Brian Roberts – District SuperIntendent
To All Churches on the Cape Atlantic District:
As we are all aware, Hurricane Harvey has and continues to wreak havoc in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas. It is during times of great distress that we often want to reach out and help those in their dire need and yet are not quite sure what we can do. Here are a few things I would ask us to do:
- Pray without ceasing before meetings, in worship, and with groups in your churches. We need to be praying for people who have lost loved ones, homes, businesses, schools, and churches. We need to pray for first responders and those headed to help for all the stamina they will need and the devastation they will witness. Pray for the clergy and laity who will be the face of Christ when people’s faith will be challenged.
- Please remember to encourage your congregations to support UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) 100% of every dollar given goes to help. You can either remit your gift through our annual conference or at the UMCOR website. Please make sure you are using advance #901670 as requested by both UMCOR and the Texas Annual Conference.
- If your Church wishes to make cleaning kits or flood buckets, be sure to follow carefully what is requested on the UMCOR website. umcor.org
- Please be watching for further information to be coming from our Annual Conference in the days ahead.
Remember this is a catastrophic event and it will be years of recovery. Like Hurricane Sandy, much help will be needed over time and we will see how, when, and where we can partner to be the body of Christ.
In the meantime let us remember what the Apostle Paul said that “nothing in all of creation (not even a hurricane) will be able to separate us from the love of god that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
In Christ’s Service,