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Faces of the Fort – Caleb Kimmel

Posted by on May 15, 2014 | Comments Off on Faces of the Fort – Caleb Kimmel

Faces of the Fort – Caleb Kimmel

For this month’s installment of Faces of the Fort we spoke with Caleb Kimmel, a Fort Wayne native who owns and runs the World Baseball Academy (WBA) and the ASH Centre. You may remember the longtime indoor/outdoor sports facility as Tecumwah.  The World Baseball Academy is a homegrown 501c3 nonprofit that owns and operates the ASH Centre here in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Their mission is to use the game of baseball as a platform to build relationships with young people and positively mentor them to be future leaders both on and off the field.    The WBA serves nearly 3,000 youth through baseball instructional programs, tournaments, camps/clinics, as well as international outreach trips focused on leadership development. Caleb is also on staff with The Pointe Church here in Fort Wayne. He has the privilege of being the Next Generation Director, which focuses on helping develop our leaders within the areas of children and student ministries.    We asked Caleb a few questions about his organization and its role in Fort Wayne. 1) You have helped establish the World Baseball Academy at the ASH Centre into an internationally recognized amateur baseball operation essentially from the ground up – tell us a little about your background on how this was started. That can be a long story! I can summarize it by saying as a kid growing up I was like many youth in America who had a love of baseball. The majority of my time, even through college, was spent on the baseball field as a player. However, my path to helping establish the World Baseball Academy all begin as an assistant director helping my father host local baseball tournaments here in Fort Wayne. These events served as a fundraiser for our local summer team. I gained some valuable event planning experience as a high school student serving as an assistant. During my sophomore year at Valparaiso University, I helped transition the Hoosier Classic Baseball Tournaments into a small business and used that opportunity as my official internship. At the time, I had no idea what those experiences were preparing me for in the future. 2) Where did the inspiration for starting the World Baseball Academy come from? Out of college, I jumped into the entrepreneurial world. That’s the advantage you have when you’re young, passionate, and living at home!  You can take risks like that. My small organization became a tenant at the ASH Centre and we began growing the tournaments and starting hosting some baseball instructional camps as well. That’s when I met the man who opened the doors to the international realm. Steve Sotir, a humble administrative leader, was working within Southwest Allen County Schools. My t-shirt supplier mentioned I should talk to Steve about some of our upcoming baseball camps. Little did I know that Steve was the former Director of Player Development for the International Baseball Federation (IBAF); which simply means he was “the guy” traveling around the world and helping coaches of other nations teach the game to the players. He was the international teacher of the teachers. That’s when Fort Wayne collided with the international baseball community. It was through that relationship that the World Baseball Academy concept was created. 3) What’s your vision for the future of the ASH Centre and World Baseball Academy? Our vision is twofold: For...

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Indiana Buddhist Temple – Living Mindfully

Posted by on May 6, 2014 | Comments Off on Indiana Buddhist Temple – Living Mindfully

