Hurricane Harvey and the weekend of 8/27/2017

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We have some CRAZY weather in store for this weekend!  wanted to share a few details of our plans for the weekend at Concordia.

Hurricane Harvey Update As I’m sure you’re aware, Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall around Corpus Christi early tomorrow morning as a Category 3 storm.  Because of the slow-moving nature of this storm, flooding across the Coastal Bend and even in San Antonio is possible and, in many places, expected, along with widespread power outages.  I wanted to share with you some updates on the preparations we are making at Concordia for this weekend.

Safety First First and foremost, I want you to stay safe!  Do not risk trying to travel through low-water crossings or driving in severe weather to get anywhere, including Concordia.  At home, make sure you’re prepared for power outages with plenty of water, non-perishable food items, along with batteries for flashlights and radios.   Make sure also to unplug all small appliances to protect them from power surges.  My prayer is that everyone takes the proper precautions necessary to ride out this storm so that everyone is safe.

Worship and Streaming We will have worship this weekend at our regularly scheduled times:  Saturday at 6 pm, Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 am, and Vespers at 5 pm on Sunday.  We have already made plans for our services to continue, even if we do not have power.  If you are not able or are not planning to join us this weekend on campus, please stream our Sunday morning services at Concordia.cc.  You will also be able to stream the services via Facebook Live, if you prefer.

In the very worst-case scenario, you can always watch a previous worship service at ConcordiaOnline.cc.

Sunday School and Adult Bible Class Move-Up Sunday, when we move children up to the next grade level of their Sunday School class, was scheduled for this weekend, but has been postponed.  We will update you soon on the new date for Move-Up Sunday.  Sunday School and Adult Bible Class will be held as long as we have power and there are not issues with standing water in buildings.

School and Child Care As of now, our school and child care centers will be open on Monday.  Depending on the weather and the flooding this weekend, this may change.  We will post any updates or changes on our website and will send them to local TV and radio stations.  Our school administration will also be sending out email updates to parents. 

Pastoral Emergencies If you have a pastoral emergency, you will be able to reach someone by calling the church office at 479-1477.

Updates  Please check Concordia.cc or our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter for continued updates.  You can also sign up to receive instant updates by texting “Concordia” to 51555.

Pray!  Please join me in prayer that God would protect everyone through this storm.  As Hurricane Harvey approaches the Texas Gulf Coast, its potential for damage and destruction is HUGE!


Heavenly Father, Your Word reminds us that, even in the midst of storms, we are always in Your care.  We pray that, as Hurricane Harvey approaches land, You would protect the people and property of this region and that, as You see fit, You would turn this storm in a way that minimizes damage.  

 To those who are frightened, give peace.  To those who ride out the storm, grant safety.  To those who evacuate, provide not only a place to stay, but preserve for them a place to return.  

Be with the police officers, the firefighters, the EMS personnel, the governing officials, the health care professionals, the refinery workers, and any others who, by virtue of their vocations, are called to remain in the adversely affected areas.  We thank You for their willingness to serve and we pray that You would protect them.  

 Thank you, kind Father.  We know that, even when a powerful storm strikes, You are bigger and stronger than any storm.  Help us to always remember that Your Son, Jesus, is with us through EVERY storm.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

 

Just a couple more weeks in our Summer Sermon Series … Genesis!

This weekend we continue our look into Genesis and Joseph’s life in Chapter 40.  After being thrown into a cistern, Joseph eventually winds up in prison in Egypt.  But even in prison, Joseph seeks to serve God by helping others.  During our worst times, do we seek to help others, or are we only focused on ourselves?

The weekend’s message is titled, “Two Dreamers.”  It is based on Genesis 40:1-8.

Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them. After they had been in custody for some time, each of the two men – the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison – had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?” “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”  Genesis 40:1-8

I can’t wait to see you this weekend!  May God bless you and keep you.

Pastor Bill

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