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May 22, 2020
West Campus Family,
I hope that you and yours are staying well! I have heard many pastors saying lately that the building may be closed, but the church certainly isn’t! In my opinion, that’s especially true at First Methodist.
Last Sunday, at the Downtown Campus, we had a blood drive. The need for blood in Houston is critical right now. The bank told me that they had one day’s supply on the shelves right now. First Methodist was able to provide life-saving supplies to help the shortage. We will be hosting a blood drive to further help at the West Campus on June 7th.More details will be available soon.
This week, we distributed meals at the West Campus through a partnership with KidzGrub. These meals went to help at-risk children from our Sneed Elementary and Altar-Umoja families. This week, we gave away 500 breakfasts and 500 lunches. That’s 1,000 meals! Wow! We are implementing safety procedures to protect our families and volunteers. We will continue doing this 5 days a week from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Contact Paula Niz at [email protected] to volunteer.
Our church has had meaningful engagements with new people online every week since this started. I have heard so much feedback from people that I’ve never met (and a few of you that I have!) about how God is at work in this season.
The church is still the church, and I am so thankful to see it at work. We still have June 7th penciled in as a date to return to campus for worship. As we prepare for that, you will hear more from Pastor Andy and me about measures that will be in place to keep our church family safe. The thing I don’t want you to forget as we enter this new season is this: the church is not the building. It never has been, and it never will be. My prayer is that as we come back, we will keep turning ourselves inside out, keep showing up for those who need us most in our neighborhood, and keep fervently seeking the will of God for what’s next.
I am thankful for each of you! Below you will find some additional announcements about the life of our church:
Parent Chat: Next Sunday, May 31st, at 3 p.m. – join our Children’s department and Susan Marsh, a certified Family Life educator, for a parent chat on Zoom. To get the Zoom invite, simply email Katie Calhoun at [email protected].
Put A Smile On A Child – Camp Quillian will be back this summer, helping children from across Houston renew old friendships and make new memories. Tuition for most families is reasonable, but many children still need assistance. Our goal is to give out $22,000 in scholarships this year – we are very near our goal!
Please consider sponsoring a child this summer. More information on how you can get involved can be found here.
Small Groups and Sunday School Classes – If you are not connected to a group in this season, we would love to help you get involved and grow in faith. We have opportunities for all ages and stages of life. Groups meet to study the Bible, care for one another, and pray together. Contact Emil Niz at [email protected] to find out which group might be a good fit for you.
Rev. Brandi Tevebaugh Horton
Senior Associate Pastor
First Methodist Houston