Hurricane Harvey Updates:
(This money will be used to provide meals, supplies, etc. here in Montgomery.)
 
(This money goes to the Annual Conference for their Relief efforts)

September 6 Update

To My Church Family,   It was so good to worship together last Sunday. Though it feels like Hurricane Harvey is in the rear view mirror for much of Montgomery, the terrible aftermath is very much alive in the community. MUMC members are dealing with home damage, there are mountains of wet sheet rock, carpet, and furniture in places like River Plantation and Kingwood. Once again, I want to thank you for your response...for bringing cookies and brownies over the weekend, the ongoing , tireless work of the Cooking and Baking ministries, and your financial generosity. I want express particular gratitude to Steve Freeman and the Cookers, as well as Susan Levine and the Bakers for their leadership in MUMC’s Harvey relief efforts. Through these ministries, our congregation is playing a significant role among the community of churches. Looking forward,
let me share some opportunities to plug in:
  • The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and its Texas arm, are in need of "flood buckets" so that responders can clean out homes. Bucket materials have been purchased (approximate cost is $65/flood bucket) and volunteers are needed to assemble them following the 11:00 services this Sunday. Contact Beth Taylor if you are interested.
  • Come by the Faith Center, see the cooking and baking operations, and there may be a place for you to plug in.
  • The Children's area at the Lone Star Convention Center Shelter is in desperate need for volunteers from 3:00 until 9:30 each evening through next Wed, Sept 13. The children return from school at 3:00 each day & the parents are out looking for work, cleaning apartments, etc.  We are in need of volunteers who have current background checks. if you are able to help please call Linda Reed at 713-824-0361 or e-mail at reedlar2@gmail.com.
  •  The Falcon Steel Depot at 3575 Pollack St (Sign up on The Ark Church website)
  • Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM; click here.)
 Meanwhile, the normal and planned ministries of the church are resuming.  Hurricane Harvey may have been a barrier to regular financial giving, since we did not gather for worship on August 27th. I pray that we can still meet the stewardship goals that enable MUMC to build God's kingdom on a daily basis.   Tonight, the Choir will practice, small groups will gather; there will be Crowded House for students, and Wednesday Wisdom for kids.   On another note MUMC will host our annual Candy Roll Project on Wednesday, October 11th, beginning at 5:30; allowing our entire congregation to participate together; stuff the rolls, and send to children in Mexico (and we need toilet paper rolls)!   Once again, MUMC will be treated with the music of Rob Landes (October 1st, 3:00). Rob is the Artist in Residence at St Luke’s UMC, and is a multi-talented musician!  
I hope that you will join us for worship this Sunday:
  • We'll honor First Responders (law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS) in all three services.
  • In the Traditional services, the Choir will return
  • “Doc” Jones’s new “Bible 101” Discipleship Class begins Sunday, September 10, at 9:45 in the Sanctuary bring your Bible (no study guide). This class is 3 weeks long.
  • I'll begin a new series on the Sermon on “The Mount: The Kingdom Life”.
  • In the Forge, Pastor Cabe will talk about David and Goliath, and God's heart for the underdog.
 As always. I'm proud to be your pastor, and look forward to seeing Sunday!   With Joy! David
 


August 31 Update

Good Afternoon Friends,
 
Some of you may be feeling like Noah about now....as he saw a dove with an olive branch, and the waters recede. This impact of Hurricane Harvey continues to be devastating! But it does lift our spirits to see the sun. Like you, in the midst of tragedy, I continue to witness the love of God all around us, I want thank you all for your faithfulness. Let me share an update:
 
Yesterday, the Goslings took the donations (blankets, baby supplies, etc.) from MUMC to New Covenant Church in Spring. The remaining supplies were taken to Falcon Steel, a donation center at 3575 Pollock Dr.

