Thursday I drove to Houston and back. On I-10 and all around Houston, there were signs instructing drivers to fill up their gas tanks because there was a storm brewing in the gulf. We need full tanks to get through the storms that are forming in the gulf, in our world and in our lives. It's the reason I drove to Houston and back.
Every month I drive to Houston to meet with a group of pastors. We share with each other how are souls are faring--how things are going at our churches, in our families and in our spiritual lives. We all need a group of people who can tell us the truth we need to hear and remind us of the grace we are too quick to forget. These men and our time together fills my tank, and that is good because storms are always forming. It is our hope and prayer that everyone at University has a group where they can grow. There is a place and group for children, students and adults. If you haven't already, let us help you find a class or a group that can help keep gas in your spiritual tank.
In fact, that was our plan for this Sunday, August 27! Fall Kick-Off was to be this opportunity to learn more about how to plug in at University. But alas, Hurricane Harvey is coming to town, and so we are postponing Fall Kick-Off activities until September 10. We will still be blessing backpacks and those that wear them in the 11am service.
Hurricane Harvey will make land fall along the Texas coast sometime between you receiving this email and worship on Sunday. I invite you to join me in praying for all those affected by the storm and for those who will respond to the damage caused by the storm. University has had a long standing commitment to aiding our neighbors in times of disaster and crises. As a part of that commitment, the worship center has been set up as a medical shelter in anticipation of needs caused by Hurricane Harvey. Not only does this reflect the call of Christ to love our neighbor, it was part of the vision of this church when it built the north side of campus. This means that all of our Sunday Services will be combined in the Sanctuary at 8:15am, 9:30am and 11am.