First Field Period Confirms Spiritual Calling for Pulaski Resident

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. —For Tyler Moran, spending his first Field Period close to home was a good choice.

The freshman adolescent English/special education major from Sandy Creek spent his January Field Period with his pastor, the Rev. Brian Homan, from Park United Methodist Church in Pulaski.

“I learned a lot about who I was, what I wanted to do in life, and where I think I am finally headed,” said Moran. “I would like to follow my desire to become a religious leader of some degree or denomination.”

The Field Period also helped Moran earn the Freshman Experiential Learner of the Year Award. The award recognizes learning from Field Period, co-curricular involvement, and community service.

Homan believes the experience Moran gained in his home church “clarified his giftedness and vocational direction.

“I also believe that Tyler’s experience would prove valuable for any church,” said Homan.

One of the highlights of Moran’s Field Period was the opportunity to organize a 30-Hour Famine for the church’s youth group. The 30-Hour Famine is a worldwide movement of students who are serious about serving God and fighting hunger on an empty stomach. For 30 hours, participants get a taste of hunger by not eating, something more than a billion people around the world experience every day.

“I also taught the youth about the daily lives of people in Third World countries, travel to a mission center, and have fun activities like swimming, playing recreational games, and watching a movie,” said Moran. “I also read some Bible verses.”

Moran was also charged with conducting a service, including preparing a sermon.

“My sermon was recorded so I could watch it and see what I needed to improve on, from posture to nervous habits,” said Moran. “Pastor Brian gave me several evaluation sheets that I could use for future sermons to assess my improvement and keep track of patterns I might fall into. I was asked by Pastor Brian to lead another service in the summer and see how I do.”

While shadowing Homan, Moran visited the elderly, said devotions in nursing homes, and attended church council meetings.

“I used to attend the meetings as a representative of the youth
group council,” Moran said. “These were familiar activities to me, but this time I was looking at it from the perspective and responsibilities of the pastor. As I watched Pastor Brian, I asked as many questions as I could because the more I learn about the ministry, the more I am intrigued in becoming a pastor.”

Other activities Moran planned included promoting youth programs, planning a community service or mission trip, and having a weekly youth group to discuss the word of God.

“We also collected non-perishable food items for the community cupboard, ran a service on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and put on a community-wide dinner, which we were able to eat at because it was at the end of the fasting,” said Moran.

“Tyler took initiative and accomplished the goals we negotiated,” said Homan. “He gained greater confidence in his own capabilities for leadership, exhibits exceptional character, and ability to relate across generations and diverse backgrounds.”

Said Moran: “I found this to be a successful Field Period in which I was able to help my community, discover more about myself, and the career that I wish to pursue. I hope the next Field Period is just as thrilling as this one was. I know that I will take the information that I learned over January with me for the rest of my life.”