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A World Without Color

Have you ever had a conversation with someone about which of your five senses would be the most difficult to lose? I know many who say that the sense of sound—conversations, music, alarms—would be difficult for them to lose, but for me it would definitely be the sense of vision. Scientifically speaking, eyes have cones, which are what help us identify different colors. Humans have three cones usually. Those who are colorblind have only two cones and cannot see all the colors most of us can see. But did you ... Read More »

Spending Ourselves

For the past two years, I have volunteered at the Floris Guest House with many other members of my church family. The Floris Guest House is special to me personally because it is an overlap of two important parts of my life. The guests we serve at the Floris Guest House during the evening hours are often the same guests we serve at The Lamb Center during the day. The Lamb Center, where I have been volunteering since 2008, is a local day shelter for homeless and poor individuals located ... Read More »

Why Guest House?

Recently I shared how one of our ministries, the Floris Guest House, came to be. Earlier this year we finished our third Guest House, where we hosted 40 or so individuals at our church for a week as a part of a greater ecumenical coalition (group of churches) that hosts the homeless from December to the end of March in partnership with FACETS, a local social service agency. This year, 239 volunteers gave over 1,400 hours to serve our neighbors. In addition to a warm place to sleep, volunteers provided ... Read More »

The Story of the Guest House

The Floris Guest House is a week-long hypothermia shelter held at Floris UMC in partnership with other faith communities and social service agencies. Considering we just finished our third year of the Guest House, I thought it would be nice to share how the program started. From January 24-31, we hosted approximately 40 guests with the help of 239 volunteers and 1,400 hours of service. I worked with a team of 20 people to plan this year’s program. While we took a lot of time to plan a great week, ... Read More »

A Discussion on Race

Admission is the first step. This is what you will read in any self-help book. Diagnose the problem, and bingo, you have the solution. How is it that, while easy and true, it is so hard to do? The current sermon series at our church is entitled “Race Matters.” Yes, we are having that discussion. We are quite diverse as far as churches go so part of me wonders why we even need the conversation. Well if admission is the first step than I admit discussions about race, white privilege, ... Read More »

All One Family

Last November I was in the Istanbul Ataturk Airport with a group of travelers on our way to Izmir, Turkey. We had been flying all night and were hurrying through the airport to catch our next flight. I was tired, hungry and slightly anxious about making the connection. Due to a number of factors we had a very small window to make our way through security, the visa checkpoint and the maze of the Istanbul airport. One of our group members required a wheelchair, and I attached myself to her ... Read More »

Isaac’s Story

On Columbus Day weekend of 2015, a team of 14 people from Floris United Methodist Church headed to Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, N.Y. to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The following post was submitted by one of the members of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Team. Most of our team is engaged in various small projects renovating a basement previously used as a place of business. The owner is an elderly man of the Jewish faith named Isaac. He and his wife live in the residence above the ... Read More »

Letting Go of My Plan

As one of the two Serve Ministries interns this year, I have learned a lot in a very short period of time. We are almost done with Camp Hutchison Discovery and I have learned more about flexibility, teamwork, and patience than ever before. Though they may have been a challenge, these past few weeks have been such a joy in my life. In the midst of the chaos of 100 kids and around 30 volunteers, learning and growth are apparent everywhere. I have had the opportunity to witness children that didn’t know their last ... Read More »

The Students at Camp Hutchison

The thing that I learned first about Hutchison students is that they’re a lot more than just children. They have some almost inexplicable form of hope; a drive to be more than their circumstances. We saw this characteristic every day at Camp Hutchison. In class, you can see their eyes widen in awe while watching a rocket launching. They shout the countdown in unison, never quite matching it perfectly to the rocket launch, but trying every time nonetheless. During arts and crafts activities, they become involved in every aspect of ... Read More »

Being Reckless

Editor’s Note: This week some of the high school students from Floris UMC are in Costa Rica serving on a mission trip. This post was submitted by one of the students on the trip.  Submitted by Jacquie Horvath This is my third Costa Rica mission trip so I’m pretty familiar with the area and most of the people here. This year we had a theme for our week, Reckless, and the positive ways to be reckless. Throughout the week, I looked for people who were being reckless in showing God’s love. ... Read More »

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