Going the Extra Mile….

Has your luggage ever been lost on a flight? 

Recently lost luggage made headlines. Not because it was lost but because of what one airline worker did to make sure it was found by its owner. 

This past week a mother of three who is battling stage four colon cancer lost her luggage on a flight. She spoke to the airline worker and explained exactly why she needed the luggage and needed it that evening due to her illness. The worker promised her she would have it couriered over to her hotel upon arrival. 

Yet, when it arrived the courier service had already closed for the night. Knowing the women needed the luggage she took it from the airport and drove out of her way to deliver it herself. 

The worker did not have to do that and could have easily blamed it on the airline or courier company but instead at 11pm she got in the car and went the extra mile to make sure the courageous cancer fighting mom had what she needed. 

In my mind the airport worker not only went the extra mile but in so many ways described Christian character. What the airline worker did was not heroic or probably even newsworthy but it was the right thing to do and the caring thing to do. 

In the book of Galatians Paul encourages the church to not miss an opportunity to do good. He writes, “So then, whenever we have the opportunity, let’s practice doing good to everyone, especially to the family of faith” Galatians 6:10.

This week I invite each of us to look for the places we might show God’s love by doing good and going the extra mile knowing that when we do a small piece of heaven is found on earth! 

See you on Sunday! 

Pastor Audrey

Also….take a moment to read our monthly redevelopment update below and our announcements below as well! 

Upcoming @ FUMC

FUMC AT THE MARLINS
We are excited to get together with over 15 people tomorrow for the Marlins vs. Rockies game. Plan to meet at 6:30pm at Center Field Entrance. Please email Kipp Nelson if you have any questions @ knelson@firstchurchmiami.org.

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
Sunday, August 20th will be our Back to School Sunday Service where we will pray for students and teachers. All are invited and please do invite your friends. After the service we will celebrate with a hot dog lunch, music, games and special raffle prizes! Plan to stay around and have fun together as a family of faith!

OFFICE ATTENDANTS NEEDED! 
The office is in search for two individuals who are willing to help in the office one morning a week from 9am-1pm. The volunteer duties include answering the phone, folding bulletins, and other light office support. If you are interested please email Pastor Audrey at awarren@firstchurchmiami.org.

HOMELESS JESUS SCULPTURE COMES TO FUMC
We are excited to announce that acclaimed sculpture Timothy Schmalz has chosen FUMC Miami as the location for his Homeless Jesus Sculpture in Miami. Only one statue is placed in a city around the world.  If you would like to give you can follow this link to give towards this effort: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=79N5AM65V6BW6 For more information about the sculpture you can visit the following address: https://www.sculpturebytps.com/
 
WEEKLY PRAYER CALL
We are looking to choose a new time for prayer calls. If you are interested in joining our weekly prayer call please click this link and choose a time that will work for you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HDZZX68

MAKE GIVING EASIER
Are you having a hard time giving regularly? Do you constantly forget your checks at home? If this is you, please know you are not alone. Also know that FUMC is now making it easier to give online. Simply follow this link: http://firstchurchmiami.org/online-giving/