Harvey and the holidays
For many in our midst who are recovering from Harvey, the upcoming holiday season will bring layers of conflicted emotions, financial strain, and homesickness. Whether you were affected by floodwaters or you want to respond with compassion and encouragement to those who were, St. Paul’s has initiated several invitations to enable us to walk alongside one another.
Healing Circle of Light in the Darkness | This Healing Circle will create a space where whatever is on your heart regarding the holidays can be shared in confidence and heard without judgment. Facilitated on three Sundays at 11:05 am in the Fellers Room (S-312) on November 26, December 10 and December 17.
Jerusalem Cross Ornaments | As a symbol of St. Paul’s commitment to being present as a church family, each flood-affected household will receive a Christmas tree ornament, crafted in the shape of Jerusalem cross. These ornaments were made by hand in the Holy Land and will be available for purchase at the Alternative Gift Market on Sunday, December 3, 9 am–12:30 pm in the Activity Center. When you purchase an ornament for yourself, you also provide one for a Harvey survivor. You are invited to also commit to praying weekly for the family who receives that ornament, using an Advent prayer guide written by the Congregational Care Team.
House Blessings | As you rebuild your home, make a new home, or share a home space with others after Harvey, St. Paul’s is ready to pray with you and offer a house blessing to proclaim the Light of World and hope in Christ in spite of the damage from floodwaters. To schedule a time for a house blessing or to serve as someone who offers prayer, reach out to Rev. Andrew Wolfe, Associate Pastor of Congregational Care, at email@example.com or (713) 528-0527.
Rev. Wolfe, who was himself affected by floodwaters, reminds us, “During the season of Advent, we remember the words from John’s Gospel: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. May each of us find the light of Christ that illuminates our path forward.”
GIVE TO RECOVERY efforts
Please designate your donation as Help for Harvey. All dollars will go toward the purchase of supplies for rebuilding and long-term recovery needs.
St. Paul’s has deployed over 250 volunteers for work teams, meal prep and supply distribution. The congregation has directly served 70 individuals and families and helped clean out over 35 flooded homes. Thank you for loving God and loving neighbor!
Were You Impacted by the Storm?
In an effort to care for those who are connected to St. Paul's and experienced flooding during Harvey, please let us know how your church can walk alongside you by filling out this form:
Archive of Facebook Live Videos
Service of Holy Communion
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017
Prayer as Storm Approaches
Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017