Category: Christian Initiatives


April 14, 2020
We have a bird feeder hanging from the soffit just above a window on the front of our house. It’s a simple, two-sided wooden feeder that I bought online when I couldn’t get my act together enough to build one. I had good intentions though, and a Pinterest link somewhere to prove it, I’m sure. For over a year, my daughter and I have filled this little house-shaped bird buffet… [...]
March 30, 2020
Research shows that children thrive on structure and consistency, both of which help build trust between a child and their caregiver(s). Little ones like to know that they’re going to eat around the same time every day, that they have to brush their teeth and get dressed, that you’ll help clean up a boo-boo, and they especially love the feeling of security that comes from showing affection to their bids… [...]
March 19, 2020
John Kimball, Lead Pastor of Palmwood Church and a Guest Contributor for the YMCA of Central Florida Shalom. It’s a beautiful word. Most people know it means “peace.” But this wonderful Hebrew word means so much more. Shalom is much more than the absence of conflict, strife or war; it is real wholeness, completeness, fulfillment, health, safety, and peace. In the creation account (Genesis Chapter 1), after each day’s creative work,… [...]
September 24, 2019
On August 3, we honored our local military families with a special Military Appreciation Back-to-School Bash at the Osceola County YMCA Family Center, Titusville YMCA Family Center, and Frank Deluca YMCA Family Center in partnership with One More Child, VA, Homes for Heroes, and more. The back-to-school bash, which included backpack giveaways to military families, community services, and recreational activities such as inflatable obstacles and face painting, is part of… [...]
April 04, 2019
On Thursday, April 18, the YMCA of Central Florida will host its Celebration of Prayer Breakfast from 7:15-8:30 AM at the First Baptist Church of Orlando. For 25 years, this annual community tradition has brought together people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds to unite in prayer. Celebration of Prayer supports the Y’s mission to improve the lives of all in Central Florida by connecting individuals, families and communities with… [...]
January 03, 2019
Chad Garmon, Executive Director of Christian Initiatives & Community Partnerships What do you think when you hear the word, “stewardship?” Many times, this word is associated with donation requests, but the concept of stewardship goes much, much deeper than that. A steward is someone who manages the possessions of another. We are all God’s stewards, managing the resources, abilities and opportunities that He has entrusted to our care. Jesus teaches… [...]
August 07, 2018
What happens when you take 400 teens and adults from all over the US and put them together for a week in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains? The answer is as simple as this quote by one of our teens: “This was the best day of my life.”   Once again, the YMCA of Central Florida loaded up buses and made the journey to the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black… [...]
July 01, 2018
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11 Many of you have heard the famous poem Foot Prints in the Sand. It tells of a fictional story of man walking the beach with God and looks back to see only one set of footprints at times in his… [...]
June 01, 2018
The earth is the Lord’s and everything in the world, and all who live in it;  -Psalm 24:1 Do we truly believe these words? Are we living our lives as a people who believe that everything belongs to God? That would mean that our families and relationships are His. Our money and even how we earn that money is His. It would even mean that our bodies are His. Many… [...]
May 29, 2018
Not Plan “B” (Plan Be: Still) I’ve heard people say that God does not have a plan “B” but I do believe that He has a plan “Be.” In the Gospel of Mark, we find Jesus and his followers are on a boat after a long, exhausting day. The writer tells us after this hard day, Jesus falls asleep on the boat. But even after a long day, Jesus is… [...]
May 07, 2018
Jesus says the greatest commandment is: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 (NIV) Would you like to participate in a meaningful mission trip without even leaving Orlando this summer? What if you had the… [...]
March 30, 2018
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor:  Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside,… [...]
January 23, 2018
If you have ever traveled on a commercial airline, you have heard and probably ignored the flight attendants giving the safety briefing. It is actually very good advice on how we should approach our own self-care. It often sounds something like this: “In the event the cabin loses air pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead compartment… please place your mask over your nose and mouth before attempting to… [...]
June 14, 2016
As Central Florida continues to deal with the aftermath of the Orlando shootings, the Y is committed to helping our community heal and move forward. Many of our Y staff and members have personal connections to the victims. Others,  including first responders, medical personnel and victims’ families, will be turning to the Y to help them overcome stress, grief and trauma. We’re ready with counselors, pastors and others who can provide… [...]
April 04, 2013
Bringing the Easter message home to 800-plus local leaders on Good Thursday morning, Barry Black, 62nd Chaplain of the U.S. Senate and guest speaker for the 19th Annual YMCA of Central Florida Celebration of Prayer breakfast, asked the audience “How many of us are carrying a cross we did not choose to carry?” In asking the thought-provoking question, Chaplain Black challenged guests not to respond to life with indifference, but… [...]
March 13, 2012
YMCA Prayer Breakfast Brings Together Residents and Leaders to Strengthen the Spirit of the Community during Holy Week ORLANDO, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida brings Virginia “Gigi” Graham to Orlando on Thursday, April 5, to share her inspirational message of faith and unite nearly a thousand community residents and leaders at one of the largest prayer breakfasts held in Central Florida during Holy Week. The YMCA’s 18th Annual… [...]