Along the Way: Helping Houston

August 30, 2017

“Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God…..with your faithful help rescue me.” Psalm 69

Many of us have watched with heavy hearts the devastating floods in Houston and other areas of Texas this week. Like so many of you, I have felt personally connected through my good friend John Stephens, pastor of Chapelwood UMC in Houston. The prayers to millions rise up to the ears and heart of our compassionate, faithful God and God in turns asks, “Whom shall I send and who will go for us?” Like Isaiah of old, we the church must answer, “Here I am Lord, send me.”

Obviously most can’t literally go, but as United Methodist we are already there. UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) are some of the first folks in and always the last to leave in the face of disasters. We are collecting an offering to send to UMCOR (100% of UMCOR donations go directly to relief work, all administrative overhead is covered by our apportionment giving). The communion offering this Sunday will be for flood relief and if you are not here this Sunday you can send a gift to the church marked for Hurricane Harvey relief. We are also collecting the following items to make Hygiene Kits. Our 4th and 5th graders will be assembling the kits on Sept. 10th.  Please place your donations in the marked boxes at the church entrances by noon on September 10. 

Hygiene Kit Supplies Needed – all items must be NEW and unwashed
Hand Towels – 15×25 to 17×27”, no kitchen, cleaning or microfiber towels washcloths
Soaps – bath size (3oz. or larger only), no Jergens or Ivory due to moisture content
Combs – sturdy, longer than 6”, no picks or pocket combs
Metal Nail File or Nail Clippers – no emery boards

If you would like to make a financial contribution in support of Hurricane Relief, mark your check as Hurricane Relief and send to the church office. Any questions about relief efforts and activities, please contact Steve Tisinger at

Thank you for being a part of God’s answer to the prayers of his people.