God is at work and some amazing things are happening in the wake of the horrible flooding this past weekend. This is an update on what has happened to date, and how you can get involved. Please spread the word.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
~ Psalm 46:1-3
Volunteer and Financial Support
- Ellicott City Partnership (ECP) volunteer database. Pastor Jesse Florida is coordinating volunteer efforts with the ECP, an organization made up of businesses, property owners, and residents in the Historic District. To date, over 4,000 people have signed up to help!
- Disaster relief fund set up. Metanoia Church is working with the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCMD) to steward a fund for disaster relief. Resources in this fund will be used over the coming weeks and months to meet long-term physical and spiritual needs. If you want to help, but don’t know how, this is the best way you can have a long-term impact. Give here: http://metanoiachurch.org/ec-flood-relief-donations/
- Jesse Florida to serve as Community Coordinator and Liaison. The Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network (MABN, also called Baptist Convention of MD/DE or BCMD) has helped procure funds to financially support Jesse to coordinate with the County, State, and other relief agencies for 10 hours/week for the next 6 months. Compensation for these 10 hours will enable Jesse to continue his other Metanoia pastoral duties while also blessing our city with a dedicated volunteer and effort coordinator. What an amazing blessing and expression of cooperative mission and care expressed by our network!
Prayer and Care
- Sunday, July 31 Prayer Gathering. This past Sunday evening we held a prayer gathering at Catonsville Baptist Church. In addition to Metanoia folks, members of several other churches were present to pray and lift up our community. Click for audio from the prayer gathering.
- Opportunities to pray. Over the past 48 hours, Pastors Adam Feldman and Jesse Florida have been able to pray with first responders, residents, and business owners. Also, the Westowne Community Group went down to Ellicott City last night to pray over the city. You are still not permitted on Main Street, but if you wish to pray, you can park near the Roger Carter Community Center (RCCC) and walk close to Main Street and pray. You are also encouraged to go to RCCC and pray for or with the staff there. CLICK HERE to find out ways you can pray.
- Opportunities to serve. We are looking for folks within Metanoia (and other faith communities) to help with many needs including temporary housing, doing laundry for displaced residents, cooking meals, moving furniture, supplying gift cards, and a host of other things. If you are a Partner with Metanoia Church and interested in helping or coordinating teams, please contact Kim Feldman. All other volunteers are encouraged to sign up HERE.
The continued relief efforts on Main Street may affect our Worship Gathering this Sunday, August 7. We will be doing one of the following options. Please keep an eye on your email and the website for an update later this week. (NOTE: If you use Gmail, turn off the “promotions” inbox option as our emails may be ending up there.)
- If Roger Carter Community Center (RCCC) is open and operating under normal hours: Worship Gathering will be at the usual time of 10:30AM at RCCC.
- If RCCC remains closed: We will meet at Bethel Baptist Church in Ellicott City (across street from Target in Long Gate) for Worship Gathering at 12:30PM-1:30PM.
Pastor Adam Interviewed
Pastor Adam Feldman was interviewed–along with Pastor Ken Cavey of Bethel Baptist Church–by a news outlet in Mobile, Alabama yesterday. The news reporter was a friend of Adam’s who attended Mt. Hebron High School in Ellicott City at the same time that Adam was there. You can CLICK HERE to see the full article or watch the interview below.