Our response to Hurricane Harvey is ongoing and will be for months. This page will be updated frequently so check back to see how you can get involved.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, you have an opportunity to bless hurricane victims! We will have another Simplify Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon in the Erwin Street parking lot of the church. Our goal this year is to collect good furniture and working appliances to take to the Gulf Coast. What a great time to simplify our lives and our homes and share what we have with others who have lost so much. This is truly stewardship in action!
THE THINGS WE WILL COLLECT INCLUDE: good furniture pieces (slightly used only) such as couches, chairs, dining tables and chairs, dressers, night stands, storage cabinets and bed frames. Appliances need to be functional with no problems or issues. Some great appliances include: refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, clothes dryers, microwaves, stand-alone stoves (no built-ins), shop vacs and vacuum cleaners.
ITEMS WE WILL NOT COLLECT INCLUDE: mattresses and box springs (against health codes), accessories such as mirrors, lamps, decorative pieces, artwork, clothing, bedding, window treatments or any kitchen ware. Please consider donating these items directly to one of our local mission partners.
If you cannot bring your items to the church Oct. 14, contact Brenda Byerly in the Missions office to check for pick-up availability.
Orange parsonage repair
We have adopted the Tilley family's parsonage from Faith UMC in Orange. The house was filled with two to three feet of water during Hurricane Harvey. So far two Menders teams have visited, evaluating the project, repairing walls in the garage (so the family would have a place to store their surviving belongings) and taking out walls in the house. The second team is doing electrical work and installing sheetrock.
We hope to complete repairs by Thanksgiving, so teams are working many weekends. Cost of each trip is $50, which includes meals and lodging at Malloy Building at FUMC in Orange, a nice facility with 70 bunk beds, a commercial kitchen and meeting rooms. Orange is 220 miles from Tyler. We will carpool or take church vehicles when they are available. If you would like to serve on a team, please contact Melissa Brigman as soon as possible.
- Oct. 20-22 - Taping and mudding team. We are limiting this team to 6 people who have experience in this area. We also hope to have a plumber go down.
- Week of Oct. 23-26 - Texturing volunteers. We need one or two people who can go down for a day or two that week and texture the walls before the painting begins. Volunteers need to be experienced in texturing.
- Oct. 27-29 - Painting volunteers. We could use a larger crew this weekend to get the interior of the house painted.
- Nov. 3-5 - Flooring and trim. We are using the locking type of flooring. Also we hope to get the trim painted Marvin (watch for announcements about that), so all the trim can be completed during the work weekend.
In addition to these teams, we will have people working on the kitchen renovation, bathrooms, etc.
Give to the Orange parsonage repair fund
In addition to providing labor, Marvin Church has committed to pay for all of the building materials and appliances. We are collecting donations for the "Orange Parsonage Project." You can donate to this ongoing project. Please make your checks to Marvin and note "Orange parsonage." You can also give online or through our app. Please specify that your gift is for the Orange parsonage. Thank you, Mission Hearts!
Thanks to the UMW, the Journey Class and our mission partner Simply Grace who all assembled UMCOR health kits.
Contact: MELISSA BRIGMAN