Today I Saw God

eNote from Rev. Tom Berlin January 3, 2013

Dear Floris Family,

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year's. Along with others, my family signed up to volunteer with FACETS on New Year's Day and it gave me a huge sense ofappreciation for what those volunteers do throughout the year. Making the meals that would be distributed to individuals and families in our area who are homeless, I was impressed that over the 20 or so years Floris has been a part of this ministry, we continue to prepare meals that any of us would be happy to enjoy. Watching the fresh ingredients chopped, browned and cooked, I was reminded of Jesus' call to "do unto others what you would have them do unto you." Certainly this applies to serving a hot, nutritious and flavorful meal on a cold winter night. Those we served were grateful for the love and care shared through these meals. Another highlight: Vicki Monroe's mother hand knitted a box full of scarves that our team was able to distribute to some very happy people. What a loving gift she was able to share with people who really appreciated the warmth the scarves would bring. One man said that it was like "Christmas all over again." Let me say again how grateful I am for the volunteers who do this all through the year and the leadership of Cathy and Steve Hartman. Together, this is truly a ministry of love.

New Relationship Series
I am filming the upcoming Lenten study during the day this week, which means I am working on my sermon in the evening. I am really looking forward to our new sermon series that begins Sunday called Sustaining Relationships. We are going to start with a sermon on the nature of friendship, looking at the relationship that was shared by David and Jonathan. I encourage you to read 1 Samuel 18-20 if you want to find a story of a meaningful friendship that has multiple insights which can inform our pursuit of loving and holy relationships. I am excited to share what I am finding in this text. I have found it challenging and reinforcing as I think about relationships that I hope will flourish in the coming year in my life. We will again send a special invitation email to you shortly after you receive this eNote. Please forward it to those you'd like to invite to Floris who may not have a church home and may enjoy this sermon series.

As part of the series, we will also offer an opportunity to focus on one of the most important relationships you have, your marriage. Please mark January 25 and 26 on your calendars for a Marriage Retreat weekend with Rev. Mark Miller and his wife Lynn. They will lead a weekend focused on strengthening marriages. Contact Tim Ward with questions.

Group Life Fair
If you have been considering joining a small group in the New Year, this is your chance. Be sure to stop by the Gathering Space on Sunday to see what's new in Group Life at Floris. You'll have a chance to see new groups that are starting in January, find out about what's new with our existing groups and sign up for a small group or class. Contact Tim Ward with questions.

This Week in Worship
Join us Sunday as we begin a new sermon series, Sustaining Relationships. We will talk about what makes relationships work well as we consider "The True Nature of Friendship." Scripture: 1 Samuel 18:1-5.

In Christ,
– Tom

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