September 13 Edevotional

“Consider the birds of the air; they neither sow or reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father and Mother feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

It seems there will always be those who “prophesy” that the natural disasters and destruction in our world are the result of someone’s sin as that “prophet” defines sin. It is not my theology that God punishes anyone’s sin. God certainly not to single out one person or a group of people as a scapegoat for the disasters happening in the world.

“Consider this,” writes Matthew. There are birds flying around, there are lilies growing in the field, they aren’t making money or saving money, having sex with the “right” gender, or even thinking the “right” thoughts. And yet, grace is at work, love is at work in them as they fly and grow and be who God meant them to be. Are not each one of you of more value than they are? Our earth is groaning with fires, earthquakes, mudslides, and hurricanes. So many people are crying out for help in their loss, a home where there no longer is no home. Stop blaming and care for them as God does, abundantly, generously, with no thought of value, worth, or sin, but only with love.

Here is how you can help:  There are empty flood buckets sitting in Penberthy Hall to be filled for United Methodist Committee on Relief. Here is the list of things needed for each bucket:

Cleaning Kit Materials

  • 5-gallon round bucket with resealable lid
    • Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned
    • Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner
    • Advertisements on the outside are acceptable
    • No square buckets (Only round buckets are used to ensure proper stacking during transportation)
  • Liquid laundry detergent
    • One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
  • Liquid household cleaner
    • 12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water
    • No spray cleaners
  • Dish soap
    • 16‐28 oz. bottle any brand
  • 1 can air freshener
    • Aerosol or pump
  • 1 insect repellant spray
    • 6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
  • 1 scrub brush
    • Plastic or wooden handle
  • 18 cleaning wipes
    • Handi Wipes or reusable wipes
    • No terry cleaning towels
    • Remove from packaging
  • 7 sponges
    • No cellulose sponges due to mold issues
    • Remove from wrapper
  • 5 scouring pads
    • Remove from wrapper
    • No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
  • 50 clothespins
  • Clothesline
    • One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines
    • Cotton or plastic
  • 24-roll heavy-duty trash bags
    • 33‐ to 45-gallon sizes
    • Remove from the box
  • 5 dust masks
  • 2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves
    • Should be durable enough for multiple uses
    • Remove from packaging
  • 1 pair work gloves
    • Cotton with leather palm or all leather

Assembly Directions

Place all liquid items in the bucket first. Place remaining items in the bucket, fitting them around and between the liquid items. Sponges, scouring pads, clothespins, and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.

Important Notes

  • All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
  • All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please.
  • If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.
  • If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.


You can also give financially at UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts at, and/or to Shelter Box USA at We will be taking a special offering for UMCOR on Sunday morning, 9/17.

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