Dear Floris Family,

On Sunday we offered a time of prayer at the conclusion of the morning worship services. As I listened to person after person share their requests for prayer, I was reminded again of the variety of ways the Holy Spirit speaks to us in worship. Some were comforted by the music and message and wanted to pray for a challenge they were facing. Others were convicted of a sin or asked for Christ to come into their lives in a fresh way. Thanksgiving was also in your prayers, for faith in Christ and for ways the Holy Spirit had been at work in your lives. It was obvious that you had really been reflecting and thinking about the Psalm that was read and how it related to your life.

Each week I pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to us in the worship service and in the sermon in particular. As a preacher, I am aware of the constant need I have for God to shape and influence the weekly message so that it will be a blessing to those who worship. Praying with those who patiently stood in line after the service, I was so grateful for the ways you as a congregation have your ears and hearts tuned to the work of the Spirit. You were not only hearing from God, you were responding and seeking the presence of Christ all the more. Thanks for the privilege of praying with you and for your desire to, in the words of our scripture from Sunday, wait patiently for the Lord. Like the Psalmist, I am sure God heard your cry.

Cleaning Bucket Collection
A great way to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy is to bring a “cleaning bucket” to Floris on Sunday, November 25. These buckets will be sent to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) to aid the clean-up effort. If you’d like to donate a cleaning bucket, please view this list of supplies so you’ll know what to purchase. Please use this list to prepare your bucket. You may also view a video on how to make a cleaning bucket. We need volunteers to assist with this effort. If you’d like to help, sign up to volunteer or contact Jake McGlothin with questions.

Summer’s Best Two Weeks
A representative from Summer’s Best Two Weeks, a Christian sports camp in PA, will be at Floris on Sunday for a presentation in the Hangar following the 11 AM worship service. Many of our children and students attend this camp and have found it to be a wonderful faith growing experience and a very fun camp. Come watch a video and ask questions about all that this camp offers. The camp is open to kidsages 8-18. If you have questions, contact Karen Heier.

Advent Giving Update
On Sunday the Fellowship Hall was full of Christmas trees with ornaments that represent children and families in our community. The ornaments list specific needs and other gifts for children and families in our community through partners such as Hutchison Elementary School, Reston Interfaith and Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. While a majority of the ornaments were taken on Sunday, the remaining tags will be in the Gathering Space this Sunday. If you didn’t get a chance this past week, be sure to stop by and choose an ornament. Remember to return your gifts December 2 by noon. Plan to take the time to make Advent giving a meaningful part of your Christmas preparation.

This Week in Worship
This Sunday we continue our sermon series Psalms: The Language of Life. We will look at Psalm 19 and consider the power of worship in our lives and how it relates to the act of thanksgiving. I think it will be a timely sermon that will help you know how to live in such a way that the upcoming holiday doesn’t end up a real turkey. Scripture: Psalm 19.

In Christ,
– Tom

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