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Hurricane Sandy Mission Team Day 1–Settling In

Editor’s Note:  A group of missioners from Floris UMC has been working in New Jersey to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. During their trip, they will be posting blog updates about their trip, and we will be posting them as they become available. Submitted by Illene Hafker Thursday, March 21: We all arrived at Grove Hall Conference Center in Ocean Grove, NJ, safely around 4:30 PM.  After settling into our rooms, we took a road trip to Ortley Beach to scout out the home we are going to be ... Read More »

So God Made Relationships by Susan Ward

I’ll admit it. I watch the Super Bowl for the ads. My major in college concentrated in advertising and public relations so I am far more excited about the Super Bowl ads than the teams playing each year. Prior to the game, instead of reading up about the teams, I read articles analyzing the ads that will be shown. I didn’t even know the head coaches were brothers until the game started. I take my bathroom breaks during the game, not the commercials. Each year, I watch for a favorite. This ... Read More »

Are You Properly Caring For The Relationships In Your Life? By Susan Ward

A word of advice, if you are going out of town and would like someone to water your plants don’t call me. You will arrive home to a bunch of dead plants. This is because I have no clue how to keep plants alive. Saying something as simple as “water these,” means nothing to me. How much water? Are we talking 8 ounces once a week or half a cup morning and night? Do I need to rotate the plant around to make sure it gets equal amounts of sunlight? ... Read More »

A Community of Truth and Candor

Yesterday I did something I have never done before:  I raised my card at General Conference to speak in favor of a resolution that dealt with human sexuality. Of all the issues that divide the General Conference session, none carries the explosive capacity of petitions related to human sexuality. Other issues are like a bundle of dynamite in a Road Runner cartoon. They blow up and hurt the people closest to them. Sexuality is like a dirty nuclear bomb. It leaves a wake of destruction and everyone feels the illness ... Read More »

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