Hurricane Ian Update

10/8/22

10/4/22

A team will be leaving for Fort Myers on Thursday, 10/6/22 to assist First Assembly in FM to assist with Hurricane Ian relief. They will be bringing a trailer full of helpful items for victims in the area. Please consider dropping off a donation to the church today or tomorrow.

Items needed:

Towels, sheets, air mattresses, pillows, personal hygiene supplies of toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, wipes, non-perishable food, water, Gatorade, cleaning supplies, trash bags, first aid supplies, batteries, flashlights, battery and cell phone chargers, portable fans, blue tarps, paper towels and toilet paper.

10/2/22

To financially give toward relief efforts, you the Church Center App (select Hurricane Ian Relief) or text HURRICANEIAN to 84321

If you would like to lend assistance to the community, click HERE.

9/26/22

Dear Grace Family,

You are on my heart and mind today. This morning, we gathered with the pastoral team to pray over our community, and specifically our congregation as we watch this hurricane on its approach towards our state. 

The beautiful thing about living in Florida is the sunshine and outdoor weather that we get to experience most of the year. The trade-off is that routinely we have to keep our eye out for major storms. As Floridians, we don’t freak out or get fearful, we have faith.  At the same time we aren’t foolish.  We prepare for the storm and pray for peace.

I wanted to update you as early as possible about our plans as a church to respond to Hurricane Ian.

First, our campus will be closed from Tuesday at noon through Friday. This means all on-campus activities including the Tuesday intercessory prayer, classes and Grace groups from Tuesday evening through Friday are also cancelled.

Second, we are preparing in advance. Should our area experience a significant impact we want to be available to respond afterwards. If you are willing to volunteer your time and energy to assist in any of our response teams, you’ll find a link on this message to volunteer. The type of teams that we would assemble would be food distribution, site teams to clear debris and tarp roofs, and prayer teams.

If you find yourself in need of non-emergency assistance, we’ve also provided a way for you to contact the church with a request. If it is an emergency, your first contact should be to call 911. And as soon as possible let us know so that we can help in any way.

We want you to be safe. If the current forecast holds, we will have two days of heavy rains and winds. Make sure that you are prepared.  I have attached the Hernando County Disaster Preparedness Plan to this as well. You’ll find helpful information to make sure that your emergency supplies and home are adequately prepared for the storm.

Lastly, look out for one another.  We get through these things together. Reach out to your friends, neighbors and fellow church members. Check on them and make sure that they’re safe. If we all work together, we’ll see each other on the other side of the storm with a few stories to share of God’s miraculous hand.

We will gather on Sunday – even if the electricity is out, I promise there is still power in His house!

The name Ian means, “God is gracious and merciful.” I know sometimes when you see the storms of life come your way it’s often hard to see the grace and mercy in the midst of the storm. But remember our Savior slept in the midst of a violent storm while the disciples worried. They didn’t understand how He could have such peace in the midst of that storm. It’s because He knew that God’s grace was sufficient, and that it’s a true strength. My prayer is that the storm will dissipate in the gulf and cause no harm to our community. Regardless what takes place, I’m going to find His grace and mercy, knowing that on the other side we will see His goodness.

I’m praying for you and our team is here for you. We are truly better together. 

Love you,

Pastor Daniel

Helpful Resources

Hernando County Florida

Hurricane Preparation Checklist

If you are in need of non-emergency, non-medical assistance, click HERE.

To financially give toward relief efforts, you the Church Center App (select Hurricane Ian Relief) or text HURRICANEIAN to 84321

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