2018-09-12 / Living & Style

Colquitt United Methodist Church Hosts Fall Sports Recognition Sunday

A large group of athletes enjoyed the service and luncheon in their honor. A large group of athletes enjoyed the service and luncheon in their honor. The Colquitt United Methodist Church hosted Fall Sports Recognition Sunday on August 26 during the morning worship service. Over 200 athletes and their family members were in attendance. Football and softball team members and coaches from Miller County High School and Southwest Georgia Academy were present, along with school cheerleaders and the Pirate Pride Band.

The children’s sermon by Jessica Lawhorne and Rev. Scott Stanfill’s message were both directed to the athletes. The scriptural base for the preacher was from the first chapter of Philippians, the one he focused on throughout the month of August. The verses highlighted this Sunday were as follows: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in the knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God,” Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV). Brother Scott used these verses and stories of his father, a football great, to make his points about succeeding in sports, but more importantly about living a Christian life.

Bill Stanfill was a defensive tackle for the Georgia Bulldogs, where he received the Outland Trophy, was named All American, and was also noted for his academic achievement. He was the 11th overall pick in the 1st round of the 1969 NFL draft and played defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, where he was a member of its two Super Bowl-winning teams. For his accomplishments in football, Stanfill was inducted in the Sports Hall of Fame in both Georgia and Florida. Bro. Scott assured his listeners that Bill Stanfill was not only an outstanding football figure, but he was a good father and a good man. The sermon was an inspiration to the aspiring athletes present and to all others in the congregation.

Following the morning worship service, the student athletes, cheerleaders, band members, and their family members were guests of honor at lunch served in the church fellowship hall. Everyone enjoyed a meal consisting of grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, macaroni and cheese, and brownies.

Colquitt United Methodi s t Church looks forward to its Spring Sports Recognition Day for members of the basketball, baseball, track, and golf teams. Also on Sunday, Sept. 16, the congregation will salute all first responders for their service to the community. Everyone is welcome to attend the special service and meal to follow.

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