Dear Floris Family,

This week I write the eNote from beautiful Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. The UMC has a conference center here that is set in the Smokey Mountains. I have enjoyed experiencing one of the great examples of God’s creative abilities. The mountains and morning fog create an inspiring setting. I am here for the Southeastern Jurisdictional (SEJ) Conference. Our main work is to choose five new Bishops from among 15 persons nominated for this task.

These persons will serve in the Southeast, the area from Virginia to Alabama. Virginia is one of the Annual Conferences that will receive a new Bishop. I am participating in the voting and I also serve on the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy. Along with a lay person, I represent the Virginia Annual Conference on the committee that assigns these Bishops to their place of service for the coming four years. It is an interesting task that allows me to hear about the state of the UMC across the SEJ. There is a good spirit here at Lake Junaluska. We have a diverse pool of gifted and talented persons from which to choose. There is an obvious desire to elect persons with solid leadership gifts who can help the church reach people for Christ, serve the poor and care for its members. It is great to attend a large church meeting like this, where worship is meaningful, fellowship is warm and friendly and work is done with mutual respect and appreciation for the efforts of those participating.

I am looking forward to returning to Virginia Friday. At that time I will have completed my service, which began last year, as the head of our delegation. It has been a privilege to serve, just as it will be a blessing to drive home without those responsibilities.

Tomorrow we will be sending you a special invitation that you can send toothers inviting them to The Music Man. Please take a moment to extend the invitation to your friends and family.

Donate a Music Man Ticket
If you won’t be here for The Music Man performances, or would just like to bless others, I want to encourage you to consider donating tickets to our Camp Hutchison students. Our goal is to provide 2 free tickets to each of the 70 students, one for each student and one for a parent. Donate a ticketand help kids go to the theater who otherwise may not be able to have that experience.

Pot Luck Dinner
We will gather in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, July 29 after the 5 PM service for a summer Pot Luck Dinner. Bring the whole family and a dish to share. This is a great chance to catch up with old friends or meet new ones and enjoy some great food.

Special Student Ministry Presentation
Rick Rappoport and I will be speaking to rising juniors, seniors and college freshman and their parents on Monday evening, July 30, at 7 PM in the Hangar. Rick is the Chief of Police for the City of Fairfax Police Department and will talk about the challenges that our students face today. Through interaction and story, Rick will encourage students to a broader understanding and awareness of risks, consequences and choices that will better equip them for school and life. I will offer a biblical perspective on our discussion. We believe that this is a message that students and parents will want to hear. Please RSVP to this event by contacting Shane Gaboury.

760 Challenge Update
I have been telling you about the 760 Challengethe past two weeks. Our goal is 760 likes, and we currently have 510, so be sure to like Floris UMCon Facebook and invite your family and friends to like Floris too. If Floris’ Facebook page reaches 760 likes by July 31, we will give one lucky fan four free tickets to The Music Man here at Floris August 9-11. (If you purchase tickets and you are the lucky winner, we will refund you for the four tickets.)

This Week in Worship
On Sunday we will conclude our summer sermon series, Reel Messages. We will use illustrations from the movie Brave to explore the value of courage. Scripture: 27:1-6, 14.

In Christ,
– Tom

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