Dearest Faith Community Near and Far-Happy Friday! 

First, if you need anything to help with recovery from the Hurricane, please let me know. Just call, text, or email. Call me at 941-525-6671. Also, please continue to pray deeply for our community at large. The pictures do not communicate the depth of the pain, trauma, and damage. 

Second, my heart continues to overflow with such a deep gratitude for our food pantry volunteers, our members, our staff, and our friends…and our wider community. We are grateful for the volunteers from the various churches in our Presbytery as well as our community. Thank you to the Charlotte Community Foundation for Volunteer Connect and sending us more volunteers!

Third, we will continue to post resources on our Facebook page, as well as images of the work being done and how we are continuing the serve our community. Please share the exciting things happening with your friends. 

Fourth, we are beginning to get to work with the sanctuary. Long road ahead, but it is beginning! Demo will be scheduled this week. Because this will be a long road, we are looking into renting a tent for the memorial garden to help keep us in the shade. 

Fifth, for worship, we will continue to have “Breakfast Church” on Sunday mornings. What will breakfast church look like? I’m so glad you asked! We will gather in the garden around tables to eat breakfast. With this meal, we will enjoy fellowship, prayer, a scripture lesson, and being in community together. We are going to embody breaking bread together and being the body of Christ in a different way. We will gather at 9:30 and this Sunday, please bring a dish to share with one another. We will be postponing Sacred Space until November 13 (sorry for the date change) and worship online until November 13. We are in the process of trying to figure out what online services will look like and are working with the wonderful folks at Creative Sound to figure that out. Please be patient with us as we work on these issues. Again, sorry for the date postponement for Sacred Space and going “online.

Sixth, thank you for the way you are giving of your time and your financial gifts.  Click HERE if you would like to contribute to disaster relief and please share this link with your friends and family. You can also continue to give to the general fund, food pantry, and community garden. Thank you for supporting our faith community and for everything you do to help us live into our mission to feed people physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally in our community. You are helping us truly be the hands and feet of Christ in our community 

If you have any questions or wonderings or concerns, please let me know. Call, text, or email. Blessings to you all!

Much love, 
Pastor Devon

Worship with Wintergarden
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Sacred Space is POSTPONED
until November 13, 2022 @ 8:30am

We will resume in the garden by the fountain
and the service will be in-person and online
Casual Breakfast Church @ 9:30am
In the Garden
Please bring a breakfast dish to share with one another. 
Online Worship is Postponed
until Sunday, November 13 at 9:30am



We will gather in the garden, around tables, and eat breakfast. With this meal, we will enjoy fellowship, prayer, a scripture lesson, and being in community together. Join us for this sweet time of scripture, prayer, and fellowship.

Meet us outside in the garden.

Every Monday Lectio Divina
Every Wednesday Food delivery
Every Thursday Food Pantry, 12-4pm
Wednesday, Nov 2 @ 9 am – Gather to Move Building Contents to Storage
Saturday, Nov 12 @ 8am-12pm –  Church Work Day
We’ll gather on November 2 @ 9am to move items from the building to the storage unit in preparation for building restoration to begin.
“Many hands make the work light.”
CHURCH WORK DAYWe’ll be working on putting the sensory garden and community garden areas back together. Want to make the area safe for our Lettuce Learn homeschool group and for being able to worship by the fountain. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Bone Builders resumes this Tuesday, November 1 at 10am. ! We want to let the dust settle a little and then we can start working on maintaining and building our health!
See you in November on Tuesday and Fridays at 10am.

Lectio Divina for Monday, October 31, 2022All are welcome to join us as we continue to engage in the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina together as a community. 

Our Scripture Lesson is Matthew 14:13-21.

We will gather via zoom for an intentional time of listening, reflecting, responding, and resting in the Word of God. We will meet on Mondays from 8-9 am. 

Here are some details about Lectio Divina. 

Lectio Divina, literally meaning “divine reading,” is an ancient practice of praying the Scriptures. During Lectio Divina, the person listens to the text of the Bible with the “ear of the heart,” as if he or she is in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion.

There are four movements for Lectio Divina: 
1. Lectio: (Listening to the Word of God or Reading God’s Word)
2. Meditatio: (Reflecting on the Word of God)
3. Oratio: (Responding to the Word of God)
4. Contemplatio: (Resting in the Word of God)

Here is the Zoom Link: 
Join Zoom Meeting: Click HERE 

Meeting ID: 878 3208 0869
Passcode: 396015
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