Dear Floris Family,

Yesterday I hosted 10 clergy from the Virginia Annual Conference of the UMC at Floris. These pastors are a part of a newly formed “Timothy Group,” based on the passage in 2 Timothy 1:6, For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you. This group will meet 2-3 times a year to discuss a variety of topics that they have chosen relative to a pastor’s work. I am leading this group with my good friend Rev. Mark Miller of Ebenezer UMC in Stafford. We were approached this summer by one of these pastors who has an interest in bearing fruit in his ministry. He offered to gather the group if we would lead it.

Tuesday night Karen and I hosted them, along with Mark and his wife Lynn, in our home for dinner. Yesterday we talked about the importance of the pastor’s understanding of the nature and mission of the church. We visited all three of the church buildings that have held our congregation throughout its history. Sharing Floris’ story, we discussed key decisions the congregation made to be at the center of its community so that Christ might be at the center of their lives. The group said that they found manytransferableprinciples for their ministry settings and enjoyed hearing the story of Floris’ journey through the years.

Jake McGlothin capped off the day by sharing Floris’ outreach and the ways you serve the community and world. I want you to know how grateful I was as I considered all the generations that have contributed to what our church was in the past and how that has led to what we are today. Our group will meet again in January at Ebenezer UMC.

Feed a Child Campaign
Our students asked me to share their next two events for the Feed a Child Campaign to raise money to feed children in Sierra Leone at the CRC and Mercy Hospital. The next event is at Sweet Frog in Greenbriar Shopping Center on Saturday from 12-3 PM. Be sure to stop by and support our students in this important effort, and bring thisflyerwith you. The students are also hosting, cooking and serving a wonderful dinner for couples and twosomes on Saturday, October 27. We ask that you make your reservation for “Date Night“for one of the two seating times. All proceeds from Date Night will also benefit the Feed a Child Campaign.

Clean-Out Challenge October 27
As part of our Simple sermon series, Floris is sponsoring the Clean-Out Challenge, and I invite you to take it. Floris will provide some special help on Saturday, October 27, 9 AM – 12 PM (this is a time change from my announcement Sunday). Organizations that accept donations of clothing, countertop appliances, books, linens and blankets will be at Floris to collect your gently used items. We will also have a company here that shreds documents and recycles computers (including hard drive meltdown) and small electronics. This is a great opportunity to get rid of things that are bringing you down! It is important to know what types of items will be accepted. Visit Clean-Out Challengeon Floris’ website to find out the details. Also, would you please take before and after photos of your efforts? You can send them to Susan Ward.

This Week in Worship
This week we continue our sermon series Simple: Life Doesn’t Have to be Complicated. The key to keeping life simple is to align our time and money toward those things that really matter to us in life. This Sunday we will consider whether our lives are aligned to the purposes of the kingdom. Please join me for the sermon “Simple Money.” Scripture: Mathew 13:44-46.

In Christ,
– Tom

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