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MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR

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July 13, 2024

Dear Church Family,

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
– Psalm 46:1

Dear Church Family,

I pray that all of you are safe as we continue to seek relief in the days following Hurricane Beryl.  Many have downed fences and trees, some had damage to cars and homes, and most experienced power outages that lasted anywhere from hours to days. (Some are still waiting for their power to come on.)  These storms seem to be coming more frequently and are becoming more and more severe.  The recovery also seems to be taking longer and longer.

As difficult as these storms are, it is in the aftermath that we so often see the goodness of God.  People come outside of their homes and talk to one another.  Neighbors check in and offer to lend a hand.  Linemen leave their homes and families (who are also in the dark) to help put the power grid back together.  Sunday School class members reach out and encourage one another.

I want you to know that the church is here for you too.  We are setting up an e-mail account, which should be active by Monday midday, that can be used to let us know if you need help recovering from Hurricane Beryl.  E-mail [email protected] after noon on Monday to let us know how we can assist you.

I also want you to encourage you, if you are able, to be the church to those needing help.  If you would like to help, let us know by e-mailing [email protected]after noon on Monday so that we can connect you with opportunities to serve.  If you would like to give a financial gift to assist with the recovery in our region, you give online, selecting Disaster Relief as the fund.

I hope, as you reflect on your experience over the last few days, that you can witness to your experience of God as your refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.  Share good news with your neighbors.  Encourage those who are working in the heat and the rain to restore your power.  Help wherever you can; for when you do, you help others experience the goodness of God.

Yours In Christ,

Pastor Lance
Rev. Lance Richards
Senior Pastor

[email protected]

Power is not fully restored on West Campus, so we will gather a little differently tomorrow.

On West Campus, we will worship under the Quillian Pavilion tomorrow morning.  There will be a 9:00 a.m. Traditional Service and an 11:00 a.m. Source/Altar-Umoja Combined Service.  There will be no Sunday School or Nursery available on West Campus as our facilities are without air conditioning.  Chairs will be provided under the pavilion and we encourage you to dress casually.

Our Downtown Campus never lost power and will operate on a normal schedule.  Sunday School classes will meet at their regular time and Nursery and Children’s Church will be available.

We hope to see you all tomorrow in worship!

Dear Friends,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the warm welcome my family and I received on July 7 at both campuses. With my wife and I each serving a different pastoral appointment, it is rare for us to have the joy of worshiping in the same place.

I know it was a difficult day for some to be present between the holiday weekend and the approaching hurricane, so I am eager to meet those of you who could not be there. I was also only able to worship in two of our four services, so I look forward to being with Altar-Umoja and The Source in the near future, as well as visiting our many Sunday School classes and other studies.

I do hope you will reach out to me if there is anything I can do for you. Becca, Samuel, and I look forward to being connected with the church family here at First Methodist Houston for a long time.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven
Rev. Steven Newcomb
Congregational Care and Adult Discipleship Pastor
[email protected]

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