Bellaire United Methodist Church - Finding Joy in Sorrow

8/31/2017
The members of Bellaire United Methodist Church have been devastated by the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey, but that has not stopped them from doing all they can to comfort and help each other.   A Flood Like No Other Associate Pastor Jim Love has lived in Houston for twenty years, and he has seen his share of flooding in Bellaire. Just three years ago his parsonage flooded, so when Hurricane Harvey roared toward Houston, Pastor Love put all of his furniture up on six-inch blocks. He was sure ...

Floods Force Pastor, Flock to Higher Ground

8/31/2017
By Sam Hodges, August 31, 2017 |DALLAS (UMNS) A small town United Methodist church that became a Tropical Storm Harvey shelter had to call for rescue itself as flood waters poured in, forcing the pastor, volunteers and flood victims up to a loft. The Rev. Sharon Sabom and others gathered at Mauriceville (Texas) United Methodist Church for six hours on August 30 before the Cajun Navy from Louisiana arrived by boat to get them to safety, said the Rev. Alicia Coltzer, superintendent of the Texas ...

Video: Volunteering After a Flood

8/31/2017
Referenced Files: Debris Removal Participant Liability Property Access Guide to Mold Cleanup:  English     Spanish

Bear Creek United Methodist Church - A Lily Pad of Refuge in the Harvey’s Flood

8/30/2017
As flood waters covered the Bear Creek community, intentionally diverse Bear Creek United Methodist Church became a “lily pad” of shelter and hope for their neighbors in need.   A Foundation of Diversity and Unity Bear Creek United Methodist Church was established in 1977, and quickly became one of the fastest growing churches in the Houston area. The church soon reached an average weekly attendance of over 1,100 people.   But in the early 2000’s, growth began slowing dramatically. At the same ...

Appeal for Funds For Hurricane Harvey Response

8/29/2017
Dear friends,   The southern part of the Texas Annual Conference has suffered one of the most catastrophic floods in our nation’s history. Harris County has averaged 33 inches of rain between Friday and Tuesday morning and the rain has not yet stopped. More than 30,000 persons have been evacuated from their homes. 8 persons have been confirmed dead. It is too early to calculate how much damage has been done, but already predictions are being made that this ranks as one of the worst natural ...

Message from Bishop Scott J. Jones

8/29/2017
Dear sisters and brothers, We have truly been through a most difficult time over the last few days and it is not over. I am grateful for the many ways in which you have served Christ and the people of our area. District Superintendents and others have shared stories of how you have cared for people, opened your churches as shelters, rescued people and been involved in serving others. Thank you! I am proud to be a United Methodist clergy serving Christ in these difficult times. Many of you have...

Houston Measuring Rain in Feet Not Inches

8/28/2017
Houston area United Methodists are braced for clean-up once the flood waters recede after what is being described as one of the worst disasters in US history. Three people have been reportedly killed in flood waters and thousands of people have been rescued in the flood waters. Dr. Greg Postel, meteorologist and hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel, said the flooding unfolding in the Houston area “could be the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history;” and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, ...

Hurricane Harvey Reveals the Heart of Ecumenical Cooperation in Mont Belvieu

8/28/2017
In the past 10 years, Mont Belvieu, has experienced a 171% surge in population, leaping from 2,630 residents in 2007 to 7,313 in 2017. Mont Belvieu Emergency Services has been struggling to expand quickly enough to keep pace with the city’s rapid growth. Now, as entire subdivisions are submerged under water in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Mont Belvieu will depend on a strong local ecumenical effort to help provide relief.   Rev. Melody Kraus of First United Methodist Church of Mont Belvieu ...

United Methodist Churches Offer Shelters

8/28/2017
As the flood waters rise across the Houston area, Houston United Methodist Churches are assembling supplies to begin cleanup and are opening up their doors as shelters.   The following churches have opened shelters: Wildwood United Methodist Church 8911 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354   Faithbridge United Methodist Church 18000 Stuebner Airline Rd., Klein, Texas 77379   Westbury United Methodist Church 5200 Willowbend Blvd., Houston, TX 77096   Windsor Village United Methodist Church 6011 W. Orem ...

Churches Wanting to Assist as Shelters

8/27/2017
Civil officials have called for publicly accessible buildings (such as churches) to open as temporary shelters. The purpose of these shelters is to provide temporary respite to survivors fleeing their homes, sometimes on foot.  We encourage churches to open their doors and to be a beacon of light and island of safety in their communities. You do not have to open as an official Red Cross shelter or as an overnight shelter if you are not equipped to do so. You can open as a temporary safe space to...

Prayer and Share Group: Hurricane Harvey

8/27/2017
A Facebook group has been set up to share Hurricane Harvey related news and information among our churches and communities. Please join and share any prayer requests, needs, information or photos from your area regarding the storm. The group is available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1419850644736724/?source_id=136677901714

Prayer from Bishop Jones

8/27/2017
Prayer During Hurricane Harvey From Bishop Scott Jones Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Oh God, we need your help. We need the rain to end, the floodwaters to recede, the damaging winds to stop. We need fortitude to cope with this disaster. We need love to share with our neighbors. We need strength to endure. Lord, we know that storms come in our world, and we are asking for your help in getting through it, repairing the damage and rebuilding our lives. We pray for ...

Disaster Ministries Alert: Hurricane Harvey

8/26/2017
Friends of the Texas Annual Conference, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday night north of Corpus Christi. As Harvey continues its course, high winds and rain are expected contributing to potential flooding. Please pray for those affected.   If you need assistance or learn of any storm-related damage, please forward that information to your local church or district office to be relayed to TAC Disaster Ministries. We are standing by to deploy resources as necessary. FEMA: How to ...

Flood Buckets Ready to Roll

8/26/2017
The staff of the Mission Center in Conroe worked Saturday, August 26 to load and ready 165 flood buckets for immediate deployment wherever they may be needed in the conference. We have several hundred more in stock and more on the way from UMCOR Sager-Brown if needed.  Please stay high and dry. Some of the models are projecting rainfall over 40" in some of our southwest communities and upwards of 30" as far east as Baytown.  There are people already in need of assistance, but disaster response ...

Rescheduled - Prayer Vigil for Our Immigrant Neighbors

8/25/2017
On Tuesday, September 12 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Bering Memorial UMC, in partnership with Texas Impact, will be hosting an interfaith prayer vigil and information session as SB4 goes into effect. They will gather to pray for immigrant neighbors and law enforcement and offer information for congregations.

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