On Saturday, June 17th, at 1:30 am in the morning the USS Fitzgerald, a Navy destroyer, collided with a 30,000 ton container ship, off the coast of Japan. The USS Fitzgerald is part of the US Pacific fleet stationed in Japan. The collision ripped open the right side of the destroyer sending sea water into two berthing areas where the sailors sleep.
As the water began to pour into the ship’s hull, 37 year old Fire Controlman 1st class, Gary Leo Rehm, Jr. “leapt into action.” He called the sailors under his command on his ship “his kids” and often had them in his home when they were in port in Hampton, Virginia. As the water flooded into the ship, Officer Rehm went under and saved at least 20 sailors. However, when he went back down to get the last six sailors, the ship began to take on too much water, and in order to save the ship the command was given to close the hatch he had been using. He had said before, “If my kids die, I’m going to die” and this came true. Officer Rehm was one of seven sailors who lost their lives.
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) It’s easy to think that this type of love and courage is extinct today. What was lived out aboard the USS Fitzgerald, is alike in kind of what Jesus did for us. Jesus willingly gave his life, went out and found us drowning in our sin, and rescued us. What a Savior!
Preparing for Sunday
A Glimpse of the Kingdom
Church Family Meeting
Please attend the evening service on Sunday, July 2nd for an update on church staffing and the organization of future leadership. All are welcome.
July 31st – August 4th
VBS would love to have paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls and metallic markers to use for crafts. You can drop them off at Gloria Duffey’s office or give them to Liza Chaulklin.