FUSING FAITH AND
SPORT TOGETHER

A note from Paul Kobylarz,
Executive Director of the GP

I'm excited to send you the second GP monthly newsletter. For those of you not aware, "Fusion" is the Community Church of Greenwood's Sports Ministry at  The Gathering Place .   Here's what's happening at the GP. 

Partnership with Southside hockey
CCG/The GP and Southside Youth Hockey Association (SYHA) are in the process of developing an exciting partnership.  The partnership will feature off-ice training programs and Phys-Ed training at The GP. Additionally, I will offer on-ice training to their youth teams. (I am formerly a Division 1 collegiate hockey player at the University of Michigan and a professional in the New Jersey Devils organization). SYHA's Paul Evans (Registrar) and Jeremy Kuntz (President) have reiterated their appreciation and receptivity to the biblical values of which CCG/The GP stands for. They feel that these principles complement the family values which are the foundation of their programs. This partnership officially kicked into gear in July as Paul Evans and I traveled to Sweden to observe two hockey camps, with the intention of developing a partnership with SYHA's current camps (see Mission Trip to Sweden below). 

An interview with volunteer Dilip Vyas
(Referee and former elite soccer player)
Since I moved to Greenwood I have been looking for a church that would satisfy my needs spiritually. I had been officiating soccer at The Gathering Place for a long while when one day Paul Kobylarz asked me to attend a Sunday service at CCG. I knew immediately it was God's will as my wife and I felt so welcomed in such a warm and hospitable environment. The service was very exciting and the worship music was awesome. The message was inspiring and applicable to my daily life.  As a volunteer at The GP, I help to develop the soccer program and officiate games. I do this to help the adults and kids in the sport I love the most, in order to show them what sportsmanship is all about, based on the following verse... "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." Philippians 2:3


NEWLY-RESTORED GYM FLOORS
ALSO INCLUDES 6 PICKLEBALL COURTS
  • As with the newly renovated Group Fitness, Weight, and Cardio rooms at The GP, CCG is committed to creating a positive GP experience for our members.  We are proud to announce that we are completely refurbishing the racquetball and gym floors (which includes basketball, pickleball and volleyball courts)! Cincinnati Flooring, the company that restores basketball courts of The Indiana Pacers and Purdue Boilermakers and who is considered the best in the business, is currently in mid-stream making this happen. The floors will resume activity on Tuesday, September 6.
     
PICKLE BALL
  • A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.
  • Monday's and Wednesday's 10:30-1:00 
  • Cost: GP members - free; $2 non-member
     
MISSION TRIP TO SWEDEN
 
CCG has a missions partnership with Sport For Life (SFL), in Sweden. SFL is an organization started by CCG's Paul Kobylarz, with the purpose of building bridges between Church and Sport in Sweden and throughout Europe. SFL offers multi ple sports camps each year with professional instructors, helping kids reach their highest p otential as athletes while equipping them for life with biblically-based Life Skill Training. They also empower local churches to support sports clubs with Leadership and Major Event Chaplaincy training, both with a biblical foundation, equipping sports clubs to work with athletes and clubs that deal with performance-based identity issues, fair play, positive  thinking, injuries, life after sport, etc. Southside Hockey's Paul Evans along with his wife Angela, traveled with Paul Kobylarz to observe and partake in SFL's two hockey camps in Sweden. "It was an experience of a lifetime!" Paul said. SYHA and CCG/GP intend to build on this experience and partnership moving forward.

 

REGISTER FOR YOUTH WINTER LEAGUES
  • Early registration for Youth Winter Leagues, including indoor flag football and basketball, ends Sept. 23. Late registration is Sept. 24-30. Click here to register.
     

FUSION RECIPE
OF THE MONTH
by Nutrition Specialist Jessica Nabors

Baked Avacado with Egg 
2 Ripe Avocados
4 Fresh Eggs
Pepper 
Chopped Chives 

Directions: 
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 
2. Slice the avocados in half, and take out the pit. Scoop out some of the flesh from the avocado, enough so the egg will fit nicely in the center. 
3. Place the avocados in a small baking dish. Pack them in tightly or roll foil to make supports. 
4. Crack an egg into each avocado half. Try to crack the yolk in first, then let the egg whites spill in to fill up the rest of the shell. 5. Place them in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the size of your eggs/avocados and on your oven. Make sure the egg whites have enough time to set. 
6. Remove from the oven, season with pepper, chives, and garnish of your choice. Salsa is a great compliment to this recipe!