GULF ATLANTIC DIOCESE
IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN.
To the faithful in Christ Jesus in the Gulf Atlantic Diocese and to
Frederic (Ric) Sterry Smith
grace, and peace be to you in abundance in the name of Our Lord Jesus
Bishop of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese, it is a great pleasure to
recognize Ric as the Diocesan Coordinator of Disaster Relief, a faith
based ministry of Christian Compassion. He comes with our blessing
and support, desiring to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual
needs of victims.
his own initiative, Ric has raised up numerous volunteers and
free-will offerings for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricanes
Harvey and Irma. They have come from All Souls, Our Savior, and
Redeemer locally. Interdenominational congregations within Florida
and from congregations as far away as South Carolina and Tennessee
have joined in. These servant teams have ministered in the greater
Jacksonville area, and it is our hope and expectation that this
servanthood ministry will expand into southern Florida to meet both
current and future needs.
Rev. Smith’s outstanding accomplishments reflect his true
servant’s heart and exceptional dedication, demonstrate godly
outreach on behalf of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese, and bring glory to
God the Father.
Rt. Rev. Neil G. Lebhar October 27, 2017
We will continue to monitor Hurricane Chris.
Should we see a significant change or determine that both lives and livelihood may be threatened to our northnern neighbors, ADPR will keep you informed and rally the necessary resources and mission teams.
“Given barely enough ocean heat content (sea-surface temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit), low wind shear, and its location south of a plume of sinking, dry air known as the Saharan air layer, Beryl intensified quickly from a tropical depression at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday to a Category 1 hurricane just 18 hours later.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), wind shear has increased and combined with a very dry environment likely causing Beryl to weaken.”