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Special Offering

Three years ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast and then hung around for days. Our state, city, church and community were impacted.
Volunteers from all over the country gave of their time and resources. Our church stepped up and "set the standard for disaster recovery." We opened our doors and our hearts and became a lifeline for so many people in our community and continued to do so for years. If fact, the disaster case management team from the conference only recently moved out in July.

Now others need our help.

Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on August 27 and left a devastating wake of destruction behind. One of the most difficult challenges faced by smaller communities following a natural disaster is that news coverage focuses on specific areas hit the hardest. Many times, these smaller communities don't receive the resources they need until much later down the line. We saw this following Hurricane Harvey and the focus on Houston and Rockport, but not so much on Port Lavaca, Victoria or Bloomington. This is why it is imperative that local organizations and churches step up to fill the gap.

First United Methodist Church in Orange, Texas is doing just that. Orange, Texas (population 18,000) experienced the most damage from Laura's wrath in Texas. Though damage was far less than in nearby Lake Charles, LA, parts of the area are expected to be without power and water for several week. FUMC Orange is collecting items needed for the less fortunate, feeding approximately 300 people per day in their community and leading teams to perform the physical jobs of removing branches and debris. The ongoing COVID crisis may well prevent response teams from volunteering in as many numbers as usual. Because of this, recovery may take longer and will certainly be more expensive in the long run.

FUMC Victoria is accepting donations to send to FUMC Orange to assist them in their hurricane recovery ministry.

Please consider making a donation today!

Healthcare Workers Appreciation

I think we can all agree that COVID-19 has had an overwhelming impact on our day-to-day lives. 2020 has been a year characterized by isolation, upended schedules, mental exhaustion, financial hardship, and devastating loss of life. And as much as we’ve all had to cope with the different forms of disruption created by this virus, the doctors, nurses, and staff at our hospitals have been pushed to their limits physically and emotionally as they’ve tried to keep up with the role COVID-19 has played in our community.

During the month of September, we would like to invite you to join in First UMC’s continued efforts to Be The Church by serving as a source of encouragement and appreciation to the hospital workers who have labored so hard to keep us well and to care for those we love. We will be collecting snacks and encouraging notes to take to Citizens, DeTar Navarro, and DeTar North to give the workers a little pick-me-up in their breakrooms and to let them know that they remain in our thoughts and prayers. If you would like to contribute to this outreach project, you can drop off individual-sized, prepackaged snacks and handwritten notes (3 copies for the 3 hospitals) to the church office through Monday, September 28th.

Or if you’d rather make a financial contribution and have us do the shopping, you can do that, too, by giving on our church website (fumcvictoria.com) or mailing a check and designating your gift as “Hospital Outreach.”

Thank you for helping make a difference!