Life of Faith Girls Club Mother & Daughter Christmas Tea
Saturday, December 16 @ 10:30 am in the Family Life Center
You are invited to a very special Christmas Tea where you will have a scrumptious brunch and drink tea out of real china tea cups. This is a dress up occasion.
There will also be drawings for some fabulous club items.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – CHURCH-WIDE OUTREACH
Drop-off Your Completed Box in the Foyer by… Sunday, November 19
The amazing journey of a simple shoebox gift begins with You and results in Evangelism, Discipleship and Multiplication.
Each year people, from children to seniors, pack shoebox gifts filled with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies, to bless children in need around the world.
Then, Pastors around the world host shoebox distributions in places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow Him. Other churches use the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas. In many places, they also offer “The Greatest Gift”, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan’s Purse developed for the shoebox recipients.
If you would like to pack a shoebox this year see instructions below, or pick up instructions and a pre-printed shoebox in the Foyer on Sunday. You can also use a regular shoebox or a plastic shoebox if you prefer.
Good News Club for Elementary Students of Somerset Academy 1st – 5th Grade
Thursday, October 5 after school in Adventure Zone
Good News Club is where your children will learn about the love of God and just how special they are to Him. It is run by volunteers who love kids and are carefully screened and trained. Parental permission is a must. We cannot accept any children who have not been signed up by a parent/guardian.
Hope you will join us!
1st – 2nd grade
After school – 4:00 pm
Meet in Adventure Zone… Pick up from Living Room
(Living Room Entrance is by the playground.)
3rd – 5th grade
After school – 4:30 pm
in Adventure Zone next to the school office.
We are all eager to get involved and help in the disaster relief efforts, especially to Puerto Rico. North Carolina-based non-profit group Samaritan’s Purse, founded and run by the Billy Graham family, led one of the first major relief missions to the Caribbean after Hurricane Maria slammed the region, leaving thousands without power and crippling several cities.
While donating supplies makes us feel good, the most valuable thing we can do right now is donate money to these organizations that are getting into the region and getting supplies directly to those in need.
Here is a list of trusted organizations we encourage you to donate to if you have the desire to help. As we become aware of additional opportunities we will post them here as well.
Thank you for your heart to “Be The Bridge” to those who have been devastated by these storms!
Our fervent prayers remain…
Hurricane Season Pre-Storm Helps
To assist with hurricane preparations:
- Review the Broward County Hurricane Preparedness Guide.
- Review the City of Miramar Hurricane Preparedness Guide
- Visit our comprehensive Hurricane website. Our Emergency Checklists are a great way to ensure you have a family plan, appropriate shelter supplies, pet supplies, and emergency kit.
- Check out Broward’s A-Z Planner with links to detailed information on more than 60 topics, from airports and animals to water and windows.
- Encourage family and friends to subscribe to Broward County Emergency Updates, important public safety information delivered via email before, during and after an emergency.
- Follow us on Twitter at ReadyBroward and like us on Facebook at BrowardEMD.
- Bookmark Report Home Damage on your smartphone or other mobile device so you can report damage to your home and help first responders assess damage in the immediate aftermath of a storm.
- Call the Broward County Call Center at 311, or 954.831.4000, for updates and general hurricane preparedness information.
- Watch for details about the County’s new emergency notification system, AlertBroward, coming in July.
Hurricane Season Post-Storm Helps
To assist with post hurricane issues:
As Floridians continue the process of digging out from the storm, I want to share with you some tips and resources for Hurricane Irma Recovery.
Resident Assistance: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added Broward County to the list of counties eligible for individual assistance. That means homeowners with damage that is documented can apply for funding from FEMA.
- Register at DisasterAssistance.gov for information and services from the government on the aid that may be available to you, including transitional sheltering assistance.
- Residents without internet access can use the computers at Broward County libraries to register for FEMA Individual Assistance.
- You can also contact FEMA’s Helpline (800) 621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: (800) 462-7585).
- Your local Red Cross chapter can also help you with food, shelter, and personal goods.
- You can also find assistance through United Way.
- Check with your insurance agent before hiring anyone to work on your property.
- Make sure you have the right kind of coverage to file a claim related to storm damage.
- Be sure to take pictures of the damage to your property before cleaning it up.
- To check on your policy through the National Flood Insurance Program, contact your insurance agent. You can also call 1-800-621-FEMA and select “option 2” learn more and be directed to the right place to file your claim.
- Keep any eye for people who may try to be using this unstable time as a way to swindle unsuspecting victims.
- Con artists asking for up-front payments, offering suspiciously large discounts, or claiming to be government agents are all commonplace after a storm like Irma.
- Be wary of phone calls from entities claiming to be charities. Real charities do not usually ask for donations over the phone or have names that sound like governmental departments.
- Do not give your money or personal information out over the phone.
- If someone is pressuring you with a “limited time offer” chances are it is a scam. Always check out offers with a trusted advisor such as an attorney before agreeing to terms with anyone.
Other Important Tips:
- Touch base with your mortgage lender. Just because your home was damaged does not mean you can skip a payment. However, your mortgage lender might work with you to pause payments given the situation. If you do not know who holds your mortgage, check the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems or call 888-679-6377.
- You also still must pay your credit card bills. If you do not think you will be able to do so, contact your credit card company before the next payment comes due.
- If your home is currently uninhabitable, contact your power company and ask that your service be suspended. This will save you money while you sort out your situation.
- Veterans who need help with shelter or their medications can call 1-800-507-4571 to speak with someone at the VA. Veterans can also check the VA website specifically dedicated to Hurricane Irma for more information.