THE KINGDOM ATHLETE
The Kingdom Athlete is
...a child of God daily surrendered to His will and for His service,
...an athlete who seeks to glorify God through his actions,
...an athlete who adopts the “Win the Day” philosophy in all areas of life,
...an athlete who is humble and grateful for his gifts and opportunities,
...an athlete who is submissive to authority,
...an athlete who has a teachable spirit,
...an athlete who leads by serving others,
...an athlete who strives for victory, gives perfect effort and never quits.
...an athlete who understands he represents more than himself.
...an athlete who is not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and seeks opportunities to share the good news with teammates, parents, officials, opponents and to the multitude of children that will look to them as they model Christ-like leadership.
Barnes Edd Tucker
10.6.1942 - 1.4.2023
A life well-lived...
"...those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." ~Daniel 12:3
Friday, January 20
Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church
Visitation: 12:15PM-1:15PM • Main Foyer
Service: 1:30PM • Worship Center
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Bless the Tucker family with a donation in lieu of flowers
Mr. Tucker was the epitome of a cheerful giver. Since Marlene and the family are coming from all around the country, they will not be able to receive plants and flowers. In lieu of flowers, please consider blessing the family via the link below.
"It has been on my heart to find a way to bless Marlene and the Tucker family, following the passing of our friend, Edd Tucker. It was a surprise to all of us, but not to Jesus, who called him to heaven on January 4. Mr. T was one-of-a-kind. He made everyone feel loved and special. If you knew him, you loved him. There is no better way to honor the memory of Edd Tucker than by loving on his family. It is a privilege to share our love with a gift to Marlene. Thank you in advance for blessing Marlene and the Tucker family with your love and prayers. Please feel free to visit and share this link❤️". ~Danette Hylkema Patrick
GRASPING THE BATON
"As I look out the window today, I see the promise of fall. October came in like summer, and she did not hand over the baton to the new season. However, as a believer, I know God decides when to pass the baton to a new season, a new chapter, a new opportunity, or a new beginning. Our Father controls all seasons, even the seasons of our lives.
"I have been thinking for several months about this new season ahead for me and my wife, Marlene. We are getting older, but still full of energy. We are certainly in the fall season of our lives which may quickly turn into winter! The Lord has the plan before us. We are trusting Him for this next season of life.
"A year from now, our lives will be quite different. Marlene and I will be officially retired in Austin, Texas. I won’t be getting up early to unlock classroom doors and pray for each student and teacher. I may not physically be walking the halls of ELCA, but my prayers will continue. It has been hard for me to hand over the baton of this season of life. I feel a great connection to the families, teachers and staff of our great school. I know and trust that Marlene and I will have many opportunities to volunteer, encourage, pray, and love those the Lord places in our path, just as He has here at ELCA.
"In the months ahead, I pray that I will display, every day, the beautiful colors of fall in my smile, my daily commitment to Christ, my words, and my fervent prayers. I want to savor the moment, pursue peace, rejoice in God’s creation, passionately love others, especially those hurting in the world. I pray that I will learn contentment in this new season. I pray that I will open my eyes to October and see the beauty in this world. The colors should be breathtaking!"
~ELCA Blog entry by Mr. Tucker, 10/16/2019
Dear ELCA Students, Families, and Alumni,
It is with saddened hearts that we bid farewell to our beloved Mr. Tucker. Mr. Edd Tucker was the elementary principal at ELCA from 1997 through 2020. Through his incredible span of 50 years in Christian education, Mr. Tucker's influence touched thousands of lives. He is remembered as a faithful servant-leader who honored his Lord and Savior with his service for others. Mr. Tucker was very tender-hearted and was easily moved to tears when speaking of the privileges of teaching and guiding the lives of children. He was a prayer warrior for his faculty, staff, and the entire ELCA family. Mr. Tucker and his wife, Marlene, were married for more than 56 years and served together in Christian education for over four decades. He is also survived by his son, Darren (Kim), daughter Dana (Brad), and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Tucker's impact is far-reaching and many have asked how best to pay respects to the Tucker family. If you would like to share a memory of Mr. Tucker or describe how he impacted your life; we are asking that you record your account on video. Photo submissions are also appreciated.
Some of these videos will be shared at the memorial service for Mr. Tucker which will take place at Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church/ELCA on Friday, January 20 at 1:30PM. If we are not able to include your video in the memorial service, it will still be shared with the Tucker family. Those who are unable to attend the service may view it online at http://elcalive.eagleslanding.com.
Video (and photos) Submission Details
-Share a fond memory or describe the impact that Mr. Tucker made in your life
-State your name and graduating year (or year of your child's graduation) at the beginning
-Maximum of 30 seconds
-All video files should be QuickTime (.mov) or MP4 format
-If you are recording on your phone, your video needs to be recorded in landscape format (phone on its side)
-Submit all videos to https://www.dropbox.com/request/gb8yQ36ElJ0cxIX8LEzd
Finally, please share this post so that it may reach as many ELCA alumni and families as possible!
Condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Marlene Tucker
9821 North Lake Creek Parkway
Austin, Texas 78717
Please continue lifting up Marlene and the rest of Mr. Tucker's family in prayer as they walk these next days and weeks.