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Fern Creek/Highview United Ministries (FCHUM) is a not-for-profit social service agency founded in 1988 by 10 local churches in the Louisville, Kentucky area. A group of representatives from 10 different churches met and made a commitment to move beyond their denominational ties to work together to meet the needs of our community. Today, FCHUM is supported by area churches representing a large cross-section of different denominations working together who help make many significant contributions within the community on a daily basis. Read more about FCHUM
Yoga and FCHUM
Have you ever had an experience that unfolded seamlessly leaving no doubt that it was meant to be? That has been my experience with the Fern Creek yoga classes.
My journey began when Laura Spaulding, my yoga teacher, offered me the opportunity to enter a special Yoga East teacher training. It would be tuition free on one condition. I must agree to volunteer teach one community class a week for one year. Prior to her proposition I had no interest in teaching yoga yet to my surprise I did not hesitate to accept the offer.
My vision was to bring a community class to Fern Creek, where I live. I wanted to give my neighbors a chance to try yoga. I wanted to share with them the joys and tools yoga has given me.
Around the same time my teacher training began the Fern Creek Highview United Ministries built a lovely new facility near my home. Frequently as I drove past it a little voice would say, "That would be a great spot for the class. They’re bound to have a room we could use. We could charge for the class and donate the class fees to the ministry.” I was convinced this was the place to start.
Armed with great optimism I made an appointment with Rev. Ron Loughry, the director of the ministry. I pitched the idea of the ministry sponsoring the class. Ron immediately agreed and offered a room in the building for the class. We decided to ask for a $3 donation from each attendee and we were off. The first class was held on October 4, 2010.
One Monday about four months into the class I realized we were outgrowing the space. As I stood pondering my dilemma the next blessing appeared. Jean Henle, manager of the Fern Creek Community Center, decided that night to attend her first class. She walked in, looked around, and commented that we needed a larger space. She offered us the room where we now meet. Not only did we move the next week but we added a second gentle class.
Four years later we are going strong. Combined weekly attendance is about 40 folks. We have built a wonderful yoga community. Week after week folks tell me how they are incorporating yoga into their lives. Not just in the form of poses but by using the breath and the principles yoga teaches to help navigate life's ups and downs.
Eventually the fee was raised to five dollars. Three dollars is still donated to the ministry and a portion is donated to the community center's maintenance fund. The little bit that is left goes to help buy props and pay for my ongoing teacher training.
The icing on the cake is in the four years we have been meeting the Monday yoga classes have donated $10,370 to the Fern Creek Highview United Ministries.
Due to my experience with the Monday yoga I was inspired to complete the higher level yoga training. This in turn opened the door to more experiences and wonderful people than I could begin to explain here. My cup runneth over!
With all my heart I am thankful to Laura Spaulding for her desire to bring yoga to the community, to Ron Loughry for his faith in me, to Jean Henle for her generosity and to each and every one of you who have made this wonderful experience possible.
All I have left to say is a big, loud.. Tah Dah! See you in class! Bev Hurt
From Rev. Ron Loughry, Executive Director of FCHUM
FCHUM Ministries News - Volume 16 Issue 2 - Autumn Holiday 2014 - Last year FCHUM celebrated its 25th anniversary, last year one of our churches celebrated their 100th anniversary. This year one church is celebrating 50 years, another 60 years of service and worship. These are significant events, milestones, passages along our journey. They help us note where we have been and where we are going. While FCHUM continues to provide assistance each and every day, we do think about the future. How can we be the best stewards of the resources entrusted to us from you and others?
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