A Note From Pastor Davidby Pastor David Alexander
Dear First Family,
Last weekend we kicked off our Summer of Joy message series and throughout this entire week our staff and volunteers have been preparing for one of the exciting events we have each summer. Vacation Bible Camp begins this Monday and in the coming week we will have the chance to welcome and bless over 1000 children and volunteers each day.
I want to encourage you to commit to pray for VBC every day next week. Pray for God to bless kids, their families and every individual who is serving to make this incredible week possible.
Alongside that, I want to invite you to be a part of our Family Night event Friday evening beginning at 6:30 pm that will bring the week to a close. There will be worship, food trucks, outdoor games and an opportunity for us to celebrate together what God has done to bless children and families through this years Vacation Bible Camp.
In launching our new message series last week, we sold out of the Summer of Joy shirts! We will have a new stock of all sizes and colors this weekend in the Atrium. As I shared last weekend, we would love for you to post pictures of you and your family enjoying summer together.
You can post pictures on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #fmcmsummerofjoy or you can email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you happen to be wearing your Summer of Joy shirts for those pics, that’s even better!
Finally today, I want to let you know with the recent events happening in Guatemala, we have been in contact with our partners at ZOE Ministry. Our children and staff in the program are safe. The children in the program are collecting donations to deliver directly to the families who have lost loved ones and homes due to the volcano.
We would like to partner with our ZOE kids in providing relief for these families. If you would like to contribute, you can do so by giving a check to the church with the memo: Guatemala Volcano Relief. You may also contribute through UMCOR International Disaster Response.
I ask that you join me in praying for Guatemala. Pray for the families who have lost everything. Pray for the first responders working tirelessly to find survivors. And pray for our children that are responding in such a selfless way by taking what they have learned about generosity and giving away what little they have to bless those in desperate need.
I look forward to seeing you in worship this weekend as we continue claiming together the joy that is ours in Christ!
Grace & Peace,