I hope you all survived the storm without too much damage. I think it is safe to say that even though there has been a LOT of minor wind and water damage, and many of us are exhausted from the hard work of cleaning up after the storm, we have much to be grateful for.
The question now is “How do we show our gratitude?” Certainly we offer prayers of gratitude on our own behalf and we offer intercessory prayers for those in the Bahamas and other places where the storm did major damage. Then, we follow up our prayers with support in the way of financial donations or working with relief agencies like Water Missions or church mission groups who will be making trips to participate in the rebuilding.
Last week, our session approved a resolution that all our 9:00am faith formation class offerings from September through the end of December will go the PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance). We are also having a SPECIAL Hurricane Dorian support for the Bahamas this Sunday. The money we collect will go through PDA directly to the Bahamas.
This is a generous congregation, and in the past you have been especially generous when we have had special offerings to help those in need. I hope you will prayerfully consider your financial gifts that will help ease the pain of our sisters and brothers in the Bahamas.
Of course there are folks right here in our own community who need our help also. Sunday we passed out grocery bags for our quarterly grocery bag drive for ECCO (East Cooper Community Outreach). Keep in mind so many folks who rely on ECCO were out of work last week and lost needed wages and will have greater than normal needs, so I encourage you to be generous in filling the ECCO bags and drop them by the church any time this week or bring them on Sunday.
Grace and peace