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A Message from Pastor John

The Apostle Paul writes: “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2

I had originally planned to talk to you all about something else for the October newsletter, but I decided to share this with you instead. On Tuesday evening (Sept.18th) around 7PM our time here in Texas, I received a phone call from my sister who lives near NewBern, North Carolina. She resides is a small community called Butler Creek (about 8 to 10 miles outside of the city of NewBern). I had not heard from my sister during the storm (Hurricane Florence), because just a few days before the storm was supposed to hit North Carolina, I had called my sister, and she told me, “If this storm hits, I plan to get out of here and take my daughter, and go stay with some friends up in the mountains of Virginia, on the north side of Raleigh/Durham.”

So as we talked, she said that when she returned home there was no power to her home, and that there was some flooding, but not much. She was lucky. She said that the city of NewBern (about twice the size of Brenham) had sustained probably the worst damage from the storm, even worse than Wilmington, because the storm basically hovered over the city of NewBern for several days, dropping tons of water and pushing that water through the city with very high winds. My sister told me that she was able to get into the city, and she said that the damage to homes and property was horrific. She also said that there were a number of deaths. Some were the elderly who could not get out of their homes, or did not have the means to get out, and some drowned trying to escape the rising waters from the Trent and Neuse Rivers.

This horrific storm reminds us of when Hurricane Harvey struck here in Texas not too long ago. We all remember seeing the devastation, whether up close and personal, or watching it on the TV and/or the internet. Right now the NALC, along with other agencies, are working to provide disaster relief for the folks in eastern North Carolina, especially NewBern and Wilmington, as well as the eastern part of South Carolina. As your pastor, I would ask that we, as a church, help to bear their burden by keeping the people of NewBern and Wilmington, as well as the people who reside in north -eastern South Carolina (the Myrtle Beach area), in our prayers. I would also ask that we, as a church, continue to pray for those who lost loved ones, those who may not be able to go back to their homes due to the damage of the storm, as well as those who are working diligently to bring relief and to help those who are less fortunate to return to their homes. Let us also keep in mind and pray for those volunteering their time, their efforts, and their resources to help our fellow citizens in need, by bringing aid and comfort.

 In His Service, Pastor John



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