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FMYC Shines God’s Light

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FMYC 2014 participants join in worship. (Photo by Jeff Finley)

FMYC 2014 participants join in worship. (Photo by Jeff Finley)

Nearly 800 young Free Methodists gathered July 5 in the darkened auditorium of the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Free Methodist Youth Conference main stage speaker Phil Manginelli appeared with a single lightbulb and reflected on the light that brought the teens to the Colorado State University campus.

“Jesus is the one true, great and glorious light,” Manginelli said. “There’s only one thing that’s more significant than the darkness, and it’s the light.”

Eugene Parker, a Chicago actor who has worked with Free Methodist ministries in Illinois and Washington, shared a couple of dramatic readings — one of which contained the refrain: “Through it all, the light would still shine.”

The message connected with the teens (and the adults who came with them).

Diana Lindensmith — an adult accompanying teens from New Hope Christian Fellowship in Chino, California — said she could relate to Manginelli’s discussion of God bringing each person to FMYC 2014 for a reason.

“I didn’t know I was coming until 12 days ago,” Lindensmith said. “When he said, ‘You might not know why you’re here,’ that was amazing for me, because now I know why I’m here.”

Alec Cross, a member of the Portage (Michigan) FMC youth group, said he appreciated the “reminder that Jesus is light. He’s the light of our lives, and no matter what we’ve done and no matter what we’re going through, He’s going to be the light always.”

Cross said he also appreciated the worship music led by Everfound. The band of Russian-born Colorado  brothers joined the focus on Jesus lighting the world.

Everfound lead singer Nikita Odnoralov encouraged FMYC participants to surrender to Jesus’ light.

“We can’t truly worship our God unless we surrender,” Odnoralov said.

Too much happened at FMYC to cover in one article. Look for future coverage in LLM and, in the meantime, go to for more FMYC news.


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