UMCOR responds to Hurricane Harvey

I’m sure that you have all been watching the news and have been praying for those in Texas and now Louisiana that have been affected by the devastating flooding caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.  You may also be wondering what you can do to help.  I’m sure that many of you are familiar with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).  UMCOR is a wonderful organization within our denomination and part of their work is to provide disaster response around the world.  This is where the 80 Health Kits that we assembled this past spring went to.  One thing that makes UMCOR special is that 100% of the money donated to the organization is spent on the project that it is specified for.  (Check out UMCOR Home – UMCOR if you want to learn more!)
UMCOR already has feet on the ground in response to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey and has in fact been working in the area since before the storm made landfall.  The best thing that we can do at this time besides continuing to pray for those in harms way and those working to help them is to provide financial assistance.  This Sunday, September 3rd, we will be taking a special offering at Hope UMC.  The offering will go to UMCOR and more specifically to their US Disaster Response fund (Advance 901670).  This will be in place of our usual first Sunday offering to the pastor’s discretionary fund.  We are very thankful that we have had a donor come forward who has offered to match the first $500 that is donated!
We will provide special envelopes for the offering but to help the tellers, please also write UMCOR/Harvey in the notation area of your check.  If you will not be in church on Sunday but would like to make a donation, it may be sent to the church office but again please make sure that it is clearly marked for UMCOR/Harvey.
Thank you for your continued prayers.  Recovery will of course be a very long process and those prayers will be needed in the coming months.
Below is a recent message from our bishop regarding the hurricane.
Blessings,
Alice Collins, Lay Leader,
Rev. Joy Toll-Chander and
HUMC Missions team

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Aug. 29, 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ.

I greet you all in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I am writing to encourage you to join me in praying for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused catastrophic flooding in Texas, as well as for all the first responders and others who have been there to assist.

I am deeply pained by the suffering and loss faced by those in the path of this devastating storm, and I know it will be a long road to recovery for many.

I also know that so many of you are eager to reach out to help. Please find information about how you can best assist the flood victims here on our Conference website.

Thank you for your generosity and your prayers.

In Christ’s love,

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

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