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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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As South Florida has not been terribly affected by Hurricane Dorian, we now focus our efforts of relief to help our neighbors in the Bahamas. We continue to observe updates put out by the National Hurricane Center and have made the following decisions regarding regularly scheduled church and school activities for the next few days:
CHURCH SERVICES, OFFICES, AND SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:
Church offices will be OPEN normal hours on Wednesday and midweek services will happen as regularly scheduled.
CCA and CCA Hollywood school will resume Wednesday with regularly scheduled classes. Most activities will also continue as scheduled however any athletic contests are suspended. Practices resume tomorrow and coaches will post in TeamReach.
For ongoing CCA specific updates, visit CCAEagles.org/Hurricane.
BAHAMAS RELIEF EFFORTS:
We are in communication with our missionaries and our partner Samaritans Purse and have identified our next steps for financial support which will provide much needed urgent relief. This includes emergency shelter materials, household and community water filtration systems, and the distribution of donations. More details will be shared as they become available.
FINANCIAL DONATIONS: if you would like to give towards our relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Dorian, go to CalvaryFTL.org/Give and select “Relief and Restoration” in the fund designation dropdown.
Please check this webpage as well as our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram for the most up-to-date information on changes to church and school activities.
If you’ve lived in South Florida for any number of years, you likely know that, along with the fun in the sun, days spent on the beach or by the pool, and backyard BBQs, the summer months come with the constant looming threat of hurricanes and tropical storms.
According to the National Hurricane Center, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1–November 30. Having been victim to such storms as Andrew, Katrina, Wilma, Matthew, and Irma over the past 30 years, we’ve seen firsthand that it only takes one storm to change your life and community. The dangers of tropical weather systems are well known; among nature’s most powerful and destructive forces.
As members of the South Florida community, we know the importance of being prepared. Even areas well off the coastline can be threatened by dangerous flooding, destructive winds, and powerful tornadoes contained within these storms. Throughout hurricane season, you can check back here for any updates or information whenever the threat of a hurricane strikes.
As your church family, we want to ensure you’re prepared to weather the storm using the National Hurricane Center’s preparedness checklist. And as you prepare yourself and your family, don't forget to check on your neighbors to ensure they're prepared, too! Lend a helping hand to the people on your street, particularly those who would have trouble preparing on their own.
If you are new to the area and unfamiliar with how to board up and protect your home, here is a link with a video that we have found helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jCUrYY3lEk
Opportunities to Serve
During this season, there are many people who will need help in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane. Here at Calvary, our heart is to fulfill Jesus’ command in John 13:34 to love one another as He has loved us and to embody Paul’s words in Romans 12:13 (NIV): “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.” This is a great opportunity for you to love your neighbor and serve others from our church and community. Here are ways you can help:
If you would like to come alongside us in loving our neighbors and helping those in our community secure their homes should the threat of a storm arise, click here to sign up. We'll follow up with you to provide further information.
If you have any questions or need assistance in case of an incoming storm, please call 954-556-4510.