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
masks
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!

 

 

 

EVERYONE IS INVITED!!

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.

PLEASE CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE AT (281)332-1557 TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP OR BE HELPED.

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

 

INTERNET SERVICE

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.

 CELL PHONE CHARGING STATION

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.