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Greetings.  This past month has been a whirlwind of activity for me.  I am slowly learning the area.  One of the biggest struggles I have is discerning north and south from east and west.  It seems silly to me.  I know that the number streets go east and west while the big named streets go north and south, but what I know in my head doesn’t seem to resonate in the rest of me.

I think our faith is often like this.  What we learn through Sunday School, Worship, or various studies can often find itself rooted in our heads but at the same time not find its way to our hearts.  That is because our faith needs to be lived out before it can truly become part of who we are as the people of God.  We actually have to put it into practice.

Today, we have an opportunity to do just that.  As I write this, Hurricane Florence is making land fall.  I have a daughter stationed in Virginia Beach at one of the naval bases.  She is keeping be posted on the progress of the storm.  I do know that the bases are shut down, the equipment moved to a secure location, and the soldiers and employees told to stay home and call in.  As they hunker down to ride out the storm, they are also preparing to respond once it passes.  

The United Methodist Church is also getting ready to respond.  Our government has openingly acknowledged that it is the faith communities who are the key players for effective disaster relief.  Each faith community brings different gifts and skills.  Know that the United Methodist Church is one of those key players.  They have already put our an urgent request for the items needed to fill Cleaning Buckets and Hygiene Kits.  First UMC of Warren will be one of the collection sites for these items.  We need your help.  You can find the list of items on our website and our facebook page, or you can pick it up in the office.  We will be collecting them through October 7th.  As our ladies say, “No one can do every thing, but everyone can do something!!!”

Shalom, Pastor Melissa