Executive Summary: Community Dinner, Kat Welch at Sunday School, Pizza Lunch
I’ve had the opportunity for almost four weeks to provide updates that have focused mostly on Harvey. That won’t stop now, because by God’s grace we have a long term commitment to helping those impacted by this storm. But we also have a community of faith and a mission from God that has been both reinforced and modified by Harvey. So from time to time I want to do a post that shares some the opportunities we have as a community in a post-Harvey era.
Community Dinner this Thursday. There are many in our community who are familiar with the language of government contracting in which the desired result of the contract is called the deliverable. In our partnership with EFCA Crisis Response I’ve heard several people say that the deliverable of this effort is not rebuilt houses but disciplemaking. The key, I believe, is ‘God-centered relationships,’ with one another in the church, with Crisis Response staff, with teams coming in, and especially with those who invite us into their homes to help.
One way that Crisis Response has fostered these relationships is through the Thursday night dinner, where church people, homeowners and team members can sit down together to get to know each other and to hear what God has been doing. I strongly encourage you to attend these community dinners from time to time, beginning tonight (6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21st, 2017).
Sunday School this Week. We had hoped to start regular classes this week, but we’re still not quite ready. They will start next week (9:30 a.m., Sunday October 1st, 2017). This week we have asked Kat Welch, the Crisis Response team leader in our area, to share with us. She has some marvelous stories about how God has worked in her own life and in the lives of people served by Crisis Response. She also has some great ideas about how people who can’t do construction can still serve and care for people as part of our response. (9:30 a.m. this Sunday, September 24th, 2017)
Pizza Luck lunch this Sunday. In another attempt to move toward normalcy, we will be having our usual end of the month pizza lunch this Sunday after church. (12:30 p.m. this Sunday, September 24th, 2017) We realize that we can’t forget the other ways God has called us to be on mission for him, so we will have short updates from the Galveston Urban Missions team and from Amber Achgill. Please plan to stay!
Why Not Use Bleach?
Bleach is often utilized as a mold killer in homes, but it’s not the best thing to use after a flood even though it may be easily available. Here are a couple simple reasons why you shouldn’t use bleach to remove mold caused by flooding.
- Bleach says on the container that it is not meant to be used on porous surfaces. Drywall and wood are porous materials, and grout is porous even though tiles are not. The chlorine component will remain on the surface, while the water part will absorb in and may make the mold worse.
- Bleach can lose its effectiveness over time. The chlorine part evaporates quickly, and older stock can be less effective than new bleach, even when stored in sealed bottles. Because it’s very hard to quick manufacturing dates on bleach, it’s hard to be sure your bottle is at its most effective.
- Bleach can have harmful, even dangerous reactions to other household products. If mixed with ammonia and certain other cleaners it can be toxic, and exposing metal to bleach for a long time can damage the metal.
What to Use Instead?
We recommend using an antimicrobial instead of bleach. Two well-known brands that can be trusted are Fiberlock Shockwave and Concrobium Mold Control.
- Please read all directions and take all precautions when using these cleaners.
- If you have already used bleach, it’s not too late. However, bleach leaves a carbon layer residue that may stop these cleaners from reaching the roots of the mold. You will need to wipe the area down with warm water and detergent before using the antimicrobial cleaners.
- Both come as a ready-to-use formula, so you don’t have to add water. If there are stubborn areas of mold, it may take more than one coating for the cleaner to penetrate all the way to the roots.
We will be serving meals here at Trinity (301 Leisure Lane) all week Monday through Saturday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. If you were flooded or are helping others that have been affected stop by for a nice hot meal and a time to just sit and relax a minute or two.
Due to the possible severity of the weather and flooding we have decided to postpone the pizza lunch and Slovakia update to September 3rd and cancel it for this Sunday, August 27th. Make plans to join us following the service on the 3rd for a time of fellowship, pizza, and an update from the Slovakia team.
“Christian History Made Easy” finishes up on August 27th. New Sunday School Classes will begin on September 10th.
August 27th-Summer Sunday school series ends
September 3rd-No Sunday school-fellowship week
September 10th-Fall Sunday school begins (Start at 9:30 am)
- Joseph Norris will continue to teach “Systematic Theology” by Wayne Grudem in the LIFE room.
- Murry Billingsley will teach the book of Luke in the context of a harmony of the gospels and the life of Christ. This study will be in room 111.
- And Todd and Titia Cobbs will teach a parenting class in room 106. The study is titled, “Getting to the heart of Parenting” by Paul Tripp. (please let Todd know if you would like to be a part of this study for planning purposes)
- Doug Rask will be teaching Jr. High and High School in Room 113
This fall the ladies Thursday morning Bible study will discuss “Vanishing Grace” by Philip Yancey. The book explores what kind of news is good to a culture that thinks it has rejected the Christian version. The group will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the church beginning September 7. The study will last for 5 weeks. For more information contact Ruth Mohn.