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Page 2A RepOrter 2018 in By Diqne Glidewell news@mymcr net Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting for Fellowship of Chris- tian Athletes (FCA) on Thursday, Aug. 30. Landon Sparks and April Cassell represent Middle Georgia FCA, which serves Mon- roe, Bibb, Lamar, Jones and Twiggs counties. Sparks and Cassell both work in Monroe County while Sparks is active in Lamar, Jones and Twiggs, and CasseU focuses on Bibb County. Sparks said the purpose of the Ribbon Cutting is to make the community aware that FCA is more than a club on school cam- puses. FCA is a 501(c)3 that uses sports as an av- enue to share the gospel. It works through coaches to reach team members and You are invited to an opportunity to meet Democratic Nominee for Georgia Secretary of State (Chief Election Officer in Georgia) Hosted by Monroe CountyFriends of John Barrow Tuesday, September 11th 7:00 PM at Ebbyz Bar and Grill 1182 GA-83 Forsyth, GA 31029 EVERYONE WELCOME I Paid for by George Langford I through team members to minister to the whole community. It is active at professional, college, high school, middle school and youth sports levels. Founded in 1954 and based in Kansas City, Mo it now reaches into 62 countries. Sparks quoted Billy Graham as saying that one coach will influence more people in a season than most people will in a By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Valerie McCullough is the new face that wel- comes those who stop by the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and the voice that greets those who call the Chamber for infor- mation. Since starting her job at the Chamber on July 9, she has been busy catching up on invoices, interacting with Changing The Way America Learns service5 in IC esi I in ma rma P ri rln in I la I rvl ces Landon Sparks, center with scissors, cuts the ribbon for FCA, a new member of Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. FCA wants to serve the community and involve community members in its mission. lifetime. Sparks grew up in Mon- roe County, moved away for 20 years and has been back for the last two years. He said there are 27 cam- puses in the five counties that Middle Georgia FCA covers, and the three peo- ple in the office can't serve all of them by themselves. They welcome volunteers who can give two or three hours a week--to offer a 10 minute devotional, attend a one-hour practice and go to a game. Sparks said that FCA is one of the few Christian ministries still permitted on campuses because of its approach; its activities are student-led and student- administered. The role of FCA staff and volunteers is to "disciple students to lead" "We are local mission- aries" said Sparks. "It is very broad and dynamic; it looks different on every campus. And I don't care if someone is an athlete" Another thing that Sparks wants the community to know about FCA is that it is entirely self-supported. It must raise funds to continue its activities, including camps, leader- ship retreats and even food for club meetings. Much of the funding comes through partnerships with individu- als and businesses. For more informa- tion about FCA, contact Sparks at 678-770-8538 or I Valerie McCul]ough is the new Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office manager. Chamber members, co- ordinating One Monroe meetings and recording minutes for Chamber Board of Director meet- ings. She also answers phones, records minutes and keeps books for Monroe County Devel- opment Authority. Working with Chamber CEO/President Cheri Lance and Program Coordinator Priscilla Caldwell, McCullough is part of the three-person team that develops ideas to promote the com- munity and its Chamber members and works to carry out those 'ideas, including the Annual Forsythia Festival, Hometown Holiday Parade and other special events. McCullough grew up in Monroe County, moving to the area when she was two because her dad, Sam Beard, helped build Plant Scherer. She and her husband, Eric, both graduated from Mary Persons. When they mar- ried in 2000, they moved a bit north to Butts County. They have two children, 16-year-old Kaitlyn and 12-year-old Ri- ley. For the last six years McCullough had worked at the Butts County 911 Center. "I loved it, but I wanted a change, something less stressful," she said. "I was tired of missing holidays and birthdays. I only had one Christmas off in the last six years." Since she now has most of her weekends off, she enjoys being able to go to Sunday services at May- nard Baptist Church in Monroe County. She also gets to support her chil- dren's soccer and cross country teams more. Her husband plays soccer in an adult recreational league and is an assistant coach; so she is busy sup- porting him, too. McCullough said she likes her new job site. "I have been re-con- necting with a lot of old friends and meeting new ones," she said. "Every- one is nice and welcom- ing" And giving back those warm welcomes is an important part of what McCullough does as people visiting or new to the area ask her for city and county maps, ask about different neighbor- hoods as they shop for homes, inquire about businesses or services or just ask how to find something in Forsyth or Monroe County. She has even helped local groups put together gift bags for their speakers. And what does she do if she has free time? She loves crafts, especially painting special items like barn wood, window panes, Mason jars or Christmas ornaments, and her children like to create craft items with her. She said they had a good time making all of the decorations for her daughter's Sweet 16 birthday celebration. If you need help related to the Forsyth-Monroe County business commu- nity, call 478-994-9239 or visit McCullough at 10 W. Chambers Street in Forsyth. 4 IGNING COFFEE AND DESSERT Local Author and Executive Director of Katlyn's Promise LISA HENSLEY Sat, Sept 8, 1:00 to 3:00PM Lisa Hensley has been a miracle in the making most of her life. Her story allows one to see a God that never gives up and will do whatever it takes to bring one to Salvation. Lisa lived a life so full of horrific abuse, destruction and addiction that one wonders how in the world she sur- vived. Her story tells of a GOD who not only Saved her from herself but did some AMAZING Miracles in the restoration of her life. You don't want to miss this event as she will have the amazing story of God's Redemption for her life, her books that tell HIGH COTTON UPTOWN 48 North Jackson Street Forsyth, Georgia 31029 478-993-7651 Lisa Hensley