Foundry United Methodist Church

Alex Marvin, Foundry Youth




Youth Sunday

Sunday, June 18, 2006 – 9:30 a.m.



Matthew 5: 13-16




“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives its light off to everyone in the house.”


While looking at the one light in my room that reaches from corner to corner, and while thinking over my life and trying to imagine or to come up with one person who has influenced me, three individuals came to mind instead.


The first time I met these individuals, I was a dorky seventh grader being forced to go to Sunday school. At that time I remember I did not especially want to spend my Sundays in a class with people I did not know, but would rather have been sleeping like every other young kid. Although I was at a point in my life in which I did not know how to be social nor especially wanted to be, I ended up making one of the best decisions of my life, because even three years after being in their class, I am still continuing to learn from them.


Even though they may want to tell you I slept through some of their classes, and even though that might be slightly true, I remember the respect they showed me and the rest of the youth. I could never tell any difference from the time they were talking to me and when they were talking to each other or other grown-ups.


They have taught me ambition, respect and knowledge. After looking back on the lessons they taught, I’ve realized even more how inspirational these three were. For example, I always make eye contact with someone who is speaking to me not just because it lets the person know I am paying attention, but because it shows them respect as these three have respected me.


Ned Bachman, Rich Denbow and Liz Martin: I cannot thank you enough for helping me to be myself and helping put my own light on its stand. You have given me so many memories, memories that I will take with me into the next chapter of my life, never forgetting the times we spent together. You have been my role models through the last six years. I just hope that I have and will continue to make you proud.


I would also like to thank the rest of the church for the last six years of my life because, along with Ned, Rich and Liz, you have all made this another home for me.


I have realized in my room that three of the four corners are lit, but in the corner above the door a shadow is cast. As I enter through the next door or chapter of my life, although at times it may be dark and unknown, I know that you three, my family, my friends and this church will be behind me helping me and inspiring me to give off my light to the rest of the people in this world. Right now, even though I might be slightly scared to pack up my things and move west, I know that I have the courage and enthusiasm to meet new people and to learn new things because Foundry Church has given me that courage and enthusiasm.