A Category 4 hurricane in Texas, followed by flooding that brought raging water halfway up their front doors, didn't wash out a small congregation 25 miles northwest of Houston for long. Christ United UCC in Cypress returned to their fellowship hall for worship on Sunday. "If you look past the water, you see God's hands at work doing marvelous things in people's hearts – wonderful," Christ United Pastor the Rev. Jeffrey Willey told his congregation on Sept. 10.Read more
Melinda Webster followed the news of Hurricane Irma closely as the storm approached the Southern Florida shores. Faced with the decision to evacuate, Webster and her 97-year-old mother left Tallahassee and drove north to Ohio to avoid Irma's path of destruction. Webster and her mother are staying with family in the small town of Tiffin, Ohio, for the week. And at least for one Sunday, they were welcomed guests at Trinity UCC.Read more
Help Hurricane Harvey survivors by using this bulletin insert to encourage support for our disaster relief efforts. Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday, August 25 as a Category 4. The storm has caused widespread flooding and significant damage across southern Texas and Louisiana. It will require a wide response.
An Epic Storm needs an Epic Response
Hurricane Harvey Response
The UCC Disaster Ministries is already engaged in response by supporting partners and planning for recovery. Giving to the Harvey appeal ensures that 100% of your support will be used for disaster relief and rehabilitation targeting the unique needs of vulnerable individuals and families. We do this by being nimble and adaptable in each disaster which allows us to fill gaps in services through provisions of spiritual care, community organizing, repair and reconstruction of homes, tools, building materials and volunteer coordination.
Please pray for continued strength and resolve for those whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Please also pray for the First Responders, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey, now and in the days, months, and years to come.
Donate Money. The response and rebuilding will be long-term. Your generous contribution now makes this long-term response possible. www.ucc.org/disaster_hurricane_harvey.
Assemble CWS Clean-up Kits. The UCC has matching grants available, even if you previously assembled kits in 2017: www.ucc.org/disaster_2017_matching_grants_for_cws_kits_home_page
Every loss we experience needs a corresponding period of grieving. The length of time and depth of grief should correspond to the nature of the loss. The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is the same. Some are deeply impacted, with loss of loved-ones, homes, valuables, memories; while others may have been impacted only by images they saw in the news.
Whatever the connection, it is important to know that a loss has taken its toll on many. And it will take many to help those deeply impacted, recover. Let them know they are not alone.
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
Let Us Pray
One: O God of mercy and God of grace, strengthen us during this time of turmoil, loss, and grief. Help us to lean on you. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Help us to provide a helping hand to all who need it. Help us to lend our hearts to the broken-hearted.
All: God in your mercy, hear our prayer.
The House of Hope Haiti is excited about a new project that will eventually become a four-year program to teach ways to treat water in developing countries.Read more
It rained almost constantly the last 10 or 12 days nearing the end of the rainy season in Timor. That has meant, among other things, that the municipal water supply resembled what you see when you look at a mud puddle. In fact, local authorities turned off the water supply. Why have a faucet if, what comes out is muddy?Read more
Across East Africa, one can easily witness the distress on people, livestock and the entire natural environment. Water wells have dried up, and food is scarce.
Help us reach our goal to raise $50,000 by Sunday, May 21, a day declared by the World Council of Churches as the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine!
Make a tear drop/map pin out of colorful paper (instructions below)
Use it as a prop while reading the short script during announcements, in adult Bible study, Sunday school, or fellowship hour.
Have the instructions available with various paper sizes and colors so people can make their own tear drop/map pins as a tangible reminder of the offering
= hold the visual like a tear drop
= hold the visual like a map pin
= In West Timor, a father is crying because his child is hungry
=Through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, You are Here for that
father with emergency food supplies and crop storage techniques.
= In West Virginia, a family is crying because their home was flooded…
=Through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, You are Here with
that family with support to rebuild their home.
= In Greece, a young woman is crying because she is fleeing from war,
but borders are closed…
= Through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, You are Here for her
with medical and hygienesupplies and advocacy for her future.
= In times of human suffering and need,
= You are Here for our neighbors through your gifts to the
One Great Hour of Sharing offering.
Remind the congregation the date the offering will be received. Tell them they can give during the regular offering by using the special envelopes, or they can write the name of the offering in the memo line of their check. Coin boxes should also be collected on the designated offering day.
How to make a teardrop/map pin:
Fold a sheet of paper in half. Cut on an angle from the folder corner to the top, making the sides thin with a rounded top. Color and use as the prop. You may want to color one side in an exciting color, with the other side a single color.
Have fun with it. If you would like to share how this goes in your setting, take pictures and email your story to email@example.com.
Shaymaa and her family are two time refugees, from Iraq to Syria and from Syria to the United States. They are now rebuilding their lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where Shaymaa works as an assistant teacher.Read more
The Syria crisis dates back to 2011, when protesters hoped for political and economic reform. Now, half the population has been displaced.Read more
A summary, updated in early June, of the April 2016 Ecuador earthquakes disaster and what United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is doing to help relief and recovery. JUST ADDED TO THE PAGE: an Ecuador earthquake bulletin insert, materials for children, a youth activity and a bookmark.Read more