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eNote from Rev. Tom Berlin November 1, 2012

Dear Floris Family,

Hurricane Sandy left our region with far less damage than anticipated. I am grateful to those of you who offered spare rooms to anyone who might need them. We did not need to call upon your hospitality but I am proud to be in a church where such offers are made. This Sunday we will take a special offering for the United Methodist Committee on Reliefand the work it will do with recovery from Sandy in the northeast. If you include this as an addition to your offering, please mark "Hurricane Sandy" on the memo line.

Election Communion and Prayer Service
One of the great privileges of being a citizen of the United States is the right to vote. I encourage you to vote as a citizen and as a Christian. Paul tells us to pray for those in civil authority. We will hold a service of Holy Communion on Monday, November 5 at 7:30 PM. This will be an opportunity to experience unity in the body of Christ, pray for elected officials and remind ourselves that Jesus Christ has true power in the world.

Return of Estimate of Giving Commitment Cards
This Sunday you will have an opportunity to bring your estimate of giving commitment card forward as you receive Holy Communion. If you weren't with us last Sunday, or did not turn in your card for some reason, I invite you to do so this week. If you have misplaced your card, additional cards will be available in the pews or at the Connection Desk. You may also complete your card online. My prayer is that you will use the card as a spiritual exercise to consider your stewardship, and experience the joy that comes from knowing your giving honors God and changes lives.

Clean-Out Challenge Update
Saturday's Clean-Out Challenge was a huge success. More than 250 cars dropped off donated items that filled the trucks from The Closet in Herndon, the Salvation Army and 123 Junk. Shred Station Express had to make six trips to take all of the electronics that were donated and Trykes for Tykes received 45 bicycles and more than a dozen helmets. Your efforts to simplify and lighten your load will bless many others through these organizations. Many thanks to the volunteers from Floris and from these organizations who helped make this event possible. See photos of the Clean-Out Challenge.

This Week in Worship
This Sunday we begin a new sermon series Psalms:The Language of Life. When difficult things happen to us in life, we sometimes feel angry, hopeless or afraid. Should we feel guilty for responding this way? As Christians, shouldn't we be able to respond with joy and peace? The writers of the Psalms show us despair and hope, sorrow and joy, anger and thanksgiving. Come and hear an honest reflection on the complexities of life and faith and how we can learn to experience God in deeper and more meaningful ways. I hope you can join us. Scripture: Psalm 6.

In Christ,
– Tom

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