Wow! I can’t believe it’s this time of year again! These past four years have truly been a whirlwind. I am so overcome with blessings as I think through what these years have brought us. Your passion and love for this community have been my guiding light. This has been a class of renewal. You were never afraid to speak up and seek change in this community. Even though your fingerprints might not physically be on the church, you have certainly left them on our hearts.
I don’t have any profound words of wisdom of my own to share with you so I’ll turn to the source that always knows what to say. “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid, do not be despondent, for the LORD, your God, will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). I found this verse my senior year of college and it has been my favorite ever since. God has so many wonderful plans for each of your lives. More than likely, you’ll find yourself in situations which may cause you to doubt
yourself and your abilities. Be confident and courageous in yourself! Each of you is more capable than you think! “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world” (John 16:33). If you ever need a pep talk, call your favorite campus minister, or, better yet, consult the Scriptures.
This class is certainly one we’re very proud of. We couldn’t ask for more passionate, loving , and dedicated people to be the Church. We know that God has big plans for each of you. If you keep listening to Him and step out in faith, you will do incredible things! Thank you for everything you have done to radiate the presence of Jesus Christ to all whom you have encountered. Thank you for truly showing me how to take leaps of faith and lean on those around me.
Know you will always have a home here at St. Tom’s and don’t forget to stop in every now and then!
Roll Along and God Bless,
Alicia Schmiesing, Campus Minister
First Row Michelle Kahle, Lauren Brenizer, Emma Harkness, Teresa Puckrin, Abigail Kish, Rebecca Shields Second Row Mariclare Dempsey, Rachel Elwer, Mary Beth Potthoff, Hailey Theis, Lauren Strauss Third Row Adam Gretsinger, Dylan Neher, Victoria Hirsel, Gabe Payne, Sarah Hinkle, Vincent Fauceglia, Travis Thornton
Recipient of St. Thomas More Award Mary Beth Potthoff
Recipient of St. Vincent de Paul Award Dylan Neher
Recipient of St. John the Evangelist Award Travis Thornton