It was great being a part of worship Sunday night when some of our students shared their experiences from summer mission trips. One of the insights they shared was one many of us have experienced: we receive a great deal when we serve willingly and joyfully. They made a real difference in the lives of the people they served and the church they worked to improve. I was excited to see how many of you came out to enjoy the evening and to worship together Sunday night. We had a great packaging event, preparingmore than1,000 meals for our Hutchison backpack meal program. After the morning worship services, some families shared with usthat when their children heardme asking everyone to consider how they were serving people in need, they asked their parents to join in the packaging event. The evening finished with a wonderful ice cream social where many of you had the opportunity to catch up with old friends, make some new ones and check out service opportunities through our church.

Reminder –Prayer & Healing Worship Service Tonight
Jesus calls us to be in prayer with and for each other. In Matthew 6:5-15, he took the time to teach his disciples how to pray. We are to pray unceasingly and with the confidence of children of God. With this in mind you are invited to come to a worship service of prayer and healing tonight at7:30 PM in theSanctuary. This service will be offered quarterly and will include time for personal and corporate prayer as well as the opportunity to be anointed with oil. The service will be about 45 minutes and is open to all. Come, pray for yourself or someone you love and share with other Christians as we worship our Holy God.

Small Groups Fair
Be sure to stop by the Fellowship Hall this Sunday morning and next Sunday morning, September 4 to visit Floris’Small Groups Fair. You will be able to meet and speak with small group leaders and find out why being a part of a small group is so important. ContactCheryl Brock, our Adult Discipleship Coordinator, if you have questions.

Strategic Priorities Discussion
As I mentioned inlast week’s eNote, I am particularly interested in hearing your feedback related to how we might effectively accomplish Floris’ strategic priorities in the year ahead. I am hosting an evening to do this and invite you to join the discussion about these strategic priorities on Wednesday, August 31, 7 – 9 PM. PleaseRSVPor contactPam Piesterif you have questions.

Floris in the News
Two of Floris’ Serve ministries have been in the news recently.Camp Hutchison wrapped up a week ago and served 100 students for four weeks through the hard work of 150 volunteers from Floris and the community.Read more aboutCamp Hutchison in an article posted Friday in theHerndon Patch. Also, the August issue of the Virginia Conference’sAdvocatenewsmagazine contains an article highlighting our ministry to Cuba.Read more aboutFloris’ ministry in Cuba.

Opportunity at Connections for Hope
I am looking for a few people with a background in Marketing or Marketing Communications to assist me with a special project related to our Connections for Hope Center. If you would be willing to help, contactPam Broadus.

Hurricane Irene and Sunday Services
Many of you may be wondering about services this Sunday morning and the impact of Hurricane Irene. At this time, we anticipate holding all regularly scheduled services on Sunday.

Any change in these plans would be due to a power outage or damage to the building. Please plan on joining us Sunday, but in case of severe weather, please check thewebsitefor more information. In the unlikely event of a building closure, we will push out a special weather related eNote. For your convenience, weekly contributions for both the general operating fund and building fund can be madeonline.

This Week in Worship
On Sunday we continue our sermon series,Remembering the Future. The values that have guided our congregation are being lived out today in new and exciting ways. Sunday we will look at the way Jesus reminded people of the greatest commandment, to love God fully. Scripture:Mark 12:28-34.

In Christ,

– Tom

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