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The Pastor’s Pen

You no doubt have seen the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Historic wind, rain, and flooding have cost lives and damaged so many homes and businesses. I can’t imagine what it must be like to lose your home in a natural disaster such as this.

That’s where the United Methodist Committee on Relief, or UMCOR, comes into the picture. Among religious organizations that focus on disaster response and recovery, UMCOR is known as a “first in, last out” type of operation. I am aware that pride can be dangerous, but the ministry we United Methodists do together through the work of UMCOR is nothing short of incredible.

UMCOR as well as the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church have asked that churches, groups, and individuals do NOT self-deploy until they are invited into the disaster area. They have also asked that NO collections of clothing, food, and water be sent at this time.

However, there are tangible ways we can help. The most efficient way we can aid those in distress is through a contribution to UMCOR. 100% of UMCOR’s administrative costs are covered by church apportionments, so that means that 100% of your gift will go directly to people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. This should give us all great relief knowing that our gifts will be used efficiently and as intended. If you would like to make a financial donation to this cause, simply make your check out to “FUMC” and write “Hurricane” in the memo line.

Another way to help the relief effort is by assembling flood buckets. You can go to umcor.org, look at the bottom of the page, and click on “cleaning kit.” There you will find information to guide you in assembling your own flood bucket. Once assembled, you may simply bring it to the CLC where we will store our collected flood buckets until they are delivered to Tupelo for dispersement.

Please be in prayer for the people impacted by the Hurricane and subsequent flooding. Let me know if you have any questions regarding how you can help. Flood bucket assembly party anyone?