Like many of you, I have been both riveted and horrified by the images and news created by Hurricane Harvey. And I’m sure you share my discomfort with feeling powerless in the face of such tragedy. It is difficult to see so much devastation and so many people that are personally affected. This truly is an event of “Biblical proportions”, and it will take an effort of Biblical proportions to clean up the mess and to rebuild and to help people regain their lives – an effort that will not be measured in days and weeks, but years. As waters recede, we will be among many that monitor ways that help is needed and communicate that to you.
Stonebridge UMC is a certified shelter facility. We have been in contact with the Red Cross and will be utilized if needed to house those escaping the disaster. The Red Cross has the mobile numbers of some staff members, including my own, so that we can be contacted quickly and easily.
There are several ways you can help immediately:
- The communion offering this Sunday is designated for hurricane relief through the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR). If you are writing a check, please make it out to the church and note that it is for “UMCOR disaster relief.”
- You can go directly to the UMCOR website for other information or to donate directly at http://www.umcor.org, 100% of which will go to relief efforts.
- We have additional info on our website at http://www.mysumc.org/harvey.
- While we are anxious to be the physical hands and feet of Christ, the greatest immediate need for relief efforts is monetary support. Watch for future opportunities to provide tangible, hands-on help as work teams are assembled and sent into the affected areas.
And it remains difficult to wait. The most important thing we can do is pray: prayers for safety, for relief, wisdom, courage, strength, hope, and trust. And then some.