Today I Saw God
eNote from Rev. Tom Berlin January 10, 2013
|Dear Floris Family,
As you know, we enjoyed a generous Christmas Eve offering that was initially shared on our website Christmas morning. Since that time the offering has grown as donations have arrived the week after Christmas. I want to thank you for your generosity. Together we will bless children and those who are sick at the Child Rescue Centre and Mercy Hospital, as well as provide job training and assistance to those struggling financially here in Fairfax County. Last night I learned that six new children were admitted to the CRC and began school yesterday. These children were once the victims of child labor who had no access to education or proper care. Today these children have a new life, all because of the way Christ motivated you to care in your generous offering. The amount of money given is amazing, especially as we experienced heightened anxiety about the economy here in the U.S. While I would like to share the amount here, wouldn't it be more fun to hear that final number in church this Sunday when we can all be together!
Our sermon series on relationships will continue this week. I hope that you will invite anyone who might benefit from hearing about the basics of relationships to attend worship with you. We will talk about Paul's teaching on the benefits of being single or married and why it is important to see single people as whole and complete. I think what I am learning this week will be very beneficial to people of all ages, and will be useful for those of you who are talking to children and grandchildren about their relationships.
I am in Atlanta today with the Committee on Episcopacy of the Southeast Jurisdiction of the UMC. This committee is composed of a pastor and layperson from each Annual Conference. Essentially, we are the personnel committee for the Bishops from this area. Please pray for our Bishops and other leaders who will be discussing the state of the church and the important work of leadership in our denomination. I am hopeful that our Bishops will lead the church to share Christ with our neighbors and be obedient to Jesus' calling to work for justice and compassion to the poor and vulnerable.
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