By Mattie MacDonald
In Dr. Bill Clark’s class – Identity and Relationships – this semester, we’re writing a paper on what we will remember from the book The Anatomy of the Soul by Dr. Curt Thompson. This prompt made me start thinking about the things I will remember from this Capital Fellows year as a whole. Unlike many of the Fellows, I am not a consistent journaler, so I figured this blog was the best way to record all the fun and tender memories I want to remember when I look back on Capital Fellows in 20 years. One thing’s for sure, I want to remember all thirteen of my fellow Fellows who have helped make this year unforgettable.
The awkward meeting… finally finding out what people looked like from the neck down... it was uncomfortable, fun, and weird, especially with the masks.
The scavenger hunt. My team won ☺ and the sandwiches from the Italian Store were unbelievable. We were sweaty, exhausted, and just getting to see people’s personalities shine through.
Bill Fullilove throwing an Expo Marker 100 feet in a perfect arc and making it into the trash can during our first class ever. That set the tone for the year for sure!
Dance parties in the Sitch backyard. Practicing for the wedding receptions of the TWO (!) fellows getting married in 2021.
The cooking styles of Ginger Schmidt. Master chef and generous hostess, she has truly shown the Fellows what it means to have the spiritual gift of hospitality.
John Kyle getting so excited about the truths of Scripture. If you haven’t heard him say “amazing!” during Roundtable, are you really a Capital Fellow?
Pour it Out. My roommates and I (the Sitch girls) make margaritas and talk about our highs, lows and buffalos (an awkward situation) of the week. Sometimes we have special guests. Sometimes we have Piña Coladas. Sometimes we laugh. Sometimes we cry. Every time, it’s the highlight of my week.
Dutch Blitz, the card game. We’ve played it on retreats, we’ve played it between and after classes, we’ve played it at Caboose. You can always be sure David has a pack with him.
Affirmations. Oh man, you would think standing on a chair and telling someone one thing you love about them would always feel weird, but it’s one of the most powerful community builders I’ve ever experienced.
Beating the Falls Church Fellows at Ultimate Frisbee. Enough said.
Bagel Breakfasts. Our resident Bagel King™ Sam Trizza makes all the Fellows his bagels as we sit outside and chat; it’s a slow Saturday morning at its best.
Coffee dates with my gal Fellows. They’re great. Seriously.
Experiencing the beautiful spring weather. Nothing is better than a sunny day and being outside with people you have come to know and love.
This is just a snapshot of the memories I hope to carry with me. If you ever get a chance to meet a Season 14 Capital Fellow, take it. I mean it!
Pictures from the Week
Some of the Capital Fellows exploring Washington DC
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!
Pray for the Capital Fellows
Thank you for praying for the Capital Fellows each week!
There are just four weeks until the Capital Fellows year-end banquet. Wow, this year has gone by fast! The fellows are doing well with job interviews, searching for housing, and keeping their heads in the game as fellows. Please pray for them in the season to find balance and to keep their eyes focused on Jesus. Thank you for your faithful prayer support!
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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.
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