The 14th year of the Capital Fellows program launched last week with the arrival of fourteen amazing individuals. One by one, the fellows arrived at the retreat center. Their cars were filled with nine months worth of life's "essentials". Their hearts were filled with excitement and questions. Over the first few hours, the ice of unfamiliarity melted a little bit with the help of the infamous Capital Fellows Box of Awkward (patent pending).
Over the next few days, the fellows shared their life stories and journeys of faith. They enjoyed meals together, a hike, some games...all with masks, social distance, and plenty of hand sanitizer. As we like to say at McLean Presbyterian Church and the Capital Pres Family, hope is not canceled...and neither is Capital Fellows!
Each morning, we read Romans 12 together. This amazing bit of Scripture calls us to renew our minds, to love with genuine love, and to generously share our gifts in service to others. It speaks to the rich diversity of blessings God has poured out on the church and exhorts us to use them wisely. These are amazing and challenging ideas, as relevant today as at any time in human history.
The fourteen fellows of Capital Fellows Season 14, like the 154 fellows that came before them, are on an amazing journey. They have come to learn more about God and his Word, to explore his unique callings upon each of them, and to grow in their leadership and service to others. As this year begins, please join us in supporting them with prayer and words of encouragement.
You can learn more about each fellow by visiting our Meet the Fellows page. you can also download this PDF for your phone or tablet to use as a prayer guide throughout the year. You can also stay up with the Capital Fellows throughout the year by reading this blog each week.
THANK YOU to the many, many people that work so hard to make the Capital Fellows program what it is - host families, mentors, employers, recruiters, admissions team, work placement team, host family team, hospitality team, professors, steering committee, church staff, and many others. This year we want to say a very special thank you to the many people that have donated furniture, kitchen utensils, bedding, and supplies to the fellows that are living at the house formerly known as The Ranch, now and forever to be known as The Li'l Situation (aka The Sitch).
To each of the new Capital Fellows - Rachel, David, Cole, Hunter, Holly, Emma, Jenny, Mattie, Emily, Wilson, Daniel, Sam, Eric and Delaney - welcome to the Washington DC area, the Capital Pres Family, and the Capital Fellows program. I am excited to spend this year with you, growing and learning together.
Grace and peace in Christ,
Welcome Capital Fellows Season 14
Kickoff Retreat: Working through the Capital Fellows Box of Awkward (patent pending)
Kickoff Retreat: Capital Fellows Assistant Director, Sarah Sarsfield, teaching on life in community
Benefits of The Fellows Initiative
You probably already know that Capital Fellows is one of 30 fellows programs in The Fellows Initiative network. But, did you know that the sponsors of TFI offer great benefits to Capital Fellows alumni? For example, Reformed Theological Seminary offers a 33% tuition discount for 5 years. You can learn more about TFI's sponsors by clicking here.
If you know of a graduate school, seminary, employer, or other organization that would be interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact TFI by clicking here. Thanks!
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