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Community: Prison Christian Growth Group 

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PCGG Mission Statement:

"...Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world ... For when I was in prison...you came to visit me." (Matt. 25:34-36)

Themes for the first 4 gatherings and their purpose ...

ISOLATION: Many people in our world, our Church, yes our parish, feel distanced from one another. One could be in a crowded church or at a church function and still feel isolated.

LOVE: Our purpose in this gathering is to examine our weaknesses from St. Paul's "admonitions" in 1 Cor. 13 (love is kind, patient, etc.).

COMMUNITY: What we really want is to develop a much stronger sense of community within our parish which will ultimately transform the very world we live in. We cannot do this alone.

FORGIVENESS: The basis for being Christian, Jesus died so that sins may be forgiven. He expects us to forgive others as we are forgiven by the Father.

OTHER THEMES: Reality of Discipleship, Discernment, Leadership, Healing, Humility, Holiness, Peripheral Vision, Perseverance, Resolving conflict and many more.

A little about outlaw country legend Johnny Cash, just marginally related ...

Community: Shippensburg Co-Ed Tennis Club 

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Pictured left to right in the boys row in the back is Drew, Ryan, Allen (myself), Adam, and Jesse. Pictured left to right in the girls row is Alicia, Lauren, and Laura. Adam was coach and Bryant Sigfried, not pictured was club president.

Some of the schools we traveled to for matches included HACC, Villanova, Bucknell, and Unversity of Maryland. Our team exercised good comradery by spending a lot of time together practicing as well as socializing. Parties, bowling, and restarant gatherings were frequent get togethers.

I learned a few neat tricks from my tennis experience at Shippensburg. First, use top-spin. Second, when serving, hold the ball an arms length out in front of you for the toss. Third, follow the ball with your arm when it is lobbed over you to set yourself up for a overhead slam. Finally, move your feet when you play.

Community: Shippensburg MIS Club 

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I participated in the MIS club all five years I was in college. I attended most of the meetings and helped out with duties like representing the club at an open house for prospective students. I was nominated for leadership within the club as well. Other responsibities included testing windows Vista for the club and petitioning my Global Data Consultants LLC internship boss to speak at a club meeting. I learned a lot from employers like Tyco Electronics that visited the club and taught me important lessons like always wearing a suit to an interview. The club was not just work either. We did fun stuff too like watch the movie Office Space in the business college building presentation room.

Community: Shippensburg Catholic Campus Ministry 

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The Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) was my favorite club at Shippensburg. The duty I am most proud of to help out the club was running the club website. I used Ektron Content Management System (CMS) to update news, add photos, update the calendar, update leadership positions, and write descriptions of events. Catholic Campus Minister Roxanne Dennis approved the role as well as did pastor Fr. Dave Hilliard (now deceased). Aside from running the website, I participated in washing dishes after our weekly Wednesday evening dinners. We also went to the home of Roxanne and served food to residents of South Mountain Restoration Center. This was a facility I visited too and met with residents to talk to them and give them the smiles they needed from youthful college students. I attended daily and Sunday Mass as part of my duty to be a good member of the club as well. The name of the church at Shippensburg is Our Lady of the Visitation Parish located right alongside the front of the campus at old main. Other responsibilities I assumed included serving the blood at campus Mass to Shippensburg students and reading the assigned scripture readings for that days Mass. We took retreats to various communities to get rid of the stress of school and meet other sisters and priests. Although not required by the the club, I made a pilgrammage to Medjugorje during summer break and brought back a Rosary for Roxanne which turned to gold.