tough loss and having to make adjustments to a team line-up. After losing a significant lacrosse game, our coaching staff jammed together in a small, dark coaches room and began to discuss a difficult decision regarding two goalies on our team. We had challenged both players that …

The Greatest Tie Ever

As I look back on my coaching career, there’s one moment that stands out in my mind that most people probably won’t remember. On a lacrosse field full of kindergarteners in our hometown, was a life lesson that I’ll never forget. It was the last game of the year, and I was feeling hopeful that we’d see a lot of …

Giving Thanks

Music pumped through the Nissan Rogue as we made our frequent winter sports trip to All Star Sports in Irondequoit. Caleb and Luke dialed in the tunes as we drove to FCA practice. The speakers in the over-packed car were muffled. I could barely see out the rear-view mirror. Then, there was the stench that only a lacrosse family could …

Ministry Update with Amanda Tewksbury

Since August 2016 Central NY FCA’s Area Director Amanda Tewksbury and the Syracuse West Area Representative Shanay Bradley have had the opportunity to offer a girls basketball FCA Camps/Community Ministry program in the city of Syracuse. This Fall, they’ve called it the FCA L.I.T.E.S. program. Each letter stands for the value of love, integrity, teamwork, excellence, and serving. “We’ve seen …

Slow Mo

I’m amazed when I watch sports on television these days. Fans can be part of the action like never before through multiple camera angles, the slow motion replays, and all the emerging technological advances. Details that can’t be picked up by the naked eye are now available frame by frame in high definition. Video technology can also be a great …