Editor’s note: Alert readers will have noticed the absence of both Faith Focus and Our Faith last week. Harvey took your correspondent offline with damage to home and cars, but we’re back with this special storm edition of both columns. Additional caution: Please call before acting on any of the following since things may have changed at any church between our deadline and print run.

At last check, La Marque’s Abundant Life Christian Center was serving as a relief station.

“We have been receiving donations from local individuals and organizations and from people across the U.S.,” Catherine Rudolph, the church’s executive pastor said. “We’re open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The church has been able to distribute clothes, food, drinks, cleaning supplies, diapers and more this week. What a blessing.”

The effort is being held in the church gym at 601 Delany Road.

Being part of a community of people who are giving back and taking their time to help others is such a refreshing feeling. The water had barely receded and already people were starting to ask when they could start coming to the church to help. If churches, organizations or individuals are looking to donate or volunteer, we would love to connect with them. It’s all about helping people and changing lives.”

For details, call 409-935-1606.

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The Rev. John Turner of Galveston’s First Baptist Church summed up its work and plans for life, post-Harvey.

“We were a shelter for 71 people from Dickinson before the evacuees left on C-130’s (a military transport aircraft),” he said. “We worked with the county to reset as a disaster relief center during the storm and reopened as a donation/distribution center and also have partnered with the county and UTMB to create a clinic which has been operating in our nursery area.”

Turner said that the church hoped to help with “mud-outs” on the mainland, that is cleaning out homes that have been flooded. Because plans weren’t complete at deadline, he asks those in need to check the church’s Facebook page or fbcgalveston.org for details.

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The Rev. Robin Reeves of St. George’s Episcopal Church has set up daily prayer for us all.

“We are holding short noonday prayer services for people to come together and pray and then have time to share their stories and then those who wish to go serve can do it,” she said. “We need to be in community with others rather than alone. So many were isolated during the storm and need a place to reconnect and be heard.

The church is at 510 13th Ave N. in Texas City.

For details, email rreevestrinity@gmail.com or call 832-922-7022.

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Anne Dowless, human resources manager at League City’s Bay Area Church offered that her church “has responded rapidly to the needs in the community that have resulted from Hurricane Harvey.”

She said that the church, which sheltered some 250 after the storm, had a goal of providing hot meals, a warm bed, hygiene supplies, and the hope of Christ to those who came.”

The church has now shifted to restoration mode.

For help or details, call 281-332-2133.

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Lastly, the Rev. Meredith Holt Crigler, rector of Galveston’s Grace Episcopal Church, offered some hope for our troubled time.

“In the Christian tradition we speak about how even though there may be times of death, valleys and agony, that this is never the end of the story,” she said. “After Good Friday comes Easter. And after Easter comes the people mobilized into all the world sharing the good news that they are loved by God beyond any scope of imagining through Jesus.”

Update: Does your house of worship need help or donations or do you have aid to offer? With over 300 houses of worship in our county to support, please be aware of our limited space and early print deadlines.

Events for Faith Focus should be submitted at least two weeks in advance.

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