This week concludes our third annual Big Serve. The opportunities to learn, give and serve have been diverse and it’s been amazing to see how people have responded to the different ministries and activities that have been available. This past week, we enjoyed a great banquet to hear about the past and future of Mercy Hospital and the Child Rescue Centre. A number of people signed up to get involved in these ministries as a result. Floris also hosted a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) leader training event, in which 28 people participated including Floris members.These participants will lead teams at Floris and in churches across Virginia.
This weekend there are two opportunities that I would like to share with you. The first is the Connections for Hope Walk for Hope which I mentioned last week. The walk is this Saturday morning, and you can still register online. The second opportunity will be on Sunday, when partners from Connections for Hopewill be in the Fellowship Hall to share information about their work in the community. Organizations that will be present include Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic, Reston Interfaith, Vecinos Unidos, Just Neighbors, Helping Children Worldwide and the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. Please stop in the Fellowship Hall and learn more about what Floris is doing to bless people in the community through our partnership with these great organizations. I was at the Free Medical Clinic on Monday and was so pleased to see that it is touching so many individuals and families who otherwise would have no access to medical care except the emergency room of a hospital. Take a few moments this Sunday to learn more about all these organizations and ways you can become a blessing at Connections for Hope.

Camp Hutchison Volunteers
In Fellowship Hall on Sunday, you will also have an opportunity to volunteer for Camp Hutchison. This is part of our partnership with Hutchinson Elementary. This summer we will be helping kids prepare for the next school level by focusing on reading and math. Camp Hutchisonis a four-week camp for up to 100 students, July 18 to August 12. Floris and Hutchison staff and volunteer leaders have been working diligently to begin preparations for the camp. We are just now able to offer more specific volunteer opportunities to you. This is an opportunity for anyone interested to stop by and find out how to make a difference in the lives of the children at Hutchison. I want to especially encourage college students who have a vocational interest in teaching to consider this as a way to sample their field. There is a need for certified teachers in every classroom but we also need all sorts of aides and other help.

College Small Group
It is exciting to see so many students home from college for the summer. Summer is a great time to connect with other students who have been away at school, reconnect with old friends and to consider ways to grow deeper in Christ. I want to encourage you to attend the College Small Group beginning Monday, May 23 at 7 PM. Current high school seniors are invited to be part of this group as well. For more information contact Jill Maier or just join them Monday night.

Blood Pressure Measurement Training
The Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinicis offering blood pressure measurement training for all health care professionals on June 11. I list this in the eNote because the Clinic needs three more people to hold the course. They contacted me and asked if we might have 3 – 7 persons who would like to learn the latest about taking blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends systematic training and periodic recertification. Classes and all materials are provided free of charge by the Virginia Department of Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Project.If you are a health care professional who might benefit from this training, contact Tricia Mussante at the clinic. It is such a blessing that the clinic not only serves clients in need, but the medical community as well.

Stone’s Cove Sow-A-Seed Sundays Continue
I had dinner at Stone’s Cove Sunday with my brother who I picked up at Dulles. We talked to the owner, B.J. Stone, who is excited about the benefit these meals are creating for Connections for Hope. There are just two Sundays left in May to visit Stone’s Cove where 10% of your total bill will go to support Connections for Hope. Be sure to tell your server that you are there to “sow-a-seed.” Coupons are also available at the Connections Desk.

This Week in Worship
We continue our series “Is God Enough?” as we find God answering Job’s lament and complaint, but not in the way we might anticipate. I have begun my study of these chapters at the end of Job and I am fascinated by God’s response to the questions Job raises. Join us as we consider “Embracing the Mystery of God.”Scripture: Job 40:1-14.

In Christ,

– Tom

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