Greetings Friends in Christ,
It has surely been a very busy week around our church - we love seeing the energy and compassion each and every one of you have brought to our efforts surrounding Hurricane Harvey Relief.
As a pastoral team, we want to update you on our current plan here at Henning so that you can decide how you might get involved.
So far, through your generosity, over $6,500 has been collected to assist in the relief efforts. That translates into countless flood buckets, hygiene kits, air mattresses, and box fans (just to name a few) that have made their way across Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas to communities such as DeQuincy, Vidor, Vinton, Lake Charles, and Orange. Thank you! This response would not be possible without your continued generosity.
We also realize that monetary contributions are simply a small piece in the greater puzzle. Many of you have probably been asking yourself - "how can I get involved?" Let us share with you some ongoing opportunities for you to be the hands and feet of Christ:
Henning Church is one of three flood bucket distribution sites around SWLA, along with St. Luke Simpson and DeQuincy UMC. This means the core focus of our donations and subsequent distribution revolve around UMCOR flood buckets and hygiene kits. If you have other items you wish to donate such as bedding, diapers, or food please contact The Gathering Church (527-5433), Victory Worship Center (527-5456) in Sulphur, or Church of the King (477-8890) in Lake Charles. Our community is blessed with a network of churches responding in unique ways!
Hands-On Volunteer Work:
Currently, Early Response Teams are working throughout Lake Charles with St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church. To volunteer you can, as an individual, show up at 1500 Country Club Rd. in Lake Charles by 8:00 am any day M-F for the next 2-3 weeks with gloves and closed toed shoes. Arriving a little before 8 to get checked in is helpful, as a brief orientation begins promptly at 8. You'll be deployed with experienced team members at 8:30. If you are ERT certified or muck-out trained and would like to bring your own team please register by
If this type of work best fits your gifts, we encourage you to attend an ERT Training scheduled this Saturday at St. Luke Simpson UMC. This extensive physical, emotional, and spiritual training will prepare you to respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, or any future storms. Registration is at 8am and the training begins at 8:30. Cost is $30 - scholarships available upon request.
to register online.
Likewise, as the relief efforts continue, Henning Church has been asked to be a host site for Early Response Teams (ERT) beginning as early as Monday, September 11th. The same type of work and system that is in place at St. Luke Simpson will be in place here starting next week. Therefore, you can choose which site where you want to volunteer. The work out of St. Luke Simpson is focused on local relief in Lake Charles, while Henning's site will focus on the efforts to the west of us.
Finally, as a host site, we want to extend our hospitality to those choosing to put their lives on "pause" to come help our neighbors. That means we will be asking individuals and groups in our church to sign-up for meals for the Early Response Teams hosted at our church. We will provide, Monday-Friday, a light breakfast, a sack lunch, and dinner. There is an online sign-up process where you can volunteer to provide these meals.
to sign up, or call the church office.
Likewise, we will need a gracious presence around our campus when these teams are here during the early morning hours (breakfast) and late evening (dinner). Please let the church office know your availability and desire to be a Henning Ambassador during the days and weeks to come.
P.S. If you know of those who need assistance at their home with cleanup efforts please encourage them to fill out a form available in the church office, or to have them contact the Crisis Cleanup Hotline:
Texas Residents: 844-965-1386
Louisiana Residents: 800-451-1954
Never has it been a greater honor for us to call ourselves pastors to this great church.
Rev. Ellen and Rev. Austin