Hurricane Dorian Updates

9/6/19- Bishop Carter Video
 
9/3/19 – We ask for continued prayers for our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas. At this time we recommend financial donations be made to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).
 
Message from Florida Conference Bishop Carter: 
We encourage our people to receive an offering for UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, in the midst of Hurricane Dorian and its aftermath. The Florida Conference has been the beneficiary of gifts as we have recovered from storms, and we encourage generous and sacrificial giving in the days ahead. We will communicate with you and stay in touch in the days ahead. We trust that God will supply all of our needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4. 19) www.flumc.org 
 
Message from Rev. Stubbs  (Our sister church St. Michael’s,Nassau):

Many thanks for the prayers.  Nassau is experiencing constant rain and extensive flooding in our southern and eastern neighborhoods.  Sadly there has been devastation on the islands of Abaco and Freeport, Grand Bahama.  Dorian is a Category 5 hurricane and is moving at 2 miles per hour over Grand Bahama.  There has been loss of life in Abaco and hundreds have had their homes literally swept away. For those who would like to add material assistance to their prayerful support, Bahamas Methodist Habitat: methodisthabitat.org (BMH has an American tax exempt number/status) is the agency facilitating the hurricane relief effort. Blessings Peace, Pastor Stubbs

 

8/30/19 – Dear Peace Family:

This has been quite a week as we have monitored the progress of Hurricane Dorian. We pray that you have made plans for safety during the next several days as the storm approaches. We will be having regular worship services this Sunday, September 1st (8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.).
 
After prayer and consultation with church leaders, we decided that the best course of action would be to cancel all church activities scheduled to take place Sunday afternoon and evening.  We will begin the process of securing our building and property at 12:30 p.m., immediately following our 11:00 a.m. service.  We invite anyone who is willing to help with this process to join us at that time.  We will have all the materials needed and will appreciate any hands willing to assist. The church office will be closed on Monday (Labor Day) and Tuesday, and will not reopen until after Hurricane Dorian has passed and we have confirmation that it is safe to be on the roads again.
 

In times such as these, it is easy to become overwhelmed with concern and fears of uncertainty associated with the nature of such an unpredictable storm.  The Psalmist writes in Psalm 46: Be still and know that I am God.  We can find encouragement in these words.  Be still does not mean “do nothing.”  Be still means stand firm in the promise of blessed assurance.  “Know” has a much different tone than “consider”, “remember”, or “think about”; there is certainty in the action of “knowing.”  And finally…”I am God.”  Let us stand firm in our confidence that we are in the care of the Lord, no matter what lies ahead. So let’s take time in these next few days, as we finish our preparations to remember who it is that gives us peace in the midst of the storm.  Let’s be those who extend that peace to others.

  • Check in on your neighbors to see if they need help with anything.
  • Smile at those working long hours in the stores that are providing the items you are purchasing in preparation.
  • If you are with your family, enjoy the focused time of being together.
  • If you are alone, find ways to be in connection with others.
  • Pray for our community and our state.
  • Pray for those in the islands of the Caribbean, and especially our brothers and sisters in Nassau.
Let’s care for one another well during this next week as we share the peace we have found in Christ. This includes caring for our Peace family and surrounding community. Know that you’ll all be in our prayers in the coming days! God is with us, especially in the storms of life.
 
May you find peace, even in the storm!
Pastor Jim
 
Important Phone Numbers & Websites: 
Peace Emergency Pastoral Care – 407-438-8947 Ext. 1
Fire/Sheriff (Emergency) – 911 – Sheriff (Non-Emergency) – 407-836-4357
Duke Energy (Electricity) – 407-629-1010 – Water Authority (Orange County Utilities) – 407-836-5515
National Hurricane Center – www.nhc.noaa.gov
American Red Cross Orange County – 407-894-4141
Orange County Public Schools Website – Peace Preschool Follows the OCPS Closure schedule