Coming Together in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

“You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.'” (Psalm 91:1-2)

People are evacuated from their homes all along the Gulf Coast. At St. John’s UCC we are no different. A lot of our folks stay with family or friends. Some are sheltered with fellow church members. We even set up a make-shift shelter at the church. We are currently housing eight people, five kittens, and a dog.

If you are still in need of shelter (pet-friendly), please call Rev. Daniel Haas at 801-368-1180.

Church Office Closed on Monday


There will be no safe passage to the church available to our staff when the Brazos River peaks. Under these conditions the church office will remain closed on Monday, August 28th 2017.

UCC responds to Harvey in Fort Bend County


Even before Harvey hit, Kevin Murphy from Church World Service in Austin, called and said he is praying for us and all the people on the Gulf Coast. Right after the brunt of high winds, Rev. Ramona Lopez, our UCC Disaster Coordinator for Houston, checked in to receive our report and she offered prayer and support. Our Family Ministry Team at St. John’s UCC in Rosenberg has located all those who were affected by last year’s flood and they are high and dry with contingency plans. Our building and grounds committee at St. John’s UCC in Rosenberg has assessed the church building and there is no special water damage to report.

God’s Heroes are Flood-Smart

In an effort to keep our friends and members safe this weekend, we decided to cancel our Sunday Worship Service for August 27th. Earlier this month we trained our Vacation Bible School Children to be God’s Heroes. During last year’s Memorial Day Flood we came out as heroes to help flooded neighbors and church members. We even supported our sister church in Cypress whose sanctuary was under water. Now, Harvey seems to be turning into another flood event of similar if not bigger proportions. Keep your loved ones safe this weekend and stay high and dry. Our congregation has been checking on people whose homes were affected last year and everybody is doing okay for now. Please keep everyone along the golf coast in your prayers and follow the official updates:
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX
Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management
St. John’s United Church of Christ

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August is Helping Hands Month


Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands, Inc. is an Emergency Food Pantry and Clothing Closet. Founded in 1985 by local churches.

Our Mission is to feed and clothe those in need in West Fort Bend County. Our goal is to provide assistance temporarily until the individual or family becomes self-sufficient.
It is part of our Christian calling to minister to those in need. We are supported by donations of food, money and clothing. These donations come from churches, private individuals, civic organizations, private foundations and corporations.

We are a Houston Food Bank Partner Agency. When funds are available, we purchase food items from The Houston Food Bank and other local suppliers . We also purchase undergarments and diapers.

We are a founding partner of the Fort Bend County Collaborative Information System which helps coordinate care for the persons most in need in our County. Through this Collaborative we help to distribute school supplies, backpacks and shoes to low income students at the University of Houston Sugar Land Campus. Our third annual Back to School Bash is Saturday August 19th. Through this collaborative we collect new toys that are distributed usually Christmas Eve at 5 locations around Fort Bend County…. Santa Claus is Coming to Fort Bend County.

The Population of Fort Bend County is growing very quickly. We have seen 11,950 persons January thru July, which is 3,700 families many of which need to come for our help each month. This number includes 679 sacks for our transient clients who can come receive a day’s worth of food twice a week.

Helping Hands now has the blueprints to expand our current building by 20 feet. This will allow additional space in the Clothing Closet as well as additional refrigeration space in the Food Pantry.
Helping Hands continues to work on creating a database to store client information electronically. The added building space will have an area dedicated to volunteer data entry.

Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands is VERY LOW on food items, by summer the shelves become bare. We have seen almost an 11% increase of food requests so far this year. If this trend continues we anticipate serving 6885 food requests for 2017.

Diane Clark
Executive Director
Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands, Inc.
P. O. Box 1268 (physical 902 Collins Road) Richmond, TX 77469
E-mail: hhfoodnb@comcast.net
www.roserichhelpinghands.org
281-232-4904 metro 281-341-7536 or agency cell 281-202-4255
https://www.facebook.com/roserichhelpinghands

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Invitation to our Confirmation Class of 2018

Youth on the brink of adulthood experience many radical changes in their lives: Puberty is when parents start acting weird. Revisiting the faith you were brought up in or exploring your spirituality for the first time are great opportunities during this important period in life.

Confirmation traditionally has been a youth’s approval and reaffirmation of the Baptism they received as an infant. Nowadays it can also be a preparatory journey for Baptism itself. It is both challenging and fun. This class requires a commitment to participate the entire school year and includes:

• Confirmation Class from September 2017 through May 2018
• Confirmation Camp at Slumber Falls, February 2018
• Confirmation on Pentecost, May 20, 2018

If you want to be a part of this journey please come to a first
Information Meeting
on Sunday, September 3, 2017 right after church.
That day we will have a chance to get to know each other and see if one evening per week or a Sunday afternoon per month work better for the group. Youth who are interested need a guardian’s consent.

For additional information or to RSVP please feel free to contact me.

Blessings,

Rev. Daniel Haas

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