Hurricane Harvey Disaster & Recovery Assistance

Following are updates and messages from our pastor, Rev. Karen Jones, regarding how you can help with the recovery efforts through your service as a volunteer or with your donations.  Thank you for providing food for our evacuees, assisting with donating a “Flood Bucket” and donating on Sunday, September 3 with your communion rail offerings at Center FUMC, which was sent to support people displaced by Harvey and recovery efforts.

September 12, 2017:

A special thank you from the Center FUMC Missions Committee:

“Thank you so very much for all of your support for our FUMC Missions.  Your donations of $3,300 for Hurricane Harvey went to Deb and Keith Tilley for their church, Faith United Methodist Church, in Orange, TX and $1,000 went to Deb and Keith Tilley for their home that was also flooded.  Your response was overwhelming.  With your love and support, we can do great things.  May God Bless.”

September 5, 2017:

All flood relief supplies are on the trailer and headed to Orange tomorrow.  We do not anticipate sending another load.  Please find another way to get supplies to the coast.  Thank you for your outpouring of generosity to our neighbors to the South.

September 2, 2017:

From The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church:  Bishop Scott Jones expresses a heart-felt thank you to all who have stepped up and offered assistance to those in need. This recovery is going to take a lot of time and effort and there will be many opportunities to help our neighbors in the future. Give to flood relief:

From The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church – Volunteering After a Flood:  How to be safe when you are volunteering after a flood.


September 2, 2017:

So, this is Karen.

I ran in to Judge Rafferty this afternoon. She is creating a facebook page called Shelby County Cares to coordinate efforts by individuals, churches and other groups. What I have learned today is that there are overlaps of services in several areas and no services in others. We want the evacuees in our area to be aware of how to access the services they need while they are in our community.

Tonight, we will serve dinner to evacuees at 6:30 in our Fellowship Hall. Greeters, servers and clean-up crew are once again needed. No need to call. Just show up! It worked well Thursday night.

I do have one gentleman who needs a ride to church in the morning for the 11am service. So call me about that act of kindness and I will give you his information.

Please remember that our communion rail offering tomorrow will go to the annual Conference’s efforts to help people rebuild after Harvey.

If that is not your cup of tea, make a flood bucket. Check an earlier Facebook post about how to create those. Deb and Keith Tilley will be back at their church in Orange tomorrow morning and hope to be in their home by Monday. They need all the buckets we can put together for the citizens of Orange. They will distribute them for us.

So…. you can serve tonight, give $$$$ tomorrow and/or make a flood bucket. Watch this Facebook page along with the being created as we speak, Shelby County Cares, for more needs and services as we discover them. Karen

Also, there is an ERT training planned for next week in Tyler if anyone wants to go so you go help with the clean-up.

August 31, 2017: 

PLEASE HELP WITH CLEANING KITS!  We are collecting “Flood Buckets’ for the flood ravaged areas in Texas. If you would like to help with this, please bring your “Flood Buckets” next week to the church and we will take them to Deb & Keith Tilley in Orange, Texas. Below you will find what is needed in each bucket. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (936) 598-2707.

Cleaning Kit Value:$65.00 per kit
Cleaning Kit Materials
1 5 -Gallon bucket with resealable lid
Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner
•Liquid laundry detergent One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
•Liquid household cleanero12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water
No spray cleaners
•Dish soapo16-28 oz. bottle, any brand
•50 Clothespins
•Clothesline One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines Cotton or plastic
•7 Sponges No cellulose sponges due to mold issues Remove from pkg
• 24-Roll heavy-duty trash bags 33-45 gallon sizes Remove from the box
•18 Cleaning wipes Handi-wipes or reusable wipes No terry cleaning towels Remove
from packaging
•1 Can air freshener Aerosol or pump
•1 Insect-repellant spray 6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
•2 Pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves Should be durable enough for multiple uses
Remove from packaging
• 1 Pair work gloves either All Cotton All Leather Cotton with Leather Palm
•5 Scouring pads Remove from wrapper
No stainless steel, Brillo pads or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
•1 Scrub brush Plastic or wood handle
•5 Dust masks
Assembly Directions
Place all liquid items in the bucket first. Place remaining items in the bucket fitting them around and between the liquid items. Sponges, scouring pads, clothespins and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.
Important Notes
•All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
•All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please.
•If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.
•If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.

