Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, TS Jose, Katia and now Maria!
Yet another storm in the Caribbean and created havoc there and in the southeast United States and her territories. The U.S. Virgin Islands, particularly St. John, were hit by the full fury of Irma as a category 5 storm. Friends of Rev. Turner, who have lived there for the past 10 years, blessedly survived along with their 4 young children. They left St. John with literally the clothing on their backs, and are gratefully heading back to family on the U.S. mainland.
In light of the devastation of these storms, Virginia Baptist Disaster Response (part of the Baptist General Association of Virginia – BGAV) has been called in to help with feeding, providing shower facilities and assisting with home clean up called “mucking out” homes. As a result, BGAV has sent out a call for “Flood Buckets of Love” from Baptist churches in Virginia, as they did after the floods in West Virginia. Disaster Relief teams go out in communities, door to door, offering assistance to homeowners with clean-up. Sometimes people do not want or need help, but they are always offered a “Flood Bucket of Love” which is filled with all the basic disinfecting products they need to at least get started with their clean up.
Our Youth will again be collecting donations and filling buckets with these supplies for the foreseeable future. We need your donations to be able to do this project. There will be an insert in your church bulletin on Sunday morning listing the specific items needed and their item number at Home Depot, if you would like to pick up these items yourself. A donation of $50.00 will fill a complete bucket through the BGAV. We are asking you to help in any way you can with any amount you can give. Place in offering plate or mail checks to office, 7100 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Please make checks payable to The United Baptist Church with memo line "Flood Buckets".
This will be an on-going project until further notice. Perhaps you can invite neighbors and friends to help out or donate as well. This is a concrete way to help out and to make a difference in the lives of people in need.
If you give as you are able, I will guarantee that you will indeed feel the peace and joy that Dr. Yawn so often speaks of during worship. That peace and joy comes from using the Holy Spirit attitudes of love, kindness, generosity and goodness -- the basis of this project. Thank you for your prayerful consideration and assistance.
The Season of
When Humans Began Being
MORE FULLY ALIVE
by God’s Holy Attitudes of
PATIENCE • KINDNESS • GENEROSITY • GENTLENESS
To be with People in
[the Source: Galatians 5:22-23]
- Conscious of Christ in every aspect of life;
- Disciplined to grow in Christ;
- Accountable ultimately to God as revealed in Christ;
- Committed to promote Christ in our church, society and world;
- Inclusive in building relationships the world over; and
- Intentional about calling others to join us in this mission.