Thursday, January 08, 2009

Got Devotion? ...

If so, you can help the folks at Upward Basketball & Cheerleading, which kicks-off its 2009 season in West Texas this weekend.
Upward introduces children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities to serve through sports. Upward is a fun, reliable, passionate and encouraging sports experience for boys and girls, in K5 through sixth grade. Upward provides first class, organized and detailed sports programming. Unique aspects of Upward include an evaluation system that promotes equal and competitive teams as well as a substitution system which allows for equal playing time for all participants.Through Upward, children are exposed to quality coaching and sport development. Upward emphasizes character and integrity instead of a “win at all costs” mentality associated with today’s sports world.

And, NO, you don't have to be a member of a church in order to participate!

There are all kinds of ways you can help the Upward program in your community, and a number of colunteers have already stepped forward to serve as coaches or assistant coaches, referee or timekeepers.
You may also choose - and here's where the "devotion" from my post's title comes in - to present a brief devotional to the audience during the halftimes, while the teams are resting and getting ready for the next round of play. Your focus can be current events, a piece of Scripture from the Bible, or sports. You can compose your own, or work from guidelines that participating churches will provide you.

In Midland, there are programs at
First Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church. They are needing people to give short devotionals at halftime for the Upward basketball games at First Prez - and across the street, at Midland High - this Saturday. Games are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.and are an hour long. If you can volunteer to give a devotional during any of these games please contact Scott or Melinda at 684-8440.

In Odessa, there are programs at
Sherwood Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Second Baptist Church and Faith Church of the Nazarene. And in Lamesa, there is a program at First Baptist Church.