“My cup runs over…” — Psalm 23
As the worship service began at Oak Grove United Methodist Church earlier this summer, an image was projected and an invitation was given. The image was a picture of Salem United Methodist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Only the church sign and roof of the church was visible above the flood water. The invitation was simple:
We have identified a church in the Midwest that will need our help in cleaning out and rebuilding. You are invited to respond in the special offering and to participate in a long-term partnership of recovery with Salem UMC.
I was present to preach. However, a powerful sermon preceded any attempt of my own. We have been blessed to be a blessing.
Knowing the power of connecting friends across the country and the world, we reach out to those in great need in the flooded and wind-ravaged communities of the Midwest.
Offerings may be sent to the conference office, marked UMCOR - Midwest Flooding. One hundred percent of your gift will go to rebuild the lives of others who are suffering.