Dear CCOV Family,
In less than a month we will be back to regular worship at CCOV! Please know how grateful I am for how you have kept fellowship alive Sunday mornings in my absence. I look forward to being with you all again on Sunday, August 20th when I would like to talk about meditation (listening to God) and hear about any of your meditation practices or experiences. We will even do a brief, guided meditation together.
One other thing I want to be sure you know about is the damage monsoonal flooding has done to the United Methodist Outreach Mission (UMOM). UMOM, which is the largest of homeless shelters for families in the state, has been one of the central mission projects of this church for many years and one that our folks have gotten most excited about. UMOM’s main campus was badly hit by the monsoon on Thursday evening, August 3. Dozens of families and several staff members had to be relocated out of their flooded rooms and offices, and the elevator in the most affected building may need serious repairs. Staff also had damage to their vehicles due to the rising waters. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
While the organization acquired flood insurance in June, damage is so great that UMOM will need to spend tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket. They have reached out to their supporters for donations to help get them back on their feet. Please consider sending them a gift so that UMOM may continue to offer a continuum of shelter as well as opportunities for folks to access education, skills, medical care, and quality child care so that they can go on to lead successful lives. You can donate by clicking here: https://umom.thankyou4caring.org/donate. Michelle is forwarding an email directly from the shelter that will offer more information.
Again, I miss seeing you each week, but that will change soon! Clint and I will be vacationing in Jasper, Alberta August 8-16 seeing parts of the Canadian Rockies. I plan to post some beautiful pictures on Facebook or share them with you on Sunday, August 20. In the meantime, stay cool!