Harvey

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HARVEY FLOOD RECOVERY GIVING

(update 9/4)

We are still meeting each morning at 8am at the church to pray, to plan, and then be sent out to homes to serve. Lunch and dinner provided for workers.

(UPDATE 9/3)

To the people of Baytown and everyone from all over the country who has donated time, money, and supplies this week, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Because of your donations we have served over 1,200 families by providing food, water, and supplies during this difficult time. We have also been able to send out well supplied work crews to help families begin the clean up process. We are off to a strong start, but there is so much more to do. As people go back to work and school this week we will be tapering off our hours as a distribution center and begin focusing on the long term recovery process.
As of Sunday, September 3, we will no longer be accepting supply donations. However, you can still give financially and we will continue to serve those in need in the coming weeks and months. You can find the giving link on our website or right here on our Facebook page.
Thank you so much for giving, and we pray that you will all know and experience the grace and love of Christ in the days to come.

(Update 9/2)

 Church Family: We are in need of small groups to provide lunches and dinners for our clean up crews Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. These meals are a great way to serve and say thank you to our volunteers! Please contact 2814271741 to help!

(UPDATE 9/1)

On Sunday, we’ll have one worship service at 10am.

After service, those in attendance are invited to stick around for a brief Q & A with some folks who might may be able to answer some questions birthed out of Harvey’s impact:

1. Baytown City Councilperson Terry Sain
2. Mount Belviue City Councilperson Ricky Shelton
3. Demolition and Construction: Mark Doggett
4. Automotive claims: Alesia Pennington

These folks are not soliciting, but will simply be available to give broad thoughts in their respective areas.

(Update 9/1)

Each morning at 8am we are meeting at the church to pray, to form groups based on needs, and then serve.

We are in need of cleaning supplies and laundry detergent.

We are currently in need of canned meat, canned veggies, small jelly, Ragu and spaghetti.

(Update 9/1)

We are now running low on food at the church, having provided food for over 1,000 families the past two days. We are in need of meal type food (tuna, spaghetti, sauce, etc). We do not need snack type food.

(UPDATE 9/1)

We are still in need of crews to go help clean out homes. Please contact Bill at 832.514.9797 or call the church.

(update 8/31)


As we continue to monitor needs hour by hour, we are seeing a steady stream of people come through our donation center. Please continue to bring non-perishable food items, bottled water, and cleaning supplies (including masks and gloves). If you want to volunteer and aren't sure how, call or come to the church. We will put you to work.

(UPDATE 8/31)

As we shift from relief to recovery, our donation needs have also shifted. In anticipation of large relief efforts arriving from outside the area and in coordination with other local facilities, we will no longer be accepting certain donations from individuals. These items include toiletries, paper goods, clothes, and non-perishables. We are still in need of cleaning supplies such as bleach, Lysol wipes, masks, fans, gloves, trash bags, sponges, towels, etc. Also, our Harvey fund continues online and we encourage you to give there. 100% of the money collected will be distributed to flood victims in our community. We will continue to be a distribution center for those needing food, water, hygiene supplies, and clothes. Thanks to everyone who has given--we have seen an incredible outpouring of love and generosity in the name of Jesus! On a related note, reports are that the Beaumont area is without water for the next 24-36 hours. Please pray for our friends in the Golden Triangle.

(Update 8/30)

Dear church family,

Our relief efforts continue today (Wednesday). We are still accepting donations at the church and are actively distributing to the community. Most needed items include: toiletries, new socks and underwear, towels, blankets, pillows, toilet paper, water, and non-perishable food items.

As waters quickly recede, we know you are anxious to start helping with clean up. We are beginning the process today. Our two biggest needs right now are cleanup volunteers and the items listed below:

Respirator masks
Dehumidifiers
Bleach
Cleaning supplies
Fans
Box blades
Spray bottles
Lysol
Shop vacs
Brooms
Trash bags
Screwdrivers
Gloves
Crow bars
Scrapers
Rubbermaids
Wheelbarrows

If you are willing to donate these items, bring them to the church. If you own tools and are willing to use them in the cleanup process, pack them up and bring them when you come to volunteer. Dress appropriately for water and mud. Bring drinking water with you if you have it.

To volunteer, please come to the church or call 281-427-1741.

Your kindness and generosity throughout this event has been outstanding. Let’s continue to serve the Lord with gladness.

UPDATE (8/29)

Dear Friends,

Hello to each of you. I pray that you are well in this time, remembering that Jesus will never leave us or forsake us.

Here is an update regarding the church:

1. The city has modified its request of the church. We will still take those displaced, however because of our location (geographically central), the church will be the distribution center for supplies for the city. The gym will be the primary storage facility. We are on stand-by to receive outside relief groups.

2. The church is now asking for and receiving the following items:
Diapers
Pillows
Blankets/sleeping bags
Air mattresses
Towels
Toiletries
Laundry detergent
Foods
>breakfast foods
>milk
>eggs
>bread
>non-perishables

3. If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, please call 832.514.9797. We have amazing folks with boats, large trucks, waders, and huge hearts willing to help if possible.

4. Relief. Our church is currently coordinating with several relief groups.
We have offered our church to base/house to 3 relief groups (much like we did with Ike). Ultimately, it is their decision, but if this comes to fruition we will need volunteers to “host” these groups 24/7. Each group is monitoring the situation in Texas, prioritizing damage and needs.

We have several families who have offered to open their homes to those displaced by the rains/flooding. Please call 832.514.9797 for more information. If you would like to open your home, please call the same number.

Our church can house folks, too.
Memorial Baptist has become an official secondary shelter for the city of Baytown. If you would like to assist them, please call 832.262.6178.

5. We have tried, through the deacons and a home group, to contact all homebound and widows. The church has offered its services if needed and the callers are being asked to pray with the homebound. If you would like to help in this simple ministry, please call 832.514.9797.

6. All church-related activities for the week of August 28th are canceled.

7. There will be one service on Sunday morning, September 3rd at 10am. There will not be Bible Study on that day.

We will keep you posted on needs and relief efforts.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16

Making contact with the church is a challenge, so please forward this email to others in your small group, home group, and in the church family.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Bill

A Word From The Pastor

Dear Friends,

We are part of a once-in-a-millennial rain event. During these incredibly intense days, let me encourage you to pause and remember that you are a child of the Most High and Jesus is your strength. In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul reminds us that he was shipwrecked, spent a day and night in the open sea, experienced danger from rivers, went without sleep, food, and water. He went cold and naked, losing everything. How could he keep going? Because of these life-altering moments , Paul was blessed to realize that in his weakness something stunning occurred: the power of Jesus rested in him and upon him—and it propelled him:

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Shivering, on edge, emotionally drained, and exhausted, Paul uniquely experienced Jesus in his most challenging moments. May we each reach up to our Lord and Savior—and experience His strength in these days. Friend, you are a child of God. You are not forgotten. You are strong in Him. God is doing a mighty work in your life—rest in His strength.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Bill