Indiana Buddhist Temple – Living Mindfully

This article was written by Bhante Devananda at the Indiana Buddhist Temple. Indiana Buddhist Temple is a meditation learning center located in Fort Wayne vicinity, Indiana. In June 28, 2003, the temple was founded by Venerable Thalangama Devananda (Bhante Devananda). Bhante always emphasizes that the temple is open to all religious beliefs, cultures and backgrounds. Bhante Devananda is the Abbot of Indiana Buddhist Temple. The temple is designated as a spiritual place to find peace, contentment, loving kindness, and compassion. Learning Buddhism to us is a path of self-discovery and education on life on how to live mindfully. Living mindfully is profound knowledge that comes by gradual trainings, gradual practices & gradual progresses. Improving oneself first, will eventually improve everything else, but it requires a great deal of patience, self-discipline, loving-kindness, compassion, and facing the insight that will inevitably surface. Discussing about practical matters, the Dhamma (Dharma = the teaching of the Buddha) mentioned strategies of living mindfully. The first is diligence, focused efforts in everything you undertake. Most goals are achievable by consistent efforts, such as going to school and doing well. Rewards are to those who persevere. Everyone should make the best effort in everything one undertakes. The most important part is to be kind with yourself regardless of the results. The second is common senses financial management. With limited resources, we need to mindfully manage our assets built with our efforts by practicing intelligent financial management. Providing a financial safety net for the future is important for peaceful mind now and later. What you earn with efforts should be dispensed mindfully. This encompasses concepts of living within one’s means and saving part of earnings for a rainy day. With wealth acquired in harmless ways, one divides such wealth: the first portion is used for one’s needs. The second portion is spent on business needs. The third portion is also spent on advancing proper livelihood. The fourth portion goes into savings for times of need. The third is sustainment of good companionships and avoidance of negative relationships. A dear companion is one who sees all matters in terms of safeguarding your best interests. It is one who gives what is hard to give. One does what is hard to do. One endures what is hard to endure. One reveals their secrets to you. One keeps your secrets. When misfortunes strike, one stays by your side and is driven by compassion and loving kindness, watching over you unwearyingly. When you’re down, one gives you courage. A companion endowed with these seven qualities is worth companionship. So Buddhism is not all focusing exclusively on nirvana and transcendence, but a prescription for living mindfully. The fundamental aim of Buddhism is to build a knowledgeable, intelligent and compassionate society while keeping your own personal beliefs. Above all, see all beings consistently with the eyes of loving kindness and compassion. An individual is a vital contributor to well-being of the entire world. The choice is always ours. Let us all be good human beings; let us be kind and respectful to our elders, parents, teachers, and to all beings. There are many who would profit from our kindness and compassion. The Indiana Buddhist Temple welcomes everyone to practice guided meditation every Monday and Thursday at 06:30 pm. Our meditation classes, workshops and retreats...

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Indiana Buddhist Temple

Posted by on March 7, 2013 | Comments Off on Indiana Buddhist Temple

Indiana Buddhist Institute is a Buddhist temple located in Fort Wayne Vicinity, Indiana, USA. In June 28, 2003, the Temple was founded by Venerable Thalangama Devananda (Bhante Devananda). Bhante always emphasizes that the temple is open to all religious beliefs, cultures and backgrounds.  The temple is public meditation center and place to find your peace, contentment, loving kindness and compassion. May all beings be happy, and content.  May all beings be free from suffering, fear, and anxiety  May all best wishes come true  May all living being remain healthy and peaceful  Contributed By Name: Venerable Thalangama Devananda Thero Email: indianabuddhistvihara@gmail.com Requested Section:...

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Pathway Community Church

Posted by on March 22, 2012 | Comments Off on Pathway Community Church

Pathway remains a church committed to touching thousands of lives each week, inside and outside of the walls of our facility – in our community and beyond. We believe we are on a wave that God has created and generated of impassioned people who long to experience the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. We are convinced God has positioned us in this part of Fort Wayne at this time in history. Our commitment to God’s mission is clear. We exist to intentionally influence people to seek a genuine and growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We desire to be a church where people become impassioned by the love of God to reach out to a world looking for hope and healing. Submitter: Tonya Kaiser Street: 11910 Shearwater Run City: Fort Wayne ZipCode: 46845 PhoneNumber: 260.469.4444 WebLink: http://www.pccfw.org/index.php AssetType: Pray...

