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From the Pastor: Send Relief for Turkey and Syria

Mary Ellen Ermis February 10, 2023 Devotionals, cityrise, Deep and Wide, houston, Roger Patterson,

Good afternoon, Church Family!

What kind of people dwell in the Flourishing Kingdom? Prepared people dwell there. This Sunday, we will dive into what that means for us as believers in this closing sermon in the “Flourishing Kingdom” series. The following week, will begin a new study on another aspect of the Flourishing Life: how to be “Flourishing Disciples.”

I hope you’re able to be with us on campus. If you are unable to join us in person, you’re welcome to be with us online at one of our livestreamed services at youtube.com/cityriseorg.

Send Relief for Turkey and Syria

Earlier this week, Turkey and Syria were hit with a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has reportedly killed more than 19,000 people. That is devastating. We are turning our hearts toward those countries and praying for their safety and for God to show His mighty hand still at work in the midst of tragedy.

There is a solid, Southern Baptist, Christian organization called Send Relief that is already providing care and supplies there. I’ve talked personally with Send Relief’s president, Bryant Wright, before, and his staff is incredible at responding, providing, and praying for areas around the world that experience natural disasters, extreme poverty, and what they call “life-altering moments.” If you’d like to donate financially toward the recovery of those affected by this earthquake, I encourage you to give through Send Relief via their dedicated Turkey-Syria Earthquake giving page here.

At the very least, I encourage you to pray for Send Relief’s volunteers, for other organizations like them who are helping, and for the Turkish and Syrian people who have been affected.

Annual Church Business & Another Exciting Video (Soon . . .)

This past Sunday evening, I sent out a video update reminding about our upcoming annual business meeting on Wednesday, February 15 and church-wide vote on Sunday, February 19. Here is that video below if you missed it!


Keep your eyes peeled to your inboxes this coming Sunday evening, too, for another video update that will include an encouraging financial recap and some exciting, immediate updates and news for CityRise.

Deep & Wide – Tell Us Your Story!

Don’t forget! We’re eager to hear how God has affected your life through the Deep & Wide Generosity Initiative. Go to cityrise.org/mystory and tell us! We want to share in your joy and maybe even share your story to encourage others. Pray about it, Church Family!

See you on Sunday!


Roger Patterson is the Senior Pastor of the CityRise Network, leading multiple congregations in lifting our city and the world by generously giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Roger lives in Houston with his wife, Julee, and three children.