Dear Floris Family,

Let me share three things to celebrate at Floris UMC:

  1. The Child Rescue Centre is doing great work in Bo, Sierra Leone. I hope you enjoy reading the report and testimony of two childrenin the Child Support Program. Your work is helping to educate boys and girls who would otherwise remain illiterate and mired in poverty. Together, we are breaking this cycle of poverty, sickness and illiteracy carried through generations – one child at a time – by providing their educational fees, school uniforms and medical care. When I read this on Monday it made my day. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
  2. Celebrate Recovery celebrated its one year anniversary at Floris last week. This ministry has been a great blessing to so many people. It is great that our congregation, which has always been at the center of our community, is helping people overcome addictions, hurts and habits and find new life. Here is a testimony recently shared about the power of Celebrate Recovery: “I am so thankful to Floris for opening their doors to us. Because they did, my eyes and heart were opened to Jesus.”
  3. The last Coffee with the Pastor was one of the largest we have ever hosted, with 55 people attending who were interested in learning more about membership. It was great to see so many individuals and couples eager to join the church. Please take time after the service to welcome our new members when you see them join.

It is great to see that outreach, transformation and evangelism are all taking place at your church. Thanks for all you have done to bring vitality to Floris UMC. Now for some other good things:

Chocolate Festival Saturday

Be sure to invite your friends and neighbors and join us Saturday from 11 AM – 3 PM for Floris’ Annual Chocolate Festival. This will be a great event for the entire family with games, a moon bounce, food and a chocolate buffet. You can also donate diapers for raffle tickets. The grand prize is four season passes to Six Flags. There will also be a silent auction that you won’t want to miss. The best part about the day is that 100% of the proceeds will benefit student ministry mission trips and a packaging event for the Help Hungry Kids ministry. All of the diapers collected for the raffle will be donated to Grace Ministries’ diaper ministry. Look for an electronic invitation that you can forward to your friends. We still need volunteers for this event. If you can assist at the chocolate festival, it would be a great help and a great way to step into serving.

Thank You for Taking the Shortest Mission Trip in the World on Sunday

Some of you suggested that it was a bit of a stretch to call the ride from the XO Communications parking lot a short term mission trip. But it’s true. By using the shuttle you bless others by opening up a parking place. It’s even more true if you are here for more than one service or if your family brings more than one car. And no mission trip gets easier than this one. You will start, during the 9:15 and 11 AM services, at the Direct Solutions/XO Communications parking lot on Sunrise Valley. Park there and get on the shuttle. You will get off at FUMC, go to worship, and then get on the return shuttle. Mission trip completed!! Go get lunch and talk about your adventure. If you really want to get involved, please consider volunteering for the parking ministryat Floris.

Lenten Study

Jesus summed up the goal of our faith nicely when he prayed that God’s will would be done on earth as it was in heaven. Imagine if your relationship with God was that tangible and accessible. That would be life changing and your life would be more likely to be world changing. Such a deep love of God arises out of our personal holiness. It is possible to learn to listen and talk with God in such a way that we know how to live on earth as we will one day live in heaven. This Lent we will explore different ways to deepen our love and experience of God. The sermon series will focus on The Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer has been shared by millions of Christians across all races, cultures and languages for over two thousand years. It has powerful lessons to teach us about how to live our lives and order our community. Our small groups will be studying prayer during the weeks of Lent. This Sunday, and Sunday, February 19 there will be a Lenten Small Groups Fairin the Fellowship Hall from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. There will be a display of the five books for the Lenten Study (choose one) as well as a list of groups welcoming new members. This is a great opportunity to try a small group. It begins February 19 and last for six weeks. Make the season of Lent meaningful by joining a small group or purchasing one of the books to study on your own.

Eat Pizza, Do Good!

On Sunday, all day, Manhattan Pizza will donate 20% of its sales to benefit Connections for Hope. This includes eat-in, take-out or delivery. Manhattan Pizza is located in the Woodland Park Crossing Shopping Center on Sunrise Valley Drive (12975 C Highland Crossing Drive). This is a direct result of relationships within the community that were developed and strengthened through the Feed a Child campaign. This is an easy way to support the good work of Connections for Hope.

This Week in Worship

Valentine’s Day is coming and love is in the air. This week we will take a look at the most famous love letter of all. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13.

In Christ,

– Tom

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