Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief
Aug. 29 2017:
Dear Lovers Lane Family,
As we hear and see the news of the impact of Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Coast, we are all feeling pain and heart break. The images are horrific, and at the same time, the goodness of humanity is inspiring.
Watching these catastrophic and unprecedented events unfold makes many of us in North Texas want to pack our bags right away and be the hands and feet of Christ along the coast. However, Lovers Lane wants to be a church that responds to the needs with wisdom and discernment, rather than reacting to the crisis.
As a church family, we ask you to please consider the following:
Pray for our state and all those who will be affected by Hurricane Harvey. We are asking God to spare all lives and keep everyone safe from harm. There is potential for greater damage in the wake of this storm, and we are asking God to provide for the needs of any who lose power, property, or possessions.
Pray for our state leadership starting with Governor Abbott and all positions that will be working tirelessly to look after and care for our cities and communities.
Pray for caregivers, first responders, military, volunteers, and all those serving the needs of victims.
Pray for the churches affected and those who are opening their doors in response.
We are preparing to respond in several phases, as there will be needs for extended periods of time:
Phase 1 — Receiving
Donations are needed to help relief efforts. You can give to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) through our website, llumc.org/give. Choose Hurricane Outreach Project from the drop down list. You can also give by texting the word HARVEY to 74483.
Blood donations will be needed as well. Lovers Lane will host a blood drive on our campus on Sunday, September 10th for the Red Cross. Please be prepared to give blood that day in the bus on the parking lot.
Along with the city of Dallas, we will be collecting the following items for those in shelters around the city. Please bring the following items to the blue bins around campus or drop them off at the shelter, 15660 N. Dallas Parkway between 3 and 8 p.m. Please bring only these items. (We are not accepting anything else at this time).
Baby formula, diapers, wipes
Feminine hygiene products
Bottles of water
Phase 2 — Mobilizing
We will be hands on in mission together through our United Methodist Women on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Asbury Hall. We will be putting together health kits and flood buckets. Please plan to join us for LLUMW Presents…Hurricane Harvey Mission Project, a whole church mission project!
As we prepare to send teams to help with relief efforts in the future, we will need UMCOR Flood Buckets. Please follow this link to create flood buckets to bring to Lovers Lane UMC, leaving them at the Welcome Center.
We are also planning to take teams to Houston as it opens in future months for relief mission trips. Right now, First Responder Teams are going in. We will go in after that. We are collecting names of those interested in going in at a date to be determined. Sign up for future mission trips to Houston here, and we will follow up with information.
Phase 3 — Relationships
Thousands of people are housed in Dallas shelters right now. If you would like to volunteer in the shelters, you can find more information about volunteering here.
We recognize that this Hurricane hits very close to home. I am willing to bet that you know someone, or many, who have been personally affected by it. I encourage you to consider opening your home to those who may need a place of welcome. Extend the table, offer hospitality, welcome the stranger. If you have extra rooms, please email pastor Kay Eck, or call her at 214-706-9686.
Phase 4 — Rehab
If you would like to be trained in Disaster Response, there is an opportunity this September through the Mission Academy. Find more information about it here.
Rehabilitation in Houston will take months to years. Lovers Lane will continue to discern how we will be involved in these efforts and will be especially sensitive to the needs of those who are deaf and from other countries. Thank you for your willingness to serve and love ALL people into relationship with Jesus Christ. We are thankful for your willingness to serve, give, and love.
The North Texas Conference has arranged two Early Response Team (ERT) trainings:
Registration information for the Sept. 16 training will be posted when available.
The website is https://www.northtexasumc.org/hurricane-harvey/
Please continue to join us in prayer for wisdom and discernment as we seek to respond in the best ways possible.
Much love to each of you,
Rev. Kay Eck
Director of Missions & Outreach