By Dawson Aichholz
One of my favorite shows in college was ‘The West Wing.’ As a political science nerd and lover of good writing, this show truly appealed to my love of American history and politics. One distinct part of the show that always stood out to me was President Josiah Bartlet’s signature line: “What’s next?”Amidst the hectic schedule of a presidency and the craziness of Hollywood drama, President Bartlet always seemed to find an invincible persona of endurance.
Yet, I have learned that I do not possess this unbreakable strength in and of myself during these last six plus months of Fellows. Life has been full of blessings such as fellowship, awesome Biblical learning, new friendships, and growing in my walk with the Lord. Life has also consisted of work, class, job search stress, balancing a social life and the necessity of rest, having seemingly dozens of books to try to read, and other “to do” list activities… All of which have shown me that I cannot carry these burdens alone. President Bartlet may be able to handle the country’s burdens, but I will fully admit that I cannot handle my burdens on my own.
I may not fully know “what’s next”, but I do know that I can hold on to an eternal hope in the work my Savior has done on the cross, as well as His reign that will continue on for eternity. While I may not know what my next job will be or what my living situation after May will look like, I do know I have an everlasting victory through Him Who loves me and calls me His child. This life changing peace: of knowing that the Creator of the universe deeply cares for me and personally walks alongside me through the ups and downs of life, has given me an unshakable kind of rest and security in Him.
Oh, what a blessing to know Jesus Christ, Who loves me! I hope and pray that you have this truth to hold on to as the waves of life rise and break. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:57-58 ESV)
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Become A Capital Fellow in 2022-23
We are now receiving applications for Season 16 of the Capital Fellows program!
THE CLASS IS FILLING UP! APPLY TODAY!
IMPORTANT: SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK AT MCLEAN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - Most fellows work in the marketplace - for companies, nonprofits, government offices. Three Capital Fellows work at our church each year as well. For these roles, we are looking for a worship fellow, a children's ministry fellow, and a missions fellow. These are special Capital Fellows opportunities because you are not only paid a salary, but also your Capital Fellows program fees are covered as well!
The Season 16 program year runs from late August 2022 through mid-May 2023. If you are a college senior or recent 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!
Most Monday nights, the Capital Fellows gather for Capital Commons. It's a time to share a meal (cooked by the Fellows!), a time of singing, discussion, and prayer. In the fall, the we talked through the topics of Vocation and Servanthood. They're currently wrapping up a season of talking about Community. For finish out the year, the discussions will focus on Leadership. Please be in prayer for the Capital Fellows as they explore these topics, dig into God's Word, and consider God's calling on all of us to bring flourishing in the world according to His design and desires.
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Benefits of The Fellows Initiative
You probably already know that Capital Fellows is one of 32 fellows programs in The Fellows Initiative network. Capital Fellows benefit from our affiliation with The Fellows Initiative in many ways. One of those ways is that all Capital Fellows alumni receive a 33% tuition discount at Reformed Theological Seminary for 5 years. For more information, please contact us.
If you know a church in the US or Canada that would benefit from joining The Fellows Initiative by launching a new fellows program. Please contact TFI by visiting their website.
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