Tom A. Finch YMCA hosts spiritual enrichment series

Speakers to present 8 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 1
Sep. 17, 2013 @ 02:57 PM

Less than a month after co-hosting a prayer breakfast that lifted the spirits of city and county leaders, the Tom A. Finch YMCA unveiled the schedule for a Spiritual Enrichment Series that will feature a number of local speakers to reinvigorate the community.

Jarrod Dunbar, director of membership, said this is not the first time the organization has organized something like this and hopes it will remind members of the YMCA mission.

"We felt like we needed to get back to what we were doing," Dunbar said. "Basically, the committee decided we wanted local folks, representing different genders, races and denominations. We have male and female speakers from Lutheran, Baptist and Methodist backgrounds. Everybody comes from a different theological and doctrinal background. We hope these will be thought-provoking, refreshing and challenging."

One speaker will introduce a new topic of spirituality every Tuesday during October. Starting Oct. 1, Pastor Michael McNair of Emmanuel Baptist Church will open the series at 8 a.m. with a message on spirituality in the community. The week following, Pastor Jonathan Conrad of Grace Lutheran Church will speak on spirituality in the workplace.

Lynda Hepler, administrator of the children's ministry at Memorial United Methodist Church, hopes the series helps others to to see the significance of focusing on getting back to the basics of service. One of the best ways to do this, she has found, is to follow the words of Mark 10:15 and view the kingdom of Heaven as a little child.

"My thoughts are with this series, we will be looking at spirituality through the eyes of a child," Hepler said. "It's not that a child's spiritual is something that can be taught, but is experienced. Any church or faith-based program provides the best opportunities to experience the Divine. It's not something we add on, like education or sports. I think it's a great opportunity for the community."

Hepler is on the schedule for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. She will deliver a message on spirituality in children and family. Cyrus Bush, chaplain at the Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, will conclude the series from 8 to 9 a.m. Oct. 29 on practicing spirituality in medicine.

Refreshments will be provided at each presentation, which will take place in the board room at Tom A. Finch YMCA. For more information, contact Jarrod Dunbar at 474-5243.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.