All Members, Winter Residents, Family and Friends, 

          I sincerely pray that the our family, friends and acquaintances in North Carolina, South Carolina, and North East Georgia will be protected as Florence takes aim and stalls and just dumps inches and inches of flood waters.  We have lived through many storms and hurricanes and we know the fears, the inconveniences and frustrations that come with such storms.  As someone said on Facebook and I repost; “Waiting for a hurricance is like being stalked by a turtle.”  It takes so long in coming that the waiting is as bad as the storm itself.  Expect on Sunday that we will be asking for help for those in harms way just like so many have helped so many here in Florida over the years.  We can never underestimate the power and devastation of powerful storms.  

          This week has been a busy week.  

Monday evening we had a church council meeting.  

Tuesday morning I did the invocation for a brief but nice “9-11 Patriots Day” celebration at the American Legion.  It was nicely attended and many of our first reponders as well as many veterans and their families were present.  

Wednesday at lunch I was a “Table Captain” for the annual “Blessing of the Businesses” for Sebring.  As a H.C.S.O. Chaplain I was asked to be a captain and had some friends at the table with me.  The keynote speaker was Superintendent of School Dr. Brenda Longshore!  Great job!  

Today I had the Heartland Circuit here for a meeting.  We were light in numbers as Rev. Arias is sick in bed with the flu; Rev. Hirst is on vacation in Germany; Rev. Ramos could not attend as he was working in Miami.  We discussed issues facing our Circuit and District.  Rev. Maulella told us that they are now serving 70 families each week with their food bank.  If you remember we adopted them at a mission for a quarter earlier in the year.  Rev. McLean said that their new Sanctuary Chairs look great and thanked Trinity for loaning them chairs for us these past two years. We also talked about some of the issues discussed at the Circuit Visitor’s Meeing last week.  We discussed the “Districts 70th Anniversary Financial Appeal” that will be coming from the District Office to each family.  They will be asking each family to donate $70.00 to help with starting new ministry opportunities.  Not necessarily new churches, but ministry opportunities.  We also discussed the long term viability of the Heartland Circuit continuing in the years to come. 

                   Well this weeks sermon and outline is attached for this Sunday.  

                   Our Bible Study/Discussion hour begins at 8:30AM.  We are still discussing Session #5.  We will be looking at the questions this week.  

Worship begins at 10:00AM with Holy Communion.  We will be have both “Common Cup and Individual Cup” split rail communion distribution.