We breathed a sigh of relief last week as hurricane Matthew breezed by us. Some of us lost power, many of us cleaned up branches and limbs feeling fortunate that we were only inconvenienced. But we are all deeply saddened by major destruction in Haiti and in the Southeastern US.
When we talk about outreach and witness in our stewardship campaign, I realize that our outreach becomes our witness of God’s great love as we extend our compassion to those who have had their lives altered by the storm.
Each of you has the opportunity to give financially to hurricane relief through First Church today. In addition, we will have the opportunity to use our hands to respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters in the areas devastated by the hurricane. I know you will respond and thank you.
See you Sunday and
Pastor Tom Mc
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Everyone at the Zion Children’s Home and Camp Symonette are safe. There was only minor damage to the properties and they now have water and power. However, the Bahamas Islands of New Providence/Nassau, Grand Bahama/Freeport, and Andros were badly damaged. Andros has lost most of their infrastructure.
Bahamas Habitat will start flying planes down this week to deliver supplies. Our own John Shughart, who is now the Director of Bahamas Methodist Habitat is leading relief efforts for the Bahamas.
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- Energy bars
- Peanut butter
- Canned meats
Please bring any of these items to First Church this week and deposit them in one of the shopping carts available on the first and second floors.
We’re putting together a disaster response team to head to areas impacted by the hurricane both locally and in Haiti. If you’re interested in being a part of that team or coordinating a team, please contact the church office 407-849-6080.