There are weeks when I am struck by what a wonderful church I get to serve at Floris. On Sunday I greeted middle school students who shared what a great time they had serving and learning about Christ at the Jeremiah Project. Sunday afternoon I prayed with the high school mission team headed to serve this week in Washington, DC. Read their posts on Floris’ Blog . They will serve agencies that benefit homeless, low income and elderly persons each morning and then bring Vacation Bible School to kids in a housing project in Anacostia in the afternoon. Tuesday morning I was able to go to Camp Hutchison at Hutchison Elementary School. We commissioned 130 volunteers on Sunday who will give their time over the next month to teach reading, math, art, music and other enrichment and fun activities. It was wonderful to see classrooms where 10 kids were being taught in small groups by 3-4 adults and teenagers. When I arrived the kids were eating breakfast. Later they were reading books, sharing in art projects and enjoying math lessons that will make the summer more interesting and help get them ready for school in September. There will be a feature about this on NBC 4 at 5 PM and 6 PM on Friday of this week. I think you will be as impressed as I was at what our church is doing at Camp Hutchison. On Wednesday afternoon the team headed to Sierra Leone met here before departing or Dulles Airport. This team includes members of Floris as well as our partner churches. They will be teaching kids at the CRC and offering a Vacation Bible School there as well.

We are very blessed to have such servanthood demonstrated by Floris members of all ages this summer. Together, we are engaged in our community and world in small ways that will have great impact. Everywhere I go this week I see Floris living out the principle of the mustard seed that we heard in the gospel lesson on Sunday. Thanks to everyone – kids, students and adults, for living out the call of Christ to share the good news of God’s love in so many ways this summer.

Golf Tournament

If you were in church on Sunday, you saw a video about the 10th Annual Child Rescue Centre Benefit Golf Tournament to be held on September 26 at the 1757 Golf Club. Over the years this golf tournament has provided more than $500,000 in support for the children of the CRC and continues to provide a significant portion of the CRC’s operating support. As we move to include children who have been victims of child labor and trafficking our support will be even more important. I encourage you to view the video and find out more about the golf tournament and how you can help ensure its success. Contact Sarah Newman with questions. We are in particular need of sponsorships, items for the silent auction, including weeks at vacation homes or tickets to sporting events, golfers and volunteers. Your generosity has made a big difference in the lives of these children, and we are very grateful for your efforts on their behalf.

Quarterly Financial Statements

As you know, we mailed financial statements in June and asked you to review your statement for accuracy and reconciliation with your 2011 estimate of giving. Thank you to those who were able to bring their giving current related to their estimate for the year. We don’t want to bombard you with financial statements so we will not send out the second quarter financial statements that are normally mailed in July. We will resume with quarterly statements after the third quarter. If, however, you would like a current statement, please contact Donna Porter in the financial office.

This Week in Worship

We continue our sermon series A Guide to a Life Well Lived by considering Jesus’ words about consistency and personal integrity. In this week’s scripture Jesus confronts the Pharisees, who are focused on ritual and outward signs of obedience rather than what is in their hearts. In the process, he teaches us a great lesson about how our inner life impacts our actions. I hope you will join us. Scripture: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 .


– Tom

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