Dear Hope Family,
Despite growing up in South Florida and experiencing the anxiety of hurricane season every year (and even walking outside in the eye of Hurricane Andrew), I’m still in awe, and even experience some fear, at the power of these weather systems. And even though our spaghetti models can project a future path, we can’t do anything to control them.
Of course, I’m a preacher, so every situation is fair game for a sermon illustration, but I’ll just say this: it’s comforting to know my life is in the hands of a God who not only created the clouds and rain and wind but who also holds all things in his sovereign hands. Indeed, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” (Mt. 8:27)
I’m sure some of you are wondering how we can help those who have been devastated by this storm. You’ll be glad to know that our Deacons have done a wonderful job planning for disaster responses. They not only made room in our budget to buy supplies, but the supplies have already been purchased and delivered to Hope—well before Hurricane Ian even existed!
In light of that, I’d like to welcome you to participate in a Flood Bucket preparation project. Here’s an invitation from Deacon Ernie Hobbs:
Flood Buckets, Sunday, October 9th, right after the early service
One of the ministries that we support at Hope is the MNA (Mission to North America) Disaster Readiness program. Specifically, we prepare and assemble kits to assist people that have been affected by flooding from natural disasters. These “Flood Buckets” are a great way for you to directly help those affected by Hurricane Ian. (See more information here.)
Over the past couple of months, the deacons have been gathering supplies needed for the flood buckets, and we are going to be assembling 100 buckets on Sunday, October 9th, immediately after the early service and before Sunday School starts. This is an activity that people of all ages can participate in, so if you are interested, plan on joining us. No sign-up is necessary—just show up. If you have any questions, please contact Ernie Hobbs at (336) 979-8163.
We hope to see you there!
At this time, worship is still a go for Sunday, and we will update you if anything changes. Be sure to check out our Hymn of the Month for October: “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death”.
Please pray, stay safe and exercise caution, and let us know how we may serve you in the coming days.