I hinted in last week's Tower that we would use our Sunday morning worship as a time to be still, but that we would also find space to act on our prayers. ACT we did! We transformed an empty communion table by filling it with 50 flood buckets and 50 hygiene kits. These kits will be transported to Church World Service, who will then distribute the buckets and kits to those who are recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes in Texas and Florida. I'm sure many of us have felt the desire to help in some way. Financial contributions are always needed, but even our financial contributions sometimes leave us feeling like we haven't done enough, or we don't know how or if our contributions have had an impact. Assembling buckets and kits with our own hands to be sent directly to people in need, makes an impact on us as well as the people who will receive them.
Equally transformed were the hearts of the people who were assembling these buckets and kits. I watched as people quickly moved to the stations, eager to be part of providing some kind of relief to the devastation they had seen on the PowerPoint playing throughout worship.  Admittedly, I wondered whether I would be able to "hold it together" to do the final blessing, after seeing all of the children, youth & families carry their buckets and kits upstairs, each child beaming with pride. Thanks to the boards of Outreach and Deacons who approved moving forward with this idea. Thanks to the staff who worked diligently to put this together in a short period of time. Thanks to the many hands that worked to transform our own hearts and sanctuary space, so a difference can be made in an individual's or family's recovery efforts!
                                                                                                            ~ Eldonna Hazen

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 11:02 am in Featured Content.

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