I came across an interesting submission to our Beliefs Briefs. Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Cary ran this item about a planned sermon by the Rev. Pat Russell, the church's pastor: "Why is Good Shepherd the only church in the country with a vital connection to a team of Rollergirls?”
Encouraged by a colleague, I had to find out more. I went to the church's Web site and found that Good Shepherd has an outreach ministry to the Carolina Rollergirls roller hockey team. They provide volunteers for the games "just to let the girls and their fans know that we stand beside them in their commitment to well-run amateur women's athletics and their efforts to provide great sports action suitable for the whole family and for the whole community," a newsletter states.
Intrigued by this church program, I e-mailed Pastor Russell to find out more. Russell said the church usually provides 6-12 volunteers for each game. He said he is impressed by the commitment and dedication of the all-volunteer team of women. He wrote in his reply, "Although there is a lot of hard-hitting competition, CRG has worked very hard to make their events good family entertainment for all ages at a cost that virtually everyone can afford. They work hard to be good role models, and they are eager to serve as mentors for new skaters and for new teams. The sense of community among the skaters, as well as with other members of the GRG “family,” is very strong and positive."
Russell was preparing a sermon on the ministry for this past Sunday. If you'd like to read it, it should be up soon on their Web site, gsucc.org.