The Heart of FUMY

The Heart of FUMY

By: Sharon Russo

I have started this article five times and each time I’ve deleted the words just to stare at a blank screen all over again. I mean how can I put to words the feelings I have in my heart for Foothills and FUMY?
I guess the beginning is a good place to start…

I found Foothills about 14 years ago. My daughters were only two and I had been searching for the right church for months. Then God had His hand in leading me to Foothills and the moment I walked through the doors, I knew I had found our church home. Over the years, my girls have been through every program offered here from pre-school to Kid’s Exploration to children’s choir to Hand Bells to FUMY. We were deeply woven into the fabric of Foothills.

About a year ago the position of youth director became available. I had been volunteering for the previous three years as a youth leader and had already fallen in love with the youth. After many conversations with family and friends and many long talks with God… I decided to put my faith into action and applied for the job. I thank God every day that Foothills put their faith in me. I truly believe that God knew what He was doing when He lined up the stars to put me right here, right now. Preparing me all along…

This last year has been full of blessings for me and my daughters… and this is where the words get stuck. A huge lump in my throat and tears spring to my eyes because it’s impossible to put into words what this job has meant to me and my daughters. It’s impossible to put into words how much I love these youth. It’s impossible to put into words the grace I feel every moment I have with Foothills and FUMY.

You see, this is not just a job to me, this has been a calling. This has been life changing and faith affirming. This is me, now and forever grateful for this new beginning…

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