LCUMC's Response to Hurricane Harvey's Effects

September 14th

The church is no longer collecting items for Harvey disaster relief.  And we received word that the disaster relief center at FM518 and I45 is closing down after Saturday and moving to the League City Civic Center.  We appreciate all the generosity of the community and pray everyone who is still in need is able to get what is needed from the Civic Center.

September 4th


Want to help with needed items?  Make Hygiene kits!

Hygiene Kit Materials

    • 1 hand towel
      • o   15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches
      • o   Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable
    • 1 washcloth
    • 1 comb
      • o   Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long
      • o   No pocket combs or picks please
      • o   Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth
    • 1 metal nail file or nail clippers
      • o   No emery boards, please
    • 1 bath-size soap
      • o   3 oz. and larger sizes only
      • o   No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content
      • o   Do not remove from original packaging
    • 1 toothbrush
      • o   Adult size only
      • o   Do not remove from original packaging
    • 6 adhesive bandages
      • o   ¾ inch to 1 inch-size
      • o   Common household Band-Aids
    • 1 plastic bag
      • o   One-gallon size sealable bag only




September 3rd


As of September 1st, these are supplies needed ASAP

Air Freshner
Scrub Brushes
scouring pads
dish soap (liquid)...
work gloves
bug spray ( for body)
Clorox wipes
disposable razors
hand sanitizer
new socks ( men and ladies)
adult toothbrushes
clean up rags

please bring to new church building.  Thank you to all who are so faithfully contributing and working in this loving project!





League City UMC invites our community in for a little rest and fellowship as we sup together on Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm.  There is no cost for this meal.  Come as you are and join with us as we feed both body and soul. 

 Community meal photo



August 30th


Pastor Joel's letter to the congregation


Dear LCUMC Family,

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, I wanted to touch base with you to let you know where we stand as a congregation.  As you know, the severity of this storm caught all of us by surprise.  Words such as “epic” and “unprecedented” are being used to describe an event many of us have never even imagined we would see unfold in our lifetime.  Some have said that it is not just a 100-year flood, but that it’s in the 500-800 year range.

It has been heartbreaking to watch as families have been escaping the flood waters, with just a pair of shoes and a back pack to take with them to the nearest shelter where they will receive much-needed assistance at least temporarily.  Children look at their surroundings in bewilderment, but to be quite honest, adults are doing the same thing.  This includes several of you who have lost so much in the flooding.

It has also been a joy, though, to watch so many men and women reaching out to help one another.  I remember one man in particular who epitomized so much of what is right in all of this.  A reporter asked him what he was going to do with his boat.  He said, “I’m going to save people!”  He and so many others have done just that.  This includes many of you who have been taking people into your homes, providing meals, providing transportation to others, and helping people in their homes with cleaning.

Here is a blessing for you: you have been specifically on peoples’ hearts and minds, too.  I have received phone calls and messages from people in Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, and Louisiana seeking to help in any way they can. 

Thankfully, over the past few days I have been able to contact many of you.  For those of you I was not able to contact, please know you were in my prayers.   

At this time, we are working hard to provide several forms of assistance.  You’ve hopefully received notice of these through email blasts and Facebook notices.  Here are some of the ways we have been at work:

  • Working with UMCOR and the Texas Annual Conference to establish LCUMC as a distribution point for flood buckets.  We will let you know as soon as possible when we will be able to make these available.
  • Establishing a work station to help people with insurance and FEMA applications.  
  • Collecting goods for additional flood buckets.
  • Beginning the process of organizing work teams to help those whose homes have been flooded.
  • Trying to establish communications through our Sunday School telephone chains with as many people as possible.
  •  Working to provide meals for people who have been displaced.
  • Contacting schools close to us to see how we might be able to assist them.


Some other pieces of information:

  • We will gather to worship this Sunday.  We will have only one service at 11:00AM, but it will be a holy time as we gather to remember the One who never leaves us.
  • Our new building has already become a blessing as we have reached out to people to meet their needs.
  • Our old building, sadly, received quite a bit of damage through flooding.  Our Trustees are working to clean and repair it now.

Blessings and peace to you all,

Pastor Joel



August 29th



The church has set up two desktop computers and three laptops for people to use.  If you wish to use your own equipment, please feel free to bring it along and make use of the available wifi.  Please remember to bring all the cables or connections you will need for your equipment.  The building will be open for use from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.


There is a station set up in the internet workarea where you can charge your electronic equipment.  Please bring all your cables.  All that is there is access to electricity.  



