Five things I think about the Zimmerman verdict

I’ve been watching with great interest the happenings surrounding the Zimmerman trial and verdict.

Here’s five things that I think:

  • No one won - A 17 year old is dead, a 29 year old is sentenced to a life of watching his back, one family grieves, both families are forever changed & our nation is more polarized than it was a year ago. Everybody loses in a situation like this.

I’m proud

I’m proud of the response by our church to hurricane Katrina.  As usual, you guys have opened your hearts in incredible ways. Let me just list a few of the ways:

  1. You have given somewhere around $100,000 cash to date
  2. You have given truck loads of supplies
  3. You have volunteered
  4. Three middle school kids (and moms) had a bake sale and raised $1600
  5. A "40 Days of Community" small group had 5 simultaneous car washes that raised $13,000
  6. Tomorrow at 8:00am a convoy leaves Seacoast that will include: 2 semi-trucks full of supplies; 1 semi full of water; 1 dump truck with a $20,000 generator (both donated); 1 semi full of baby formula; 1 reverse osmosis water system; a team of people to unload it on the other end and do recon for our next step
  7. Children are making banners to put on the sides of the trailers and bringing donations for next weekend

The next supply drive will be next weekend during the services or you can drop donations off during the week at the Long Point Road "Katrina Tent".  Watch the web-site for more info.

I am proud to be your pastor!

I'm proud

I’m proud of the response by our church to hurricane Katrina.  As usual, you guys have opened your hearts in incredible ways. Let me just list a few of the ways:

  1. You have given somewhere around $100,000 cash to date
  2. You have given truck loads of supplies
  3. You have volunteered
  4. Three middle school kids (and moms) had a bake sale and raised $1600
  5. A "40 Days of Community" small group had 5 simultaneous car washes that raised $13,000
  6. Tomorrow at 8:00am a convoy leaves Seacoast that will include: 2 semi-trucks full of supplies; 1 semi full of water; 1 dump truck with a $20,000 generator (both donated); 1 semi full of baby formula; 1 reverse osmosis water system; a team of people to unload it on the other end and do recon for our next step
  7. Children are making banners to put on the sides of the trailers and bringing donations for next weekend

The next supply drive will be next weekend during the services or you can drop donations off during the week at the Long Point Road "Katrina Tent".  Watch the web-site for more info.

I am proud to be your pastor!

Katrina 2

A quick update on what is happening from our end:

  1. We have appointed Jason Surratt as our church coordinator for the hurricane projects.  His email is jasonsur@seacoast.org if you need to contact him.
  2. Read the comments sections on the hurricane updates of this blog…Seacoasters are on the scene and others are organizing various projects that you may be able to help.
  3. We will be receiving money donations this weekend as a part of our regular offerings.  Some of it will be sent directly into front lines and part of it will be held for restoration projects as time moves on.
  4. As some of you may know, we have a church planting arm of our ministry called the ARC (Association of Related Churches)…Billy Hornsby heads that up…one of our sister churches in the ARC is Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, pastored by Dino Rizzo…for a Healing Place update click here.  They are coordinating with FEMA and Red Cross.  We have released $10,000 from Seacoast and another $10,000 from the ARC immediately to Healing Place and will be awaiting marching orders for further involvement…stay tuned
  5. The following is an update from someone on the ground in Baton Rouge:

"Healing Place Church is the hub for the Red Cross disaster relief. The church grounds are teeming with volunteers and refugees, and truckloads of blankets/cots/mattresses, etc., it’s an amazing sight.

Baton Rouge traffic is beyond words. With the influx of people and a lot of the traffic lights not working it’s like driving in evacuation traffic from a crawl to standing still.

I heard on the radio yesterday that every single local church is doing something tangible to help. What a wonderful witness of the compassion of Jesus during this trying time!"

Katrina

I know that we all are horrified as we see images of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  Many have asked what are we doing as a church to respond.  Let me outline where we are and how we can respond:

  1. We can all pray.  Consider fasting a meal and spend the time praying for those needing rescued and for strength for those directly involved in the rescue process.
  2. We probably can’t go…at least not now.  Because of the physical limitations involved in getting to the areas that are in need, it is not practical to expect to be on sight immediately.
  3. We are depending on local churches to assess the needs.  We have relationships with several churches in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans area and will be working through them as they get a handle on how we can help.
  4. We can give to reputable organizations.  We are suggesting channeling donations through organizations like the Red Cross rather than giving directly to Seacoast right now.  They are geared up for rapid response.
  5. We can expect God to work for good.  Even in tragic situations like this, we know that God promises to work behind the scenes for our good.  Let’s begin to watch and pray that we will be able to see Him at work.

If you have ideas on practical ways we can make a difference, feel free to respond in the comment section of this blog.

Greg