FUSING FAITH AND
SPORT TOGETHER

A note from Paul Kobylarz,
Executive Director of the GP

This is the first of what is to become The GP's monthly newsletter. For those of you not aware, "Fusion" is the Community Church of Greenwood's Sports Ministry at The Gathering Place.  Why "Fusion"? The meaning of the word fusion symbolizes what we desire to see happen through our sports ministry.  Fusion is the process or transition by which substances join together to form a stronger nucleus.  Through Fusion Sports and Fitness, our goal is to see this happen on multiple fronts...  

First of all, our sports ministry intends to fuse faith and sports.  Church and sport represent two of the world's largest people groups.  While sport breeds many positive traits such as determination, discipline, and commitment, there is an endless need for fusing character in the lives of sportspeople (i.e. steroid abuse, domestic violence, sexual assaults, egotism, racism, peer pressures, etc).  The Christian faith fosters character at the highest level, and provides a strong foundation to build a solid life both now, and for eternity.   
 
Secondly we desire to fuse church (CCG) and community.  Fusing strategic relationships and partnerships in order to strategically serve the local sports community is one of our main priorities.  
We aim to train coaches to coach, and athletes to compete, with a higher purpose. 
 
Thirdly, we believe that through sport, the message of Jesus can impact culture by fusing people cross culturally.  Sport is a universal language that shapes culture, and transcends social, political and ethnic barriers. We intend to impact cultures via our unique local and global partnerships and resources (see   globalsportschaplaincy.org).  Please also see our website ( thegponline.org) to read more about how Fusion's strategies build a solid nucleus in the lives of our participants and partnerships. 




NEW LEAGUES AND PROGRAMS

FUSION GOLF LEAGUE
  • Hickory Stick Country Club
  • Co-ed
  • Tuesday's, May 10 - August 9
  • Cost: $20, for 9 holes and a drive cart
  • Tee off time: 5:30 pm 
  • Drop in/pay and play format (weekly attendance encouraged but not required).
  • Prizes for closest to the pin, long drive, and long put 

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
FUSION NUTRITION
  • Ten week nutrition course led by IIN certified Jessica Nabors (currently in progress)
  • Through this program you will be given information and practical/sustainable
    knowledge  critical to improved health and nutrition. 
  • Date of next course to be determined at the conclusion of the current course.
SPORTS MENTORSHIP
  • Tuesday's and Wednesday's 3-5 pm. 
     
  • The GP's Executive Director, Paul Kobylarz, is an ex-professional hockey player (University of Michigan/New Jersey Devils) and an Ordained Pastor, who has served as an accredited Olympic Chaplain/Sports Mentor at six Olympics, and over 20 other Major Sporting Events around the world including World Championships, Pan Am Games, and the NFL combine. He has worked with several professional, collegiate, and Olympic athletes, helping them find a balance between faith, sport, and life. Paul's heart is to help athletes build their identity and foundation in life through the Christian faith while helping them reach their full potential as athletes, and even more importantly, as people. 
     
  •  If you're struggling with performance-based identity, pressure, or self confidence, Paul welcomes and wishes to encourage you. Schedule an appointment, or drop in during the following hours; Tuesday's and Wednesday's: 3pm-5pm; or email paul@ccgonline.org.

FUSION RECIPE
OF THE MONTH
by Nutrition Specialist Jessica Nabors

Egg Scramble muffin 
* 18 eggs 
* ½ cup milk (unflavored nut milk as vegetarian substitution) 
* ½ lb ground turkey or grass-fed beef (scrambled tofu or veggie sausage as vegetarian substitution) 
* Shredded cheddar cheese 
* ½ cup green onion, chopped 
* Chopped veggies of your choice (broccoli, spinach, kale, tomatoes, etc.) 
* Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste 
Directions: 1. Cook turkey/beef/veggie substitute in skillet 2. Whisk together eggs, milk, veggies, and seasonings 3. Put scrambled meat or meat substitute in the bottom of a muffin tin, sprayed with non-stick spray. Pour egg mixture over top to fill up cups. Top with cheddar. 4. Bake at 350 until firm and golden brown, approximately 30 to 35 minutes. Store extras in plastic bag in fridge or freezer. Heat up when ready to eat, and enjoy!