Dear Floris Family,

There is nothing like the power of encouragement. Believing in someone, offering help, and becoming part of a person’s cheering section can make all the difference in someone’s life. A fine example is our own Carol Benson, a long-time Floris member who participated in an amazing story of encouragement that was featured on the Joy Fit Club segment of the Today Show this week. Carol and others encouraged their friend Marisa when she decided to transform her health by changing key habits in her life. Marisa began to eat well, exercise daily and claim a new level of vitality. As she took these steps, Carol and other friends gave their encouragement in a number of ways. This is a great example of the power of Christ’s love, shared with another. You can see Marisa’s story of dramatic transformation on the Today Show. Make sure to watch it to the end to see Carol. Who have you encouraged this week?

On an unrelated note, I am looking for someone who has worked for Disney in our congregation. If you work for Disney in the present or have in the past, please contact me.

IT Upgrade Tomorrow Afternoon
This Friday at 4 PM we will begin the process of upgrading the Floris server software and hardware. I am told that there should be no email access and no internet access for up to 24 hours. While those performing the changeover will attempt to minimize email loss, they cannot guarantee that some email will not be lost. If you need to contact someone during this time, please call the office at 703-793-0026 and leave a voicemail. We also anticipate that wireless capability in the building will likely be down all weekend. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Opportunity for Young Adults
We are interested in hearing from those of you who are 20-29 year olds in our church. Please join the pastors for a conversation about young adults in our church this Sunday after the 11 AM service. We’ll meet in the Hangar, the large room below the sanctuary. Please contact Tim Ward with questions.

Prayer and Healing Service
Join us on Thursday, June 7 at 7 PM for a worship service of prayer and healing. We will have a time for personal and corporate prayer, and the opportunity to be anointed with oil. Come pray for yourself or someone you love and share in this special worship service.

ANGEL Book Drive
Sunday is your last opportunity to bless students at Hutchison Elementary by donating new or gently used reading books the the ANGEL Book Drive. These books will provide students grades K-6 with the opportunity to read over the summer. Collection bins will be on the 2nd floor until Sunday.

Footprints for Hope in the News
The Footprints for Hope Walk was recently covered in the Herndon Connection newspaper. I thought you might like to see the article online. It was a great day and many Floris families participated.

This Week in Worship
Sunday we will conclude our current sermon series, Hearing God Speak. When struggling to discern and do the will of God, there are three truths you can always count on. Join me Sunday as we consider what God might be saying to us. Scripture: Romans 12:1-3.

In Christ,
– Tom

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