October 2017

"I Guess I'm Selfish"
by Joel Fether, City Life East

        "Joel, I'm not coming today."
        "Because I'm going to a birthday party."
        "Pete already bought the tickets!  You can't back out four hours before we leave just because you'd rather do something else!  That is super selfish man!"
        "I guess I'm selfish then."
        "What are we supposed to do with the extra tickets?!  It's not like we can take them back!" 
        This was a conversation that I had via text message with Juan about a month ago regarding him backing out of attending a sporting event.  As you can see, I was not pleased with some of his choices and felt the need to be direct with him.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE

A Unique and Exciting Giving Opportunity

The Big Give Is Back!
This unique giving opportunity allows every gift made to COYFC or GRACEHAVEN during the 26-hour giving rally to be automatically increased.

How Does It Work?
The Columbus Foundation has made available a bonus pool of $1.3 million to organizations who are registered in their online data base called "The Giving Store." Central Ohio Youth for Christ and Gracehaven are both registered, and we are excited to partner once again with The Columbus Foundation in this event.

You Can Make a Gift in Three Easy Steps:
1) Between 10 a.m. on October 10 and 12 p.m. on October 11 go to www.columbusfoundation.org/the-giving-store.

2) Type in CENTRAL OHIO YOUTH FOR CHRIST or GRACEHAVEN in the search box.

3) Click the GIVE button to make a gift, and follow the directions.

Credit card fees are covered, so 100% of every gift goes to COYFC or GRACEHAVEN.

Questions? Contact Vicky Thompson at 614.848.4870 x6105 or vthompson@coyfc.org.

Welcome Sage Shahid
We are excited to introduce Sage Shahid as the new Manager of YFC's Finance Department. Sage has an MBA in Finance and Accounting, and more than 10 years of experience   in the fields of accounting, financial management, consulting, system development and training. He has worked with 20 Fortune 500 organizations all around the globe and has successful led over 30 system implementation projects and trained over 100 people.

Sage has a heart for young people and a desire to see them following Christ as the best choice for their lives.  In 2016, Sage moved from Pakistan to the United States with his American wife. Please join us in welcoming Sage to our team.

Do You Like to Work with Kids?
YFC needs adults who love to work with kids. Depending on your interests, we have opportunities for you:

Mentoring - Mentors commit to work with middle or high school students once a week for a minimum of one year. YFC provides training and lots of support. For more information  CLICK HERE.

Tutoring - Tutors go into elementary schools and work with students during their lunch hour to help them with their reading skills. Commitment is once a week from October to April. We partner with more than 30 schools in Columbus, Hilliard, Dublin and Westerville. For more information, CLICK HERE.

If you would like to speak with someone about these opportunities, please contact Bryan Brookes at 614-848-4870 or bbrookes@coyfc.org.

How You Can Serve With Us
PRAY  - For our staff and volunteers who spend many hours serving the teens and their families.

SHARE - Tell others about COYFC and how they can join our mission to at-risk youth. Tell them about our Blog where we post stories from our work. CLICK HERE FOR YFC BLOG.

GIVE - Our mission together is yielding great rewards...we thank you for you investment to the cause. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

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