Anticipating Hurricane Irma, let our churches be present and in mission

Sisters and Brothers in the Florida Conference,

Grace to you and peace in the name of Jesus Christ!

The Florida Conference has strong teams and clear processes in place as we anticipate the coming of Hurricane Irma. A call center will be functional and superintendents have plans of action for their districts.

We urge pastors to communicate more, not less, about how the local church is present and in mission during these days. Some will open their homes to colleagues and friends. Some are in the process of evacuation. Let us err on the side of patience and generosity with each other.

In Romans 12, Paul writes, "Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers" (11-13).

While there is much that we do not yet know about the effects of Hurricane Irma over the next few days, we can be safe, stay connected, and remain prayerful. God is with us.

Ken Carter
Bishop, Florida Conference
The United Methodist Church
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