Hurricane relief for families in need

Dear Enews Friends,

For the past few days, I've been watching the news of Hurricane Florence. The forecast is calling for 30 to 40 inches of rain, which will cause massive flooding throughout the weekend and into next week. While it is a Category 1 hurricane, its impact has already forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and seek refuge in temporary shelters.

As a church, we are called to not only pray for those in need but to roll up our sleeves and meet their tangible needs. Our Compassion and Justice teams have worked hard over the last 36 hours to identify key partners like World Vision and local churches who are on the ground in the Carolinas. Our teams have worked together to compile a list of much-needed items and provide a way for you to give.

Starting this afternoon and continuing through Sunday, we are collecting the following items to send to those impacted by Hurricane Florence:
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Feminine products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • New socks and underwear (all sizes)
  • Paper towels
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Toilet paper

Large collection boxes will be placed in the D parking lot and outside of the F entrance for you to drop off donations. Donations will be taken from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. this evening, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. More information can be found here.

This weekend, we will spend time in our services praying for those affected by this disaster. Wewill also explore the life of Jesus again, this time looking at how He made space for family. We all belong to a family of some sort, and I'm convinced that God wants you to have healthy and loving family relationships. Together, let’s look at the way Jesus lived and discover how we can honor each other, put an end to shame, handle conflict better, and build trust within our families.

With anticipation,

Steve Gillen

P.S. Many of you have asked questions regarding our Elder selection processand the investigation. This weekend I will provide an update on all of those items for you and present a way to keep you updated on our process moving forward.

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