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Fellowship Missionary Church

Posted by on March 20, 2012 | Comments Off on Fellowship Missionary Church

Fellowship Missionary Church is an energetic congergation that is diverse and welcoming. They provide a sercure and friendly nursery for newborns and toddlers along with bible oriented classrooms for young children up to teenagers. The services generally consist of services starting out with song & music led by the talented choir & muscians followed by a sermon on the current topic focus. These services are never dull and always challenging on how you can better serve God in your heart & in the community. The following information was provided on the Fellowship: Core Values of Fellowship Missionary Church: Revealed Truth We believe the Bible to be the inspired record of God's redemptive story and we are part of that story. Through the accounts, poems, and letters contained in the Word of God we can know where we came from, what we're to value, how we're to live, and where we're going. The Bible is both our guide and our measuring stick for life. Passionate Celebration We take great joy in coming together to praise God, worshiping Him not only for what He has done for us but for who He is to us. Yet even as worship is to His glory, it results in our blessing. We believe that the Lord delights in bringing His grace to bear upon His gathered people as they assemble and therefore we anticipate His powerful movement in our midst. Transformational Journey We believe every person is on a spiritual journey and that God meets people wherever they are. While each journey is individually unique, we believe that key to its fulfillment is a transformational encounter with Jesus and that the journey is powerfully redeemed by that. Embracing Jesus by faith is not the end of the journey but a catalytic moment through which the journey takes on all new potential, purpose, and power. Diverse Community We recognize that the Church began as an assembly of varying ages and backgrounds and will climax the same way – with those from every tribe, tongue, and nation coming together around the throne of God. Therefore we believe in intentionally pursuing the goal of becoming a multi-cultural, multi-generational church. We were created to live deeply with one another – celebrating our victories, carrying one another's burdens, sharing our possessions, and exhorting one another to love and good deeds. It's through these honest, loving relationships – typically experienced in smaller gatherings – that God further transforms us. Intentional Missionality We believe that just as Jesus came to earth as God in human form, the Church is the "second incarnation" – His body in this world. Jesus did not come to offer His people an escape from the evil of the world as much as to be a compelling force for good in the world. We believe that the Church is at its best when it serves, sacrifices, and loves, caring about that which God cares about. Our dream is to be an answer to Jesus' prayer: that the Kingdom would come on earth as it is in heaven. Submitter: Sam Street: 2536 E Tillman Rd · Fort Wayne City: Fort Wayne ZipCode: 46816 PhoneNumber: 260·447·3578 WebLink: http://fmcfw.org/ AssetType: Pray...

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Emmanuel Community Church

Posted by on March 20, 2012 | Comments Off on Emmanuel Community Church

http://www.emmanuelcommunity.org/about-ecc/ Who We Are Our purpose is to give Jesus Christ our worship through the careful study of His Word, the application in our Walk, thus being disciples who share His… Confession of Faith In the name of God, we declare and confess before men that we believe in the only true God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; that these three… Our History Emmanuel Community Church was started in 1971 as a church plant by The College Park United Brethren in Christ Church in Huntington. Today, Em… Submitter: Ryan Hart Street: 12222 W Jefferson Blvd City: Fort Wayne ZipCode: 46814 PhoneNumber: 260-672-3377 WebLink: www.emmaunelcommunity.org AssetType: Pray...

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Cathedral of Immaculate Conception

