Let me tell you about something I think is really fantastic. This past Saturday, a group of our FUMC students decided to do something creative to raise money for the “Feed a Child” matching grant. As you know, the funds all go to the children at the Child Rescue Centre and the nutrition programs at Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone. The food distributed by Mercy is changing mortality rates of children in the villages where it is distributed. Anyway, about 10 students stood outside of Lucia’s Restaurant at the Fox Mill Shopping Center Saturday. Earlier, Lucia’s had agreed to give them some of their proceeds for the day. They also got to set up a booth and sell T-shirts, sunglasses and wrist bands. They did this for NINE HOURS. Best of all, this was a student led, student organized and student staffed event. There was no adult making anyone do anything. They did it simply because they wanted to make a difference. They wanted to feed a child. At the end of nine hours, they had collected about $700 and they had told a lot of people about our good work in Sierra Leone. One man, seeing their dedication and hearing about the programs, gave them a $100 bill. I have always believed that part of the way a church blesses a community is to unlock generosity from those who will join the church in doing good. Our students did that and more. When I think about them standing around that table all day and part of the evening on Saturday, it gives me a lot of hope. It is hard to think,these kids today,there they go again, loitering around Fox Mill to raise money to feed children in Africa.You get the idea. I think that the good our kids are doing is also doing a lot of good in their lives as well. They are far more likely to become adults who are people of compassion who see the broader needs of the world beyond their own desires. I am confident that this state of mutual blessedness is the place God wants to lead us. If you’d like to be a part of this, the students will be at Tropical Smoothie Caf on Sunday from 12 – 3 PM, and the Reston Farmer’s Market on Saturday, October 29 from 8 AM – 12 PM. Findmore informationon our website about the campaign and our students’ efforts.

Kid Nation International Fall Festival

Please join me on Saturday, November 12 from 5 – 7 PM for Floris’Kid Nation International Fall Festival. This is an opportunity for families to enjoy traditional fall festival activities AND experience cultures from around the world without leaving Herndon. There will be food from around the world, games and activities for kids and adults alike. There is a $15 fee per family, but your guests come free, so invite others to join you. At 7 PM all are invited to participate in the Latino or Indian bi-lingual worship services. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors who do not have a church home to experience a great evening.

Senior Resource Fair

Many of you are honoring older members of your families by assisting with their care. Floris is hosting aSenior Resource Fairthis Saturday from 9 AM – 12:30 PM. If you are an adult child helping parents make decisions, or a senior planning your own future, this event will be very helpful. Many speakers and companies will present information on topics you’ll need to consider. We hope you can attend – no RSVP required.

Hutchison Partnership Award

Last Friday, Floris received an award from Fairfax County Public Schools for being a 10 year partner with Hutchison Elementary School. Along with Hutchison staff and a few of our longtime volunteers who were able to attend, we were recognized for our partnership and all the things we do with and for the school. I’ll show you the award and the picture on Sunday.

Second Advent Preparation Meeting Offered

I am interested in meeting with anyone who wants their Advent and Christmas to be really special this year. I want to hear what has made the season more sacred in the past and what has worked against it. Our goal is to offer resources to the Floris family that will make this a very blessed Advent and Christmas celebration. We had a meeting on Wednesday, and are offering a second meeting this Sunday October 23 at 6:30 PM. Come join us. If you’d like to attend, or if you have questions, please contactPam Broadus.

This Week in Worship

This week we continue our seriesEnough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. Last Sunday, our topic was “Wisdom and Finance.” We looked at theSix Key Financial Principlesof money management and how they apply to our daily lives. We also handed out alife goals worksheetand abudget worksheet. This Sunday we will talk about “Cultivating Contentment.” I hope you will join us.Scripture: Luke 12:13-21.

In Christ,

– Tom

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