Dear Friends,
As we hear from our communities about the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Beryl, my heart aches along with yours. Beryl unleashed heavy rains and powerful winds along the Texas coast Monday, leaving more than 2 million homes and businesses without power.

Streets flooded with fast-rising waters and first responders raced to rescue those stranded. Our Disaster Readiness Office based at our Mission Center in Conroe is working to assess the impact and is making preparations to respond. Soon we will communicate more specific needs and a way for volunteer teams to sign up to help. You can offer support now the following ways:

Basic Needs – Basic needs are defined by the name, “basic,” Please limit your contributions to the Amazon Wish List

Muck, Gutting, & Tarping – When it is safe to move about the community, seek neighbors to help. Limit your activity to homes that are owned by the family living there. No rental properties, please, unless it is to help a tenant remove and clean their personal property ONLY. A Muck, Gut & Tarp checklist with tools and guidelines is available here. 

Donate funds to help. Please give to the Disaster Fund so we may deliver funds efficiently and directly to where help is needed the most right now. You may also give by writing a check to The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Write “Disaster Fund” in the memo line of your check.Place the check in the offering plate of any United Methodist Church 

OR send a check to the conference office at:
C/O Treasurer’s Office
The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
5215 Main St.Houston, TX 77002 

Text to Give
You can now use our “Text to Give” option. Simply text “DisasterRelief” to (713) 489-3630 and you will be asked to respond with your gift amount. For updates with the latest information, please visit: www.txcumc.org/beryl 

Let us continue to pray for the safety of the first responders, for our churches, pastors and all those in affected areas, and for the strength of our communities. May God’s grace and mercy be with all of us as we work together to support one another. 

With faith and hope,
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey