Helping Our Neighbors in Van

Van Texas

By now, you all know about the devastation brought on by the the storms last Sunday in Van.  Some of you have heard that the husband and wife who were killed in the storm were active members of Van United Methodist Church.  One of the United Methodist Church’s greatest blessings is the deep sense in which we’re connected through faith and ministry to United Methodists all over the world.  In times of crisis, our connection in faith provides an incredible vehicle through which we can express our love and support as we lend a helping hand to those who are suffering in the wake of natural disaster.

I know that many of you have already been working hard to do whatever you can to help friends, neighbors and relatives in the area, and I’m grateful for your hearts of service and quick response in their time of need.  I also know that many of you are looking for a reputable vehicle through which you can offer financial support.  This Sunday at Dayspring, we will receive a special offering at both services.  100% of that offering (in other words- no overhead costs will be taken out of your gift) will be used in direct relief efforts in Van and the surrounding communities through the Texas Annual Conference Committee on Relief (TACCOR).  This is a United Methodist disaster response ministry that is already sending in trained volunteers and coordinating relief efforts in conjunction with Van UMC and other local agencies.  While TACCOR is certainly not the only reputable relief effort, this is the one to which we are most deeply connected.  You can give securely online right now by clicking here, or you can bring your offering on Sunday and write “Van” in the memo line of your check or on the giving envelop in which you can offer cash.

If you are interested in volunteering with one of the disaster response teams through TACCOR, you can find more information by clicking here.  I encourage you to gather your friends and family and sign up online together!

I hope you will join me in continuing to pray for our brothers and sisters who have suffered loss and experience despair as they view the long road to recovery.  Thank you for your love, support and generosity in response to tragedy!

Peace in Christ,

Pastor Matt


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