Until further notice, all future MUMC donations should be restricted to 4" hamburger buns or bread, cookies, brownies (or mix, and baking ministry will make them)  and bottled water. Requests for significant numbers of BBQ sandwiches continue, and The MUMC Cookers anticipate that needs for food will rise. There is a shortage of bread; and since we're in for a long recovery, this ministry will be critical.
 
Following up on Tuesday's message, financial contributions can be made directly to MUMC's recovery efforts with checks payable to MUMC with "Harvey Relief" in the memo line. Donations can be made online by clicking on this link.  Any money not committed to an MUMC ministry for this recovery will be given to an agency responsible for aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey. 
 
Contributions may also be made to relief efforts through the Texas Annual Conference by clicking on this link.
 
For those looking to volunteer, the following opportunities are available:
Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM, 1555 Kuykendahl Rd, Houston
 
Interfaith of The Woodlands (sign up on their Website)
 
Falcon Steel of America, 3575 Pollock Dr., Conroe (sign up on The Ark Church website)
 
I'm looking forward to being with you Sunday morning as we sing loud, and worship a risen savior who gives us ongoing strength and hope for the long haul!
 
In Christ,
David


Storm Update August 29

Dear MUMC Family, As always, it is so wonderful to see our congregation in action. You are the hands and feet of Christ. I want to share a few more "operational" updates with you:
 
  • Tomorrow's Promise Pre-School will have their first day on Monday, September 11th. This is a one week delay.
  • This weekend The Family Retreat has been cancelled as well as all other meetings for the week, except AA and AL ANON (no nursery)
  • I said earlier that a link would be published to donate directly to the efforts by the Texas Annual Conference to address the needs Hurricane Harvey flood victims. That link is forthcoming.
In the meantime, please know that our communion offering this Sunday will go to the Conference efforts for this recovery effort. Please make checks payable to "MUMC," and in the memo line, write "Hurricane Harvey Recovery."   As always, please drive safely.   Thank you again for your generosity and willing hearts!   In Christ,
David


August 29

To My MUMC Family,

Here's an update on the status of our community, what MUMC is currently doing, show you can participate:  
  • The Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe (9055 Airport Rd) is our regional evacuation center. They are fully supplied with volunteers.
  • MUMC's Cooking ministry is supplying 400 sandwiches to the Convention Center for lunch on Friday. They delivered 20 sandwiches to the Montgomery area Fire Dept. today, and will feed the City of Montgomery, including the Police Dept.tomorrow.
  • New Covenant Church in Spring is a shelter as well and is in need of the following:
    Bottled water, pillows, towels, light blankets, toiletries, diapers, baby supplies, and snack foods. Place these items in the narthex before 5:00pm today, or between 9:00am and 11:00am tomorrow. Renee and Al Gosling will deliver them to New Covenant. Any additional items will be taken to the Convention Center.  You can contribute funds on line using their website www.newcc.org  
  • Information from our Bishop regarding donations through the Texas Annual Conference is forthcoming this afternoon, so I will issue a follow up email later today. In this note, I will include other ministry plans for the remainder of this week.
In Christ, David


August 28

To the MUMC Family, I hope that you are OK, and know that you are joining me as we pray for our community.  

The following is an update on the impact of the storm on our MUMC facility, and how we can respond as of now:
  • Water has pooled in areas of the Faith Center and hallway of the main building. Clean up began over the weekend, and is still in progress.

 

  • The Food Pantry and Children's Clothes Closet were in operation this morning

 

  • As mentioned in Friday's weekly note, MUMC is a Red Cross First Responders shelter. We, however, have not been contacted.

 

  • As you become aware of specific needs in your communities, please call one of the pastors, and we will work to find someone who can assist (David-903-452-1552; Cabe-512-585-2475; "Doc"-936-524-1626).

 

  • If your roads are clear, and you want help, Magnolia High School has become an overflow shelter, and needs volunteers.

MUMC is a very caring, outward focused congregation and I am proud of you! I will keep you informed as the week unfolds, and how we can meet the needs of the community. In Christ,

David