eNews from Rev. Tom Berlin – September 25, 2012

Dear Floris Family,

Today we learned of a tragedy in our community. A family of four was found dead at 13391 Point Rider Lane, Herndon. While the names of the family members have not been released by the police or press at this time, this is the home of Al and Kathie Peterson, who have two sons, Christopher and Matthew. The Peterson family has attended Floris and their son, Chris, attended our recent Road Rules event with our student ministry. Many of you will know this family. Their sons were students at Rachel Carson Middle School and Westfield High School and played soccer, as well as participating in other events in the community.   I just left the home of some Floris members who were a part of one of these soccer teams. Everyone is feeling a great deal of grief over this loss and are searching for answers that are not known at this time.

It is our desire at Floris to minister to the needs of our community.   We will be holding a Candlelight Vigil at Floris tomorrow, Wednesday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. Please invite the community and post this information where others can see it. Our desire is to provide a place where our members, friends, and community can gather to express their grief, pray, and stand in the light of God’s love and hope together. I will share more information regarding this service tomorrow.

In Christ,
- Tom

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3 Responses to eNews from Rev. Tom Berlin – September 25, 2012

  1. Jackie says:

    Thank you for providing this opportunity for us at FUMC. Our family along with so many others are in disbelief and saddened trying to find answers to help our children with their questions and grief. Most of all our prayers are with the family and this tragic event. God Bless them.

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  3. Sue Mulnix says:

    My daughter Sara called from Seattle to tell me about this dreadful news. Sara baby sat for the boys when she was in high school. We, and my son Brian in Long Beach, CA, are all saddened. The Petersons greeted everyone as they drove into the Bornham Woods community and were always pleasant. It doesn’t seem possible that something this awful could happen in this quiet and contained community. We are all too far away for tonight’s service, but our thoughts and prayers will be with the Floris and Bornham Woods communities as we all struggle to understand.

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