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Better than I could ever say it…

Last month our congregation awarded it’s annual Tom Ablauf Scholarship to Katherine Baker, a Senior @ Hampton High School and a member of our congregation.  That Sunday she spoke to the congregation and said the following:

Brian gave a sermon recently that really hit home with me.  He reminded all of us how much more important it is for parents to bring their kids up to be Christians than to bring their kids up to be Steeler’s fans, and it made me realize how thankful I was that my parents have done just that in raising me.  Coming to church and Sunday School has never been an option for me, and I always went to LOGOS as a child.  In middle school LOGOS changed to SWAT and then to JAM in high school.  In my family church involvement has never been something I’ve questioned, and I am glad that my parents have instilled such strong Christian values in me. (emphasis mine) They have brought me up to be a strong student and a well-rounded person in life as well.  The option to not do my homework or try my hardest on all my exams was never presented to me, and these values have stayed with me through high school.  My dad has also prodded me to try new sports and activities, and to prove to people that I can succeed at as many things as possible.  Next year I will be attending Houghton College and I would never be where I am now without my parent’s strong guidance and the support of my church family.  I did not know Tom personally, but from seeing his extended family every week at church I know he was raised with the same strong ideals.  It is such an honor to receive this scholarship, and I only pray that I will live up to the high standards that Tom Ablauf set not only in academics and athletics, but also in his faith and his life.  Thank you.  

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