Weekly Word (08/27/2017)

Weekly Word (08/27/2017)

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• Letter from Pastor Danny (08/29/17, 3:19 pm)

Dear Westbury family,

I'm at a loss for words for our neighborhood, our community, and our city having seen firsthand all the devastation written on people's faces. On Sunday afternoon, after our own home started to flood, a neighbor helped canoe me to the church so we could get the doors open. Then as the waters rose and the rains kept coming, more and more people came to our church, wading through the waters. We estimate 60 people passed through our church that day. SWAT tanks arrived to help shuttle people to Kroger, and then eventually to the GRB Convention center. Others asked to stay until they could get to friends and family. By evening, with no power, around 30 people sought out the corners of our church to try and sleep. Throughout the night, Steve Ewing saw many people approach our sanctuary rail for prayer by candlelight. We saw everyone from a two month old baby to a 99 year old mother trying to reach her son.

By midday today, everyone had found a more permanent place of refuge. Over the course of these two days, I am grateful for the generosity of our church family and our neighbors. People walked and drove through rain to check on us and bring supplies. We had bedding, blankets, towels, toiletries, and cots. Every visit from a church member buoyed our spirits.

And right now, the fans are blowing in the sanctuary to dry our carpet because after this long, horrendous week, we know this: the sun will shine. And that's what our faith adamantly claims: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. We are living through a disaster worse than most of us expected, but we've all seen and heard stories of light breaking through.

We have more stories to write. We do this together. We do this remembering God's profound love for us. We do this as the church with more than enough love to go around. I am deeply grateful to walk beside you, step by step, as we rebuild.

Grace & peace,
Pastor Danny


Westbury UMC is a Wait Station (8/28/17 12:20 p.m.) 
Houston neighbors: our campus is open as a "Wait Station." As of Monday, August 28, 12:20 PM, we have electricity and our building is dry and hospitable. Most accessible entrance: 5200 Willowbend Blvd. Most people who were in our building returned home to check on their property. The concern is that the waters may rise again. Many have asked us about supplies. The best way to help is do donate to UMCOR or the Red Cross. 
We will get through this together. #westburylove #houstonlove Please be safe. If you have an emergency, please call 911.

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