Irma Relief Commissioning



To the faithful in Christ Jesus in the Gulf Atlantic Diocese and to The Rev.

Frederic (Ric) Sterry Smith

Mercy, grace, and peace be to you in abundance in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

As 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.

At 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.

The Rt. Rev. Neil G. Lebhar October 27, 2017

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Weather Channel

Hurricane Chris Update - Final

At a Glance:
  • Chris became the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season in early July.
  • This second hurricane of the season came much earlier than average, by over a month.
  • Chris generated high surf and rip currents along much of the U.S. East Coast.
  • Parts of Atlantic Canada took a final brush from Chris as it became a post-tropical cyclone.

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.

Weather Channel

Hurricane Beryl downgraded to Tropical Storm says The Weather Channel…

“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.”

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