Dear Christ United Members and Friends,
Our church has a rich history of serving those who have been touched by natural disaster. The creation of Hotel Katrina in 2005 remains the model for how one congregation can stand in the midst of the storm and provide transforming ministries to those in need. Many of you have asked about the possibility of Hotel Harvey. Please read through to the end of this email where I will address those questions.
Currently the City of Plano has us on stand-by as an emergency evacuee shelter. As of Monday afternoon the number of evacuees has doubled and there is likelihood that we will be asked to open our church to 100 Harvey evacuees. We are coordinating with a number of governmental and church agencies to stay abreast of all the facts and to be prepared to serve in any way we are needed.
While we wait for further instruction, here are some ways you can help:
1. Monetary donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will help provide immediate needs in these communities. You can give online at umcor.org or you may make donations to Christ United with a note that the funds are designated for hurricane relief.
2. This Sunday, September 3, you will see our Youth at the North and South entrances selling lemonade and collecting cash donations for the Harvey relief effort.
3. Our Youth will be assembling Flood Buckets and Health Kits this Sunday. If you or your small group is interested in learning how you can assemble flood buckets or health kits, go to: umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies.
4. Christ United’s Disaster Response Team (DRT), will likely be called to the Houston area sometime in the next few weeks to assist with clean-up. We will have DRT volunteers at the North and South entrances this Sunday to let you know how you can help. If you are interested in learning more about DRT, go to: cumc.com/drt.
5. Hotel Harvey. Many of you remember the remarkable ministry provided when we created Hotel Katrina in 2005. We have experienced team members from Hotel Katrina who are already poised and ready to build the infrastructure necessary for Hotel Harvey: housing, food services, laundry services, social services, and hospitality. This will require over 100 volunteers and monetary donations if we are called upon. We will keep you updated through our website cumc.com, social media and if necessary additional emails.
On behalf of all those in need, thank you for your prayers, your donations, and your time.
Reverend Don Underwood