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Hurricane Sandy Mission Team Day 3–A Long and Productive Day

Editor’s Note:  As the mission team in New Jersey continues serving, we continue to be blessed from their blog updates.  If you have missed their first few posts, read them here. Submitted by Ilene Hafker Saturday, March 23, 2013: We had a tasty breakfast at Lacey UMC prepared again by Eric and many other hands, including some from our group.  Mike from Lacey UMC joined us today for work.  We jumped right back into subflooring and sheetrock when we arrived.  Raising the floor was completed today, and the sheetrock around the ... Read More »

Hurricane Sandy Mission Team Day 2–Getting to Work

Editor’s Note:  A team of Floris Missioners are currently in New Jersey. As we receive blog updates about their trip, we will post them. You can read previous posts here. Submitted by  Ilene Hafker Friday, March 22, 2013: We departed from Grove Hall at 7:15 AM, headed toward the work site and stopped at Wawa for COFFEE and breakfast.  We soon arrived at the house and met Denise, the homeowner’s daughter, and Steve from PortLight, the organization arranging the projects.  We did a walkthrough with them to get an idea of exactly what ... Read More »

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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