Hurricane Florence Update
As Hurricane Florence draws closer to the coast, we wanted to send an update about the planned start of Local Tables next week.
With so much uncertainty around how our area will fare this weekend, our Lead Team has decided to postpone Monday’s Local Table in Governors Club until its next scheduled date on Monday, October 1.
As of now, our other Local Tables next week (Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday) are still on, though that is also subject to change. We will do our best to keep you updated.
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Finally, last night at Christ United Methodist Church, a number of us gathered to pray together ahead of the storm. Below, I offer one of the prayers we read, that it may be a comfort to you in the coming days. This prayer and other resources may be found here.
In the midst of darkness, you call forth light.
In the radiance of your light, you invite us to walk into the mystery of your darkness.
You are our light in this darkness, O God.
Be our guide, that we may not be afraid to walk where no light shines.
You fill your creation with hope for peace,
but you also remind us of nature's destructive power.
Shelter us in the midst of storms,
that we may offer shelter to those around us.
May we show forth the light of your glory
by offering ourselves in love to all who are hurting,
and all who are helping those who hurt.
When all we have is taken away,
still you hold us as your very own.
Blessed are you, Lord God of the universe,
now and forever. Amen.
In every storm, God is near to us, the grace of Jesus surrounds us, and the Holy Spirit is as close as our very breath. In the days and weeks ahead, we’ll discern together as a church how we will respond with our hands, feet, heart, and voice.
If you would like to preemptively support hurricane relief and recovery, consider giving to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church who will undoubtedly be among the first to mobilize efforts where needed. Donate here.
Join me today in prayer for all in harm’s way — for those in Florence’s direct path, for the first responders, and the most vulnerable among us. Today as you make final preparations, and through the weekend as we weather the storm and then emerge to assess damage and go about relief and recovery efforts... love where you are.