The "Goldilocks Zone." Have you ever heard of that place? Recently, I learned we actually live in it. It's a term used to explain the perfect distance between our planet and the sun. If we were just a little closer to it, we'd burn. A little further? We'd freeze. Instead, the distance between Earth and the sun is just right--our relationship is just right.
In many ways, being in this zone is what we desire for every facet of our lives, isn't it? Which makes me so excited to let you know about a Goldilocks relationship that Immanuel Church is entering into this Fall; a relationship with an organization that's just right.
More than a decade ago, Immanuel launched a brand-new ministry called Upward Basketball. In the years following, God used this ministry to introduce thousands of kids to Jesus and connect hundreds of families to our church community. It's been a vital component of the stellar reputation our family has in northern Lake County. Just this last season, around 250 kids were connected with a coach that consistently loved and supported them within the context of a fun and safe sports environment.
We believe God is calling us to do more. Which is precisely what makes On Fire Sports a perfect fit for us. On Fire has been in operation in Lake County for more than 10 years, using existing programs like Upward to introduce kids to the Gospel through sports. However, they do so with a much broader reach through additional programs like Onward and Forward which allow middle school and high school students the opportunity to continue on with basketball beyond their sixth grade season. In addition to basketball, On Fire offers volleyball and sports camps, along with summer day camp. Last year, more than 500 kids participated in one or more of these programs.
Beginning this Fall, On Fire Sports will become icSports and officially be a sub-ministry of Immanuel Church. I'm excited to expand our influence for the Kingdom further into Lake County and see what God does through this new partnership. Carlton Cessna has been the Executive Director for nearly a decade and will continue to fill that role with Immanuel. He and his teams are exceptional in what they provide for families through sports ministry.
We are so excited!