Former Houston Oiler to help promote Fellowship of Christian Athletes at luncheon


MARBLE FALLS — The Fellowship of Christian Athletes-Hill Country is hosting a luncheon Sept. 26 at First United Methodist Church in Marble Falls, and a former Baylor standout and an ex-Houston Oiler will be sharing his story and testimony.

The goal of the luncheon is to introduce people to FCA as well as, hopefully, create a local booster club for the organization.

“This is not a fundraiser,” said Barney Sarver, the FCA area representative. “It’s really about letting people know what FCA is all about.”[box]IF YOU GO
WHAT: Fellowship of Christian Athletes-Hill Country luncheon
WHEN: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 26
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive in Marble Falls
COST: $10
SPECIAL GUEST: Baylor Bear and Houston Oiler Cody Carlson
FOR MORE: Call Barney Sarver at (956) 821-8757[/box]

Cody Carlson set several records as the Baylor University quarterback before the Houston Oilers drafted him in 1987 during the third round. Carlson spent his seven-season career with the Oilers, serving as Warren Moon’s backup for many years before getting his shot after Moon’s retirement.

After a disappointing season in 1994 because of injuries and a coaching change, Carlson retired.

“He’s a great guy,” Sarver said. “He has an incredible testimony. He actually came to Christ through FCA while he was a student at Churchill High School in San Antonio.”

FCA began in 1954. It helps promote Christ and Christian values through athletics, athletes and coaches.

“FCA is an ecumenical ministry,” Sarver said. “We present Christ to athletes and coaches and all who they influence.”

Sarver pointed out athletics are a major factor in the lives of many people, especially youth. Using athletics as a connection point, leaders introduce Christ to young people. But it goes further than just the young athletes.

“One of the most influential persons in a young athlete’s life is his or her coach,” Sarver said. “So we work with coaches to help them be more intentional in their coaching and influence. I tell the coaches I work with that they don’t have a job, they have a ministry.”

The luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive. Tickets are $10. For tickets, reservations or more information on FCA, call Sarver at (956) 821-8757.