Announcements for the Week of September 24, 2017

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Announcements for the Week of September 17, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Message from Pastor Dave

Dear Family of Christ,

The path of Irma has been shifting to the west over the past few days.  It now seems that we are close to the direct path of the storm.  Tropical storm force winds will be starting on Sunday morning with Hurricane force winds occurring in the evening and then overnight into Monday morning. With that in mind, if you are here in town, it seems best to not have any services on Sunday morning.  We will have our service tonight at 6:00 PM and please take precautions with all of the preparations around your homes. If you feel your home is not safe call me (813) 892-3003.  Or if any trees come down on your property let me know and we have several people with chainsaws who can help with that issue.

We are praying tonight for all of those already affected by the storm and those in the future path.   

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:6-7)

Pastor Dave 

Pastor’s Blog – Hurricane Irma and this Weekends Services

A few weeks ago our Gospel reading included these verses.

When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”  Matthew 14:26-31

At times like these with Irma approaching our eyes are upon the wind much like Peter.  I have watched the weather more in the last five days than I have over the last 6 months. I was very worried a few days ago about this storm passing through the Keys into Gulf as a huge storm.  At this point it looks as if we may be spared the ferocious nature of this storm if it does pass up along the Atlantic coast northward. Miami looks to be getting hit hard and the whole I-95 corridor.  If that does happen, we may well be one of the evacuation zones for much of the east coast of Florida.  However, keep your eyes on the weather updates and be safe.  The worst of everything looks to be Sunday evening for us.

If the storm does stay east we will have the three services this weekend and we will pray for those who are facing the winds and the rain of Irma as well as the people of Texas who have experienced their own extreme flooding.  This passage from Matthew reminds us that our eyes of faith also need to be upon Jesus.  Our sermon series this month is upon people and things worth fighting for and this week we consider individuals and pray for those feeling alone in the struggles of the world in every realm, especially the storms of the last few weeks.  Special events at church this weekend are postponed until next weekend such as: Youth breakfast, Sunday School Teacher installation, and the Thrivent  group sponsoring the youth breakfast. Stay safe this weekend and know Jesus is always watching you and ready to reach out his hand to you. 

Pastor Dave

Announcements for the week of September 3, 2017

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