At the time I am writing this, all discussions are about Halloween costumes and fall break. The leaves are turning colors and the air is prepping us for a cold winter ahead. Matthew chapter 6 verses 25-27 says: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" I'm not sure about you, but so often during the day my mind is filled with worry. Are my children safe, is the Y serving our community fully and with purpose, are those sweet kiddos who share a few hours with us each day going home to safety, love, food and warmth. Here at the Y, we know that we cannot take away all of the worries that cloud your mind. But we strive to take away some of them. Whether it is a quiet moment in yoga, a high intense work out in Insanity, a pick up game of basketball with your best friend or an emotional connection at bible study, we want to be a place of respite for you. We want that same opportunity for everyone one of our friends and neighbors. The YMCA asks you to support the Strong Kids Campaign one time per year. Every dollar raised through this campaign stays in our community and ensures that anyone that has a desire to participate at the Y can, regardless of the ability to pay. During this campaign, I hope you not only consider making a tax deductible gift to the Y, but I also hope you will share your Y story with us. What makes you come to the Y, how did you get here and why the Y? Your story is more powerful than you realize and we want to hear it.
The Y is so much more than a building, we are a mission driven movement focusing on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The Y is made of many volunteers, members and participants involved in so many different ways. Be sure to find us on Facebook and at www.adairymca.org, and send us your Y story. We are the Adair County Family YMCA, you belong here and it is my hope that you feel welcome here, each and every time you are involved with the Y. As the season picks up and the fall turns into winter, I hope you are able to let go of some of your worries and see the surrounding beauty of our community, your friends and most importantly your family. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and many wishes for a healthy and happy New Year.