By Jenny Lawrence
Howdy from week 29 of the Capital Fellows program!
I think I speak for everyone when I say the spring semester of Capital Fellows has zoomed by (ha, Zoom). We are knee-deep in the job search, our classes, and thinking about where we want to live come May. We are in this liminal space; one foot in Capital Fellows, one foot in the future; a space that is somehow wearing and energizing at the same time. We are expectant that the Lord is preparing our paths before us, but we wrestle with the apprehension that comes from not yet knowing what those paths are. It is a beautiful time of celebrating with one another as opportunities arise and interviews go well!
Our fellows class has become an encouraging and edifying community. A community that I admittedly didn’t know was possible to form in the midst of a pandemic. Coming into this program in August, I didn’t expect to still be behind masks in March of 2021, but that’s where we are—and when I look at the little community we have built despite all the Covid restrictions, I can’t help but praise God! Ironically, it takes a lot of effort to get to a point in a friendship where the friendship begins to feel effortless—where you don’t have to strive to be known and loved, you just are. I am beginning to recognize how effortless it feels when I am around these people now, a sweet by-product of all the effort that we’ve put in thus far. This week we got the delightful surprise of 70 degree weather, which made celebrating D Cal (David Calhoun) so sweet—tennis, ultimate frisbee, and lax (which we actually didn’t play, sorry bro) per his request!
As we find ourselves dwelling in this liminal space that is spring semester, you too might be experiencing a liminal space of your own—waiting on the pandemic to end, but not wanting to forfeit all the significant parts of life that are still happening and have been since March of 2020. There is a beauty to the liminal spaces of our lives, despite the challenge of them. As a son or daughter of the King, we recognize our entire life as a liminal space. The “already not yet” predicament. This week during Life and Leadership we talked about glorification—the final step of our salvation. How sweet that day will be when we see our Father face to face. As a group, we read 2 Corinthians 5:6-9:
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
In closing, I leave you with this challenge: what does it look like to balance our longing to go beyond this “liminal space” with living for the Lord while in the midst of it?
Pictures from the Week
@AllOtherFellowsPrograms you should probably start practicing your dance moves...
A glorious day to celebrate the life of David Calhoun with some tennis!
Become A Capital Fellow in 2021-22
We are now receiving applications for Season 15 of the Capital Fellows program!
We are specifically looking for fellows interested in working in church ministry. We have two specific jobs available, one on the worship team and one with the children's ministry teams. These are special Capital Fellows opportunities because McLean Presbyterian not only pays your salary, but also pays your Capital Fellows program fees!!
The next program year runs from late August 2021 through mid-May 2022. If you are a college senior or recent college graduate - or know someone that is - we would love to hear from you!
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Pray for the Capital Fellows
Thank you for praying for the Capital Fellows each week!
As Jenny points out, the spring semester of Capital Fellows is nearing its end. The fellows (and maybe you), find themselves "in between". Please pray for them as they continue to learn and grow as fellows while looking forward to the next season of life.
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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. TFI is also sponsored by The Budd Group, the Gordon College Master of Financial Analysis Program, and Regent College in Vancouver.
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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