Now concerning the collection for the saints; you should follow the directions I gave to the churches of Galatia.
– I Corinthians 16:1
Years ago, I realized that I had never heard a sermon taken from this text. So I preached one. I can give you the name of the congregation if you want to know what it was like.
Seriously: I find it fascinating that in the middle of theological and liturgical concerns, in the letters that are foundational to our faith and Scriptures, the Apostle Paul urges Christians to remember the troubles of their sisters and brothers. The church in Jerusalem was hard pressed, coping with disasters and all Christians needed to share in the relief of the church’s needs.
United Methodist Christians have always worked to relieve human hurt and need. We respond quickly and stay for the long-term to respond to natural disasters such as Hurricane Matthew. There are many folks at work across our Conference where Matthew is still causing pain and suffering.
As you know, The Capital District adopted a particular house in Lumberton, one belonging to Mrs. Betty Hunt, a member of Branch Street United Methodist Church. We are working to insure that it’s rebuilt and that Mrs. Hunt can resume her life within it.
I am exceptionally grateful for the work of two groups within our district who have led the way in our response (and I’m sure there are more; that’s the trouble with naming names):
- Erwin Church has raised $1200.00 themselves for help with repairs to Mrs.
- Our Capital District United Methodist Men, led by their President, Wally Mills,
have held a series of seafood festivals where they have raised $4500 for
disaster recovery, $2500 of that amount going to Mrs. Hunt’s house. Millbrook
Church’s UMM – where Wally is an active member – contributed $2000 of that
amount. Lots of churches and their men’s groups participated: Knightdale
UMM, Benson Memorial UMC, Millbrook UMC, North Raleigh UMM,
Evansdale UMC, Kenly UMM, Eureka UMC, Knightdale UMM, Winstead UMM
and The Capital District UMW!
Paul also said to pursue our goals. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right. . . whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. – Galatians 6:9-10
Our goal is to assist all those within and without our Annual Conference in recovering from Matthew and its related troubles. God bless us as we do so.
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Hello from Harvey – THE COLLECTION OF THE SAINTS
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