All Members, Winter Residents, Family and Friends,

          Greetings on this Thursday afternoon!  Well both Susan and I tried to find bottle water this morning and this afternoon and there does not seem to be any to be purchased.  Lines are snaking through the gasoline stations waiting for their turn to fill their cans and cars.  Yes it is Hurricane time here in the state of Florida.  All the media is telling us this could be the big one, but they really do not know where this Dorian is going to make landfall.  We may be south of the path, we could be north of the path, we could be west of the path, or it could go right over us.  The experts are now saying that this could make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane which would not be good.  But we just do not know right now.  So I cannot tell you what it is going to do. 

          I can tell you the following…

  1. Church is still planned for Sunday morning.  Sunday morning should still be good around here as they are tracking it to move further south, nearer to us sometime on Monday afternoon.  So Sunday should still be good. 
  2. CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS!  NOW IS THE TIME TO CHECK IN AND BE PREPARED! 
  3. The board of Elders should be contacting their cares that they know have physical limitations to make sure they are safe and secure.  If you live in a mobile home and you are told to get out, GET OUT call someone who lives in a Concrete Block Home or head to a shelter. 
  4. There is going to be a clean up and secure opportunity here at Church at 8:30AM Saturday morning.  By Saturday morning we should have a better idea as to what to do.  There is a possibility we will be putting up the shutters if we can get to them.  So don’t be surprised if you come to church Sunday morning and see up on the windows. 
  5. If by Sunday afternoon you determine you need to get out and go someone else go then.  Don’t wait for the storm to get so bad you can’t go.  You then become a liability on the road and place yourself and your loved ones in danger.  So better to be safe than sorry!!!
  6. If you do go to a shelter or leave home make sure you take identity with you, all you important documents, medications, clothing, personal items, snacks, drinks, flashlights, whatever you may think you will need. 
  7. Depending on the severity of the storm and the ability to move around the county we plan to be present at the church Tuesday.  At that time we will be (if the need is presented) assisting 1st Presbyterian with distribution of food and the preparation and distribution of food IF NEEDED.  They have the resources and the facilities.  This is what we did during Irma and this is what I am planning as of this hour.  We need to pool our resources during times of disasters.  If we determine that the need is going to be there among our members we may try to do some delivered meals to those who need it.  We simply do not have the manpower to duplicate what others are doing.  We need to come alongside each other. 
  8. Please, Please, Please remember that EMERGENCY SERVICES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COME TO YOU AT THE PEAK OF THE STORM OR PERHAPS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING.  THEY ARE SIMPLY NOT ALLOWED ON THE ROAD BECAUSE IT IS NOT SAFE.
  9. Please exercise caution.  If after the storm has past and you have damage to you home, car, trees, power lines, whatever please be careful.  Stay away from downed power lines,  Stay in your house as long as you can until help finds you. 
  10. When you get the ability please let the church office 863-465-5253 know that you are safe.  We will try to do our best but we have limited resources and abilities. 

Our Trinity Monthly Tidings is attached along with my Sermon for Sunday.  It is the 4th and final in the series “Dangerous Prayers”. 

Be Safe! Be Smart! Be Aware! Be Positive! Be Supportive to others who need help at such times. 

In Christ,

Pastor Norris

863-441-4168