from the pastor

“Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.”

(C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)

Hurricane Florence has come and is now dissipated – but the effects will be with us a long time. We have been fortunate to have been spared the full brunt of this hurricane in Wilson County. Unfortunately, there are many people and many places that have not fared as well. What is our response?

At our weekly staff meeting this morning, the discussion centered in on how we will respond to the many needs that our neighbors and state are facing. We are blessed to have a Mission and Outreach team that is well-organized and working at FUMC. Doris Craft and Cathy Chapman give leadership to this team and we will be working through them for both immediate and far ranging responses.

Already, we have responded by collecting items that have been taken to Ann Street UMC in Beaufort, NC. Today, September 23rd , and next Sunday, September 30th , we will be receiving a special offering along with our regular offering. This special offering will be directed to UMCOR and will be used in its entirety for Hurricane Florence Relief.

We need to remember that today is Stewardship Sunday. Our focus is “Building on a Firm Foundation.” In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus compares hearing and acting on his word to building a house on a firm foundation. Storms of all kinds can rage against that house and it will not fall. A house built on only hearing and not acting is like a house whose foundation is built on sand and will fall when the storms arise – “and great [will be] its fall!

Today, I urge all of our membership to make every effort to be in attendance at one of our worship services to hear the messages that will be shared and the opportunities available to you. Now is a time to be not only a hearer: now is the time to act..

Other upcoming opportunities to respond are listed elsewhere in the Chimes. If you are interested in being active in these efforts, please be sure to let me, Doris Craft, Cathy Chapman, Alysun Skinner, or Vickie Franks know. A good contact number for the time being is the Church Office: 252-237-6121.

Pastor Bob