Posted by on March 20, 2012 | Comments Off on Cathedral of Immaculate Conception

One of Fort Wayne's most recognizable and admired churches. The Cathedral that was dedicted in 1860 and has been named to the National Register of HIstoric Places in 1980. The church "is believed to be the oldest building in continuous public use in northern Indiana." This beautiful church has held countles Catholic weddings on this property starting in the original St. Augustine's Church in 1931. It has been the center of many important Catholic masses for the Fort Wayne community including thousands of Catholic Parishoners' First Communions, Confirmations, & Baptisms. Information provided from their website: Immaculate Conception is the title of the Blessed Virgin as sinless from the first moment of her existence. In the words of Pope Pius IX's solemn definition, made in 1854, "The most holy Virgin Mary was, in the first moment of her conception, by a unique gift of grace and privilege of almighty God in view of the merits of Jesus Christ the Redemmer of mankind, preserved free from all stain of original sin." Her freedom from sin was an unmerited gift of God or special grace, and an exception to the law, or prividege, which no other created person has ever received. Solemn celebration of this special dignity is noted each December 8 in a special Mass on that Holy Day of obligation for all Catholics. The Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the United States, our Diocese and this Cathedral. History of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception From humble beginnings as a 35 by 65 foot log structure called St. Augustine's, this church evolved through the years to its present status as the impressive focal point of the Cathedral Square, bounded by Jefferson Boulevard and Calhoun Street, Lewis Street and Clinton Streets, in downtown Fort Wayne. It was not until the 1800's that pioneer settlers of the Catholic faith were able to think about building a church and having a resident pastor. The Reverend Stephen Badin, who came to perform the first Catholic marriage in Fort Wayne, helped the local Catholics select the site that would become Cathedral Square. In 1831, for $100, they purchased a large portion of the present square from Samuel and Eliza Hanna. The first permanent pastor, the Reverend Louis Mueller, came in 1836, and the first Catholic church, St. Augustine's, was built on the property in 1837. Reverend Julian Benoit, a French-born priest who replaced Mueller in 1840, had the greatest role in the development of the Cathedral. Popular with local citizens and the Miami Indians in the area, Benoit also served missionary stations throughout northeastern Indiana and northwest Ohio. He established the first Catholic school in Fort Wayne in 1845 with the Sisters of Providence and St. Mother Theodore Guerin. When the Diocese of Fort Wayne was created by Pope Pius IX in 1857, Benoit marshaled supporters and finances – even from among local Protestants – to build a Cathedral to serve the diocese. The Right Reverend John H. Luers was its first bishop. Benoit already had purchased the remaining property in the block-square area, so St. Augustine's was moved to the east side of the square to make way for the Cathedral, and construction was started in 1859. St. Augustine's burned shortly after it was moved in...

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Trinity Episcopal Church

Posted by on March 20, 2012 | Comments Off on Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Church is one of the most attractive and admired churches in Fort Wayne. Located downtown this church has long and rich history with the current church edifice completed in 1866. The church considers itself to follow the Anglican tradition and encourages all interested worshipers to join them. From their website: For nearly 160 years, Trinity Episcopal Church has maintained an important presence among Fort Wayne churches. With roots extending to the pioneer era, it grew out of the wave of evangelistic expansion begun by the Protestant Episcopal Church during the Jacksonian era. Its earliest presence was cautious, but over several decades it grew substantially through the efforts of its clergy and the strong leadership of its laity. It attracted several groups to its doors: settlers to Fort Wayne who had been Episcopalians in New England and New York; English, Irish, and Canadian immigrants who had a tradition of Anglican worship; and newcomers to the faith, who were attracted by its liturgy, its intellectual theology, and the fact that its atmosphere was not overly judgmental. The present church edifice was finished in 1866 and is an outstanding example of Gothic Revival architecture, designed by Toledo, Ohio architect Charles Crosby Miller. Its interior includes many historic fixtures from the 19th century and exquisite stained glass windows, most of which are original to the church. The present parish house and Christ the King Chapel were completed in 1956, providing extensive classroom and meeting room space for the congregation, and blending architecturally with the original edifice. Today, Trinity Church continues to minister to the needs of its congregation, drawing for its membership Episcopalians from the downtown area and the surrounding suburbs. Its ministry of music is widely recognized for its excellence. Trinity Church houses an extensive archive for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana. The archive comprises thousands of documents and photographs from the 160-plus years of Trinity's history. It includes correspondence from former rectors, parish newspapers, bulletins, minute books, and sacramental parish registers dating to 1839. The archive also includes papers and records concerning the seven bishops who have serve the diocese of Northern Indiana since it’s founding in 1899, historical photographs of parishes in the diocese, and copies of parish registers from selected churches. The archive is an important resource for local parish history and genealogy. Submitter: Sam Street: 611 West Berry Street City: Fort Wayne ZipCode: 46802 PhoneNumber: (260) 423-1693 WebLink: http://www.trinityfw.org/ AssetType: Pray...

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