I can remember watching The Wizard of Oz with my grandmother when I was young — maybe 5 or 6 years old. She had told me about the movie and assured me that I would enjoy it. As the movie started, I watched in horror as this little girl from Kansas was swept up in a tornado, separated from her family, lost in a strange land, and surrounded by witches and flying monkeys. Needless to say, it would be a long time before I would learn to trust my grandmother’s taste in movies.
The Wizard of Oz is a classic movie that tells the stories of a journey for several different people. This Sunday, we will continue our Reel Faith series when we talk about The Wizard of Oz and how this movie relates to our own journey of faith. Like Dorothy and her friends, we can often find ourselves in strange places and we are asked to follow a path that leads us into the unknown. But when we step out in faithful obedience and follow the path, we will experience an incredible journey. I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday and invite someone to be with you in worship at 8:45 and 11:00!
Grace and peace,
P.S. Please be in prayer for those who are affected by Hurricane Florence this weekend. I am often asked what the church can do during these storms, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is ready and will be some of the first responders. Here are three things you can do that will help: 1) Wait– Relief agencies, including UMCOR, will assess damage in the days and weeks to come. They will then invite people to participate in response; 2) Pray– Pray for the storm to downgrade, protection for those it’s path, and wisdom for the relief effort; and 3) Give– You can give to the relief effort through our local church by designating your gift to Fund #9431 or Hurricane Florence Relief. All monies received will be sent to the North Georgia Conference Disaster Relief Ministry to be used as part of the relief efforts. I will keep you posted as we know more.