McCarthy gets Cross and Flame award

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Jim McCarthy, left, front, is recognized for receiving the Cross and Flame Award for his leadership in Scouting. Mark Jordan, pastor at Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church near Sharpsburg, presents the award. Behind them are, from left, Glenda McCool and Sean and Cormac McCarthy.

Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church recently completed its 2013 class of the God and Country Religious Emblem awards program, and longtime Scout leader Jim McCarthy was honored with the Cross and Flame Award.

A young person voluntarily chooses to enroll in the God and Country program under the supervision of the church counselor and the help of his parents, explained McCarthy, who is currently assistant council commissioner. In committing oneself to this program, the young person chooses to go beyond the regular expectations of church school experiences to become involved in an intentional and personal study program.

The religious emblems study is a program that requires a commitment of time and energy to learn and to act out the faith, along with an expectation to seek to continue in growth in the years to come.

McCarthy served as a counselor. Others involved in leading class participants were Mark Jordan, pastor of Cokes Chapel; Glenda McCool, counselor; and Cormac McCarthy and Sean McCarthy, class assistants.

Completing the God and Country program were Mallary Booth, William Booth, Creighton Hong, William Huey, Josiah Jorek, Justin Kantorczyk,  Luke Lytle, Emily Mathis, Jonathan Mathis, Zechariah Murphy, Jacob Neal, Joshua Shumate, Cole Sunvold, Daphne Thomas, Dalton Thomas, Dylan Thomas, Nate Thomas, Lonnie Thurman, Braden Tritt, Jim Williams and Mathew Wright.

The United Methodist Church accepts the programs of Civic Youth-Serving Agencies as contributing to the church’s goals in its ministry with children and youth. The Office of Civic Youth-Serving Agencies/Scouting of the General Commission on United Methodist Men and the National Association of United Methodist Scouters recognizes men and women who give unusual amounts of time and energy in dedicated service with children and youth.

The Cross and Flame program gives recognition to adult leaders who have given exceptional service in the use and promotion of programs for young people. This year, Jim McCarthy was recognized with the award. He was recognized at Cokes Chapel along with the young people completing the God and Country program.




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