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To The Vine Community,

These have been heartbreaking days for many of us.  As we join the world in giving our attention to the effect of Harvey, we also give our attention to God.  The Church is called to step beyond our comforts to enter the pain and loss of this world.  We are called to pray, give and serve with faith.

We are reminded of Psalm 46:1-3, 7.  “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging… The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Because of God's compassion and mercy, we remember that followers of Jesus are a "sent people".  We are praying about what long-term role we can play, but the following information is the beginning of this journey.  



You may donate the following items.   Please bring the items to church where a collection will take place.


  • 3M N95 - Face Masks
  • Chain Saws
  • Baby Wipes (Boxes)
  • Dried Foods (Adult and Baby)
  • Paper Products
    (Toilet Paper, Paper Towels)
  • Cleaning Gloves


  • Bleach
  • Sun Screen
  • Lip Balm
  • Bug Spray
  • Baseball Caps
  • Foot Powder
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Shovels
  • Cleanup Supplies
  • Contractor Trash Bags
  • Mops and Buckets
  • Utility Knives
  • Big Floor Squeegees
  • Leather Work Gloves
  • Inflatable Mattresses
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Box Fans
  • Baby Bottles
  • Baby Formula
  • Baby Diapers
  • New Undergarments
    (all sizes, children and adult)
  • New Socks (all sizes, children and adult)
  • Toiletries (ie: shampoo, facewash, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.)
  • New Bed Pillows
  • New Blankets
  • Towels


There are a lot of group ministries and organizations at work.  Below are a several organizations that are on the ground now:


  • Pray that God would minimize the impact of this storm—that the water would recede and the rainfall would not reach the forecasted levels.
  • Pray that God would protect those in harm’s way of the storm, as many are still in process of evacuating or waiting to be rescued by emergency responders.
  • Pray for comfort and peace for those overwhelmed with anxiety or fear and for their comfort and peace to ultimately come from the hope of the gospel.
  • Pray for emergency teams and responders as they are actively working in harm’s way to rescue and protect others. Many are now working long overtime shifts as needs for rescue grow.

In this troubled time, let us seek to step into the pain and loss with the the hope of Christ.  And let us remember, God is surely there.

Mark and Ted