Billy and I spent last week with my mother, following her chemotherapy session. We were blessed with great weather and Billy and I were able to be on the beach each day. When I am at the ocean, I always feel close to God. I hear God in the crashing waves and feel the vastness of God in the endless horizon. The slightest mist from the foaming waves reminds me of the Spirit's touch. When we returned to Floyd, something seemed different. Not the temperature, of course; with highs in the 90's it still feels like summer. But things are changing: the grass isn't growing as fast, the flowers are beginning to fade, the high school band practicing up the hill from our house promises the chill of Friday evening football games. God is in these changes, in the brilliant colors of fall leaves, in the first frost and the dormancy it brings to some living things, in the stark beauty of the first snowfall and in the promise of spring to come. We are so fortunate to live in the beauty of what God has created. I think the hymn writer says it better than I can: "This is my Father's world, and to my list'ning ears, all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father's world; I rest in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought."
Thank you to Bill Gardner, David Harman and Vickie Sowers for leading worship last Sunday!Oak Grove Pavilion invites you to a benefit for Christmas for Children and Silver Bells, this Saturday, September 12, at 5:30 pm. The evening includes a delicious chili supper and great music by The Wildmans. Tickets are $10 for adults ($15 at the door) and $5 for children; children under five are free. You can reserve tickets by emailing email@example.com or calling 745-2096. Christmas for Children and Silver Bells provide Christmas gifts for children and seniors in our community.
Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley is planning a blitz build to frame a new house on Newtown Road in Floyd. The build will be October 29-31; you can register to work at the site by going to http://volunteerup.com/Login.asp?w=i&o=304. The ground breaking for the home is Tuesday, September 15, at 4:00 pm at the home site at 227 Newtown Road. RSVP to tecarter@HabitatNRV.org or call 540-381-1144. Parking is available at the Floyd County School Board office, 140 Harris Hart Rd just off Newtown Rd. Thank you to Jack Wall and Kamala Bauers for providing the land for the home!
Please keep in prayer today:
*Tom King's son, Steven, who is having surgery today in Washington State.
*Bonnie Outten, who is having surgery today in Roanoke.
*Doris McGee, who is recovering from a broken wrist.
"The living, the living—they praise you,
as I am doing today;
parents tell their children
about your faithfulness." - Isaiah 38:10-20
Yours in Christ,