Incarnation United Church of Christ Confirms Four Young People

Palm Sunday was doubly inspirational for Incarnation UCC this year because four outstanding young people were confirmed: Victoria Farmer-Long, Joshua Mort, Michael Mort and Kirsten Ann Piatak. Pastor Ted Haas has led these youths in Christian education sessions and experiences which have helped these young Christians grow in their understanding of our faith, our church and the living of the Christian life. They have been lovingly supported by their parents, church leaders and members and mentors. A reception to welcome them into our church family was held immediately following the Palm Sunday worship service.

Standing in front of Pastor Haas from left to right are:

Kirsten Ann Piatak: Krinsten is 14 years old and an 8th grader at Fairfield Middle School. Kirsten is a native Californian, but loves her new home in Pennsylvania and the East Coast. She has been active in soccer and basketball, but her newfound favorite is field hockey. She also likes to watch ice hockey since attending her first Hershey Bears game for her birthday. Kirsten's other interests include her pets, art, and English. Kirsten enjoys listening to music and drawing. She also enjoys babysitting her neighbors and playing volleyball.

Michael Mort: Michael is 14 years old and is an 8th grader at Fairfield Middle School. He is on the Fairfield Middle School wrestling team. His hobbies are tying flies for fly fishing and fletching arrows. He enjoys fishing, hunting, camping, archery and most outdoor activities and spending time with his Labrador retriever.

Josh Mort: Josh is 12 years old and is a 7th grader at Fairfield Middle School. He is on the Fairfield Middle School wrestling team. He enjoys hunting, fishing (he also ties his own flies), archery, camping, reading, riding four-wheelers, riding his bike and drawing.

Both Mike and Josh have grown up in the Incarnation United Church of Christ and were baptized at birth in the church. Their father, Dwayne Mort, their grandfather, Charles Mort, and their great-grandmother, Anna Mort, are longtime members of Incarnation UCC.

Victoria Farmer-Long: Victoria is 12 years old and a 7th grader at Thurmont Middle School, where she is an honor roll student. She lives with her mother, Angie Forrest, and stepfather, Pete Forrest, and her grandmother, Edie Long. Her father is Jimmy Farmer of Frederick. Victoria is an animal lover and supports an organization in Woodsboro that rescues dogs and cats. (Her family has a dog of their own, a German shepherd named bullet.) She takes dance classes at the Oxford School of Performing Arts, under the direction of Dawn Glass. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys art, reading, and singing, especially contemporary Christian music. She is looking forward to moving into her family's new home on the mountain in Sabillasville when it is finished. Victoria's mother, Angie, her grandmother, Edie Long, and her great-grandmother, Anna Margaret Martin, are longtime members of Incarnation United Church of Christ.