Today I Saw God
Rev. Tom Berlin's eNote May 16, 2013
Dear Floris Family,
I led a community prayer tour on Tuesday night with one of our small groups at Floris and was pleased by what a good experience it was. We all learned things about our community, some of which I knew but had forgotten, and some that was new information. It was good to pray for people who live in our area and the situations they face. It is easy to be so action-oriented that you can forget to begin things in prayer. Traveling around our community enabled me to see how our area is changing, and how people are living here. Some of the stops were familiar, others showed us things we drive past daily but never see. Along the way we talked, laughed, and discussed our church together. In the time since the prayer tour, I have found myself praying for our community and church, asking God where we might be most strategically used to reach people for Christ and bless those who are in need. I hope you are using the Daily Prayer Guide and will participate in the other opportunities as well. Here is more on our Pray in May initiative:
Pray in May Update
There are many ways to be a part of Floris' May-June prayer focus. Join one of our 30 minute guided prayer sessions in the Chapel. These Chapel prayer sessions begin Sunday after the 9:15 and 11 AM services, and continue each week until June 9. You can also print a copy of our Daily Prayer Guide. This is offered to assist you in your daily prayer for the next four weeks. Another great way to learn about prayer is to take a prayer walk of Floris UMC or join a prayer tour of the local community. You can take a self-led prayer walk of Floris with your small group or friends and learn about the ministry that is happening here. You can also climb aboard the church bus for a ride through our community. We will stop and learn about the issues that face those who live in our area and have time to pray for our community and our church. Be sure to sign up for a community prayer tour. One goal of this initiative is for the congregation to pray for the ministry of our church and share what God is saying to you with our Church Council. For more details about our May-June prayer focus, or to share your prayer feedback, visit Floris' Pray in May page.
Floris Student Makes a Difference
You may remember that Floris held a packaging event for Stop Hunger Nowin May 2012. We packaged 80,000 meals that were sent overseas to those in need. You will be pleased to know that this event had a tremendous impact ona student from Floris UMCwho participated,Ryan Bracewell.Hehad so much fun while helping others that he wanted to bring a packaging event to his school, Lees Corner Elementary.He and friend Celie Anderson challenged their 6th grade class to raise the $2,500 required to host an event. They made posters and had bake sales,and raised $4,300, enough to package 17,200 meals. You can read more about it in a recent Centre View article. If you see him, make sure to congratulate him on a job well done.
At this time we will not be running shuttles again until September. Thanks to all of you who took the shuttle and helped to make Floris a more welcoming place for our guests.
Quote of the Week
This is from an email I received from a long-term Floris member: "I'm sure that many (probably all) were touched by the moms and kids who sang so beautifully together on Sunday. It was such a blessing in many ways but the one thing that really touched my heart was the racial diversity represented in the group. It was a beautiful thing to see all of God's children, of different races and backgrounds worshipping God together…Praying that God continues to use Floris and all of us to extend His love to everyone."
This Week in Worship
It is easy in the spring, with events and good weather, to neglect worship. So make sure to come to our celebration this week of Pentecost, the birthday of the church, when the Holy Spirit brought the first Christians together. Worship God this week as we continue our sermon series, Go!. Join me for a sermon that asks, "Why Does it Matter?" Scripture: Acts 2:1-21, 43-47.