Evening of August 28th

League City United Methodist Church is preparing to utilize every resource it has to help its members in these difficult times.  The following list of activities will be organized and managed through our recovery period for Hurricane Harvey:

  1. Assistance to support shelters
  2. Home flooding clean-out e (if not to be covered by insurance)
  3. FEMA and/or Insurance claim assistance
  4. Congregation communication:  phone trees/Facebook/website/eBlasts
  5. Potentially:  preparation of hot meals for distribution (both within the church family and in the community)
  6. Coordinate with TAC Early Response/UMCOR for flood Bucket preparation and distribution; also for Hygiene kits. 
  7. Use Wesley House for family shelter.
  8. Set up and maintain Work Stations at Calder Road church site for internet access.
  9. Transportation service for NECESSARY trips:  groceries, doctor’s office, etc.
  10. Emotional support through Stephen Minister referrals

Local and federal agencies will coordinate their resources for the main population, while LCUMC will focus on needs within the congregational family.  There will be a list of coordinators with whom the receptionist at the church will make contact to initiate the response needed.  (Office Angels will be needed each day, all day, to receive calls and personal visits of people in need.  Please call the office if you have time and can safely travel to and from the church and will be available to help in this special response effort.)

It will take a little while for the team to get organized, but your need will be addressed as quickly as is possible.

This article has been prepared on Monday, August 28th.  As we get things better defined, more details will be posted here.

We pray you will be comforted, even in these difficult times, as the love of our Lord Jesus Christ flows to you by way of your church family.



Have you met Mike Santo? 

Mike joined League City United Methodist Church in 2008 after his family moved from Buffalo, NY to Houston.  He is a chemical engineer and has worked at Praxair since college (22 years).  
Mike serves God at LCUMC as a greeter and a lay reader and serves on the nominating and stewardship committees.  He coordinates our greeter teams,  schedules our lay readers and sings in the choir. In past years he has taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and worked with our evangelism and SPR teams.
He serves God in the community as Assistant Boy Scoutmaster with Troop 615 and coaches soccer. 
Seeing his son confirmed here was very memorable.  Another blessing is serving in our Food Truck Ministry. He says he is blessed because it allows him to be personally involved in helping people with an immediate need .   
His favorite hymn is  It is Well with My Soul .  Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns  is another favorite.    When asked for a favorite scripture Mike said, " I have so many favorite verses:  Romans 8:28,  1 Corinthians:13, Romans 8:31, Philippians 4:13.  But, I think the one I want to quote is Jeremiah 29:11.

"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Cliff Mantzel

Have you met Cliff Mantzel? 

Cliff joined League City UMC in 2012.  He retired after 12 years as the Facilities Director for First United Methodist Church,  Rusk, TX.  He serves God at LCUMC as a Lay Reader and in Food Truck Ministry.  He was involved in a Habitat for Humanity build and has traveled on mission trips with UM ARMY.  He is an active member of our Men@Ten Bible Study and Fellowship and on Sundays he makes sure his parents have a ride to church.


Jeremiah 29: 11 (" For I know the plans  I have for you," declares the  Lord, "plans to prosper  you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.") is a favorite.  
Cliff says he is always blessed by Pastor Joel's sermons and leaves church on Sunday feeling joyful.  He has enjoyed "Reading the Bible Through" each year for the past two years using the guide Joel gave him.   His Eye is on the Sparrow is a favorite hymn.


Have you met Robert and Sherry?

Robert and Sherry joined League City United Methodist Church in 1977.  Robert was a NASA Consultant for 32 years and recently retired from Futron after 12 years. He is a member of the North Georgia Conference and served as a pastor in Georgia.  He is currently a "Located" Pastor, which means that he is a member of LCUMC and, as a fully ordained minister, may perform all ministerial services with the permission of our Senior Pastor.

Sherry worked as a medical secretary and office manager in Dr. Fisher's practice for 20 years.  She has served God in the choir, as a trustee and on the education committee. She now serves on our Helping Hands ministry and as an Office Angel on Monday and Tuesday mornings. The Phillips have been active members of the Pairs and Spares Sunday School class for 38 years.   Robert has served on SPR, Admin Council, Finance, Sunday School teacher, and Food Truck Ministry.   He is also preaching in our Magnify contemporary worship service at 11:00am each Sunday.

Robert served as our Youth Director several years ago and felt blessed to minister to the youth during a very difficult time when the MYF President died from a football injury.

Andrea Pritchard says that Sherry is the reason she is a member of LCUMC.  She worked with Sherry and heard such good things about the church that she wanted to be part of it.

Favorite scriptures are in Romans 8.  Especially Romans 8: 38. "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."


Have you met Bob and June Dempsey? 



The Dempsey's joined League City UMC in 2009.    Bob is a retired civil engineer and worked at Chevron/Texaco.  He is a professional photographer  and has served God here as photographer in VBS, taking staff pictures for the church website, and portraits for Stephen Ministry.   He also serves in Food Truck Ministry.


June works as a speech pathologist and is a licensed realtor with Bayou Properties.  She serves God as Stephen Ministry Leader at LCUMC and says she is humbled and blessed to be able to walk with someone on the hallowed ground of their life during a difficult time.  She teaches Sunday School, does Children's Moment in worship, serves in Food Truck Ministry and on the Staff Parish Relations Committee.  June helps with clean up in Magnify and has taught Vacation Bible School.       She  serves on the Bay Area Turning Point Hot Line,  has work with Can Care, visiting oncology patients; and sails with Sailing Angels, (sailing with PTSD veterans and special needs children).


One of June favorite scriptures is 1 Corinthians 13: 13   "...and now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."