Grace and peace to you from The Lord Jesus Christ! Our hearts are heavy once again at the news of another shooting in our nation. This time at the Navy Yards in the Washington, DC area. The flags are flying at half mast and so are our hearts as we grieve the death of the hard-working people who perished. Please pray for the families and the workers there but also pray for the family of the perpetrator. Pray for the day when people who have troubled hearts can get the help they need before things like this happens. Reach out to people who you perceive need help.
In addition our nation watches with horror as the people in Colorado have been devastated by flood waters. We remember that from previous hurricanes and people helped us. May we take special offerings in our churches for flood relief efforts. One hundred percent of our gifts to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) goes to help the cause.* Monies collected can be sent to our conference office.
The conference cabinets, lay leaders, staff, and I call all of you to prayer and action.
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson
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