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Dear Graduates,

Dear Graduates, It is so refreshing to see your newly decorated caps and gowns, photos on the quad and smiling announcements on social media. Whether from high school, college or graduate school, graduation often symbolizes new beginnings and bright futures. However, I also remember a fair share of anxiety around these milestone moments. As we prepare to honor our graduating seniors at Floris United Methodist Church Sunday, June 4, I want to take a minute to address some of the stress and anxiety that so many experience. Our culture tends ... Read More »

What Even is a Fellows Program Anyway?

I don’t like to admit it, but it’s true. I don’t always enjoy explaining what I do. Don’t get me wrong, I love working with Wesley Fellows at Floris United Methodist Church. The main reason I don’t like explaining what I do is the same reason I’m so excited to serve in this capacity: fellows programs fill a major gap in the church-at-large’s ministry. People assume churches don’t have ministries geared toward young women and men soon after they finish college. They assume this not because they’re ignorant, but because it’s ... Read More »

Surrounded by Other Believers

Editor’s Note: This week 24 high school students and five leaders traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania to repair and transform homes and to strengthen and transform their own faith. The following is a blog post from one of the students, Nick Carper. This whole week has opened my eyes to some new things. The first thing that surprised me was our resident, Helga. We are serving veterans this week, and Helga’s husband served in our military. My crew is working on Helga’s house, painting her living room, kitchen, staircase and mudroom. Before ... Read More »

Becoming Less

[Editor’s Note: This week, several high school students from Floris UMC are in Memphis, TN with an organization called Service Over Self (SOS). While in Memphis, they will be doing inner city mission work such as working on homes, serving at soup kitchens and helping out at food banks. This week we are sharing some of the stories from students participating in this trip.] Today I was woken up at 6:30 by the song Sweet Home Alabama being blasted through the halls. After a breakfast of sausage, potatoes and peppers, ... Read More »

Confessions From a Former Bully

My son starts first grade this week; he is excited. He has about 1,000 friends, and I’m not a very good social coordinator so school is really his best chance to socialize and be with everyone. Much to the dismay of his teachers, no matter who you put my son next to in class, he will find a way to strike up a conversation with this person. He loves to talk, and he loves people, so everyone is his friend. Everyone has a chance with him. I love this about ... Read More »

Camp Hutchison: A Game Changer

Camp Hutchison is a game changer. As Jake McGlothin, Floris UMC’s director of serve ministries, has taught us this summer, game changers are the moments in our lives that radically shift our perspectives and the way we live. Camp Hutchison changes the hearts and lives of every person involved; students, volunteers, interns and planning team. It is a local mission experience. The program requires upwards of 100+ volunteers to run smoothly, months of meticulous planning, a partnership with Hutchison Elementary School and total reliance on the Hutchison office, janitorial, and ... Read More »

Week Two of Jeremiah Project Has Begun

Students and leaders from Floris arrived at Jeremiah Project mid-afternoon on Sunday and enjoyed time to get to know one another and participants from other churches. In the evening, through games and fun activities, students received their work group assignments, came up with team names, and shared in worship together. All are looking forward to being part of hard-working teams that will complete various projects begun by other teams this summer. Thank you for your prayers for students to encounter God in new ways through their worship, service and living ... Read More »

Philadelphia Mission Trip Day Four

We started off the day today by going to Harold O. Davis summer camp to help with the kids. It was very fun because we actually took them to the local pool. After that we went to the West Philadelphia branch of the Salvation Army. It was almost 100 degrees today so luckily they let us stay inside. We helped to organize a food pantry and bag rice for distribution. We also visited the West Philadelphia high school and I have to say, it impacted me. It is an inner ... Read More »

Philadelphia Mission Trip Day Two

Today we started the day off by doing a devotional about relationships and interactions with other people. As usual our group slept in the van on the way to our first site, so we had no idea how long we were driving and where we were going. We put our lives into the hands of our fearless leader Steve; he always takes charge and gets the job done. When we got out of the van we were each handed a dollar and tasked with feeding ourselves and also feed some ... Read More »

Philadelphia Mission Trip Day One

What a busy day. Today, my group and I had almost the full Philly experience, at least according to our guide. We started out helping at a summer camp for underprivileged kids. We were told to make friends with the kids because we are going to be working with them almost every day this week. The kids were excited to see us and we were quickly able to break the ice between us and the kids. After we played with them for about half an hour, we went on a ... Read More »

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