August 31, 2017:

From Rev. Karen Jones:  Special thanks to our members (cooks, cleaners, greeters, supply providers, piano players, decorators,….) members if Patroon Baptist, Sherry Harding from Shelby county Outreach and her family, Molly from Salvation Army, friends and neighbors from the community, staff and others I may have missed who made tonight’s dinner for Harvey evacuees a success. Thanks also to Town and Country Realty for supplying sodas and Shelby Savings Bank for supplying paper goods. Members of Rehobeth UMC in Carthage for providing supplies to the evacuees and desserts. A special thanks to several of our youngest members for making young evacuees feel special! I don’t have my list in front of me so I hope I included everyone in some way. I know you each helped out of your faith and faithfulness not for recognition. But THANK YOU! You made our new neighbors feel welcomed and cared for. It looked like the church to me! We’ll do it all again on Saturday, September 2. Need helpers about 5 or 5:30 to serve dinner at 6:30.

August 29, 2017:

From Bishop Scott J. Jones:

Flood Relief:  Options for Giving

Appeal for Funds For Hurricane Harvey Response

Dear friends,
The southern part of the Texas Annual Conference has suffered one of the most catastrophic floods in our nation’s history. Harris County has averaged 33 inches of rain between Friday and Tuesday morning and the rain has not yet stopped. More than 30,000 persons have been evacuated from their homes. 8 persons have been confirmed dead. It is too early to calculate how much damage has been done, but already predictions are being made that this ranks as one of the worst natural disasters in US history.
Christians should respond by loving our neighbors in the name of Christ. We United Methodists are ready and able to do so. During the flooding, courageous clergy and laity have been at work. Now we are looking at the recovery. The Texas Annual Conference recently dedicated a disaster response depot in Conroe which will help us respond. We have been involved in disaster relief before, both locally and around the country and once again we are getting ready to serve.
But we cannot do this alone—we need your help. The first need is for prayer for the rain to end and for all those affected. We are grateful for all the support and prayers we have received so far. Keep them coming!
Second, we need financial support. You can send money to the United Methodist Committee on Relief at Designate your gift to U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670.
As another option, you can donate to the Texas Annual Conference at You can give online, by text, or by mailing a check to the Conference at 5215 Main, Houston, 77002.Please put “Harvey Response” in the memo line. We also know that the Rio Texas Conference needs help, too.
There will come a time when volunteers will be welcome. Our past experience says this recovery will take years instead of months. When such efforts are useful, we will invite and host teams. With God’s help, we can be a part of putting people’s lives back together. That’s what we do.
Grace and peace,

Scott Jones

August 29, 2017:

Message from Bishop Scott J. Jones:

Dear sisters and brothers,

We have truly been through a most difficult time over the last few days and it is not over. I am grateful for the many ways in which you have served Christ and the people of our area. District Superintendents and others have shared stories of how you have cared for people, opened your churches as shelters, rescued people and been involved in serving others. Thank you! I am proud to be a United Methodist clergy serving Christ in these difficult times.

Many of you have been flooded out or evacuated and yet have done what you can to make a difference. Please keep yourselves and your families safe.

This afternoon I hope to publish a letter about how people can contribute money. There will come a time when volunteers can help the clean up effort. As usual, the UMC will be involved in the recovery for the long haul. I am sure this will take years rather than months. But we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ in the midst of disaster. That is who we are as United Methodist Christians. I am honored to be in this with you.

May the Lord bless you and keep you so you can bless others!

August 29, 2017:

St. Theresa Catholic Church located at 717 FM 2974, Center, Texas has opened their shelter for Harvey evacuees.

August 28, 2017:

Evacuees from Harvey are beginning to make their way to Center. Sherry Harding and I met with 3 families today and are trying to meet their immediate needs. One family has an 11 week old infant and another has a diabetic grandmother who is blind. They left with the clothes they had on and one change of clothes. Bro. Gordan at Hillcrest Baptist Church (901 Southview Cir, Center, TX 75935) has opened Hillcrest as a shelter so we can start sending folks there. Food that is easy open and microwaveable would be helpful. Drop offs of food and gas cards are being accepted at the church.  Our communion rail offering Sunday at Center FUMC will go to support folks displaced by Harvey and recovery efforts.  Center folks: It looks like Harvey will makes his way through Shelby County on Thursday, August 31. If you need anything and can’t get out of your homes or don’t want to get out in the bad weather, we can assist you with getting what groceries and the like that you might need. Give us a call at (936) 598-2707.  Thank you.