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Dickinson church damaged by Harvey

$3,305 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 18 months
Created August 29, 2017
First Presbyterian Church of Dickinson, Texas, which we grew up attending, has sustained significant damage in wake of Hurricane Harvey. Though we no longer live in the area (Erin lives in College Station, Texas, and Allie lives in Iowa), our mother still attends services there and is a member of the session (church governing body). We are friends with many who worship there.

The funds we raise will be used to help repair and replace parts of the church that have been damaged or destroyed -- including the piano, organ, pews, carpeting, sheetrock, painting, hymnal and Bibles. A local social service agency has an office there, and we will also use the funds raised to replace lost food for the pantry and to help with repairs/replacements to things like flooring, Sheetrock, office furniture, coolers and other needs. The money raised will be given to our mother, Marilee Norred, on behalf of the church. As a member of the church's governing body, she will ensure it is spent appropriately.  

This is a place that means so much to us and to the people who worship there. We know recovery will be difficult, so we wanted to see if we could make the process a little easier. Here is a letter from the Rev. Kathy Sebring, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dickinson, with more information about the church, its ministries and its needs at this time:

"Friends,

Hurricane Harvey has hit southeast Texas hard. The city of Dickinson has been devastated. As you may know from national news, There was a mandatory evacuation of the entire city.

News reports and videos have revealed that First Presbyterian Church of Dickinson's buildings were under more than 5 feet of water. The exact extent of the damage to the church is uncertain, but the recovery process from Harvey will be extensive.

First Presbyterian Church of Dickinson has been a vital part of the community since 1957, a loving community of worshipers that serve Dickinson in practical as well as spiritual ways;

 we partner with M.I. Lewis Social Service Center, housing them and their food pantry in our Fellowship Hall;
 our diaper ministry provides diapers and baby wipes to M.I. Lewis and UTMB Early Childhood Intervention.

That is why we are sending this special plea for financial support to assist with repairs to our church and rebuilding of our various mission efforts, including support to M.I. Lewis. As we assess the damage, we will be able to determine more specific needs for future assistance and update this information further.

The community needs us now more than ever. With our partner M.I. Lewis, we will help rebuild the lives of the people of Dickinson. With God and His people, we will provide comfort, aid and spiritual guidance. With your help, we will continue the ministry God has called us to provide.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be
scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.” Isaiah 43:2 (New American Standard Bible)

God Bless You,

Rev. Kathy Sebring"
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Now that members of First Presbyterian Church of Dickinson, Texas, have had the mold abated in the sanctuary, they have opened their doors to provide disaster relief to the community.

You can continue to support the church's recovery and outreach to the community by giving to or sharing our campaign. We are so very blessed by all of your kindness.
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First Presbyterian Church of Dickinson, Texas, was featured in an article from The Fuller Center for Housing! This piece looks at the work that both the church and the organization are doing to help rebuild an area devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Even as First Presbyterian begins the recovery process, its members are also doing whatever they can to serve their community, which also faces a long recovery process.

Check out the article here: https://fullercenter.org/dickinson-first-presbyterian-harvey-flood/
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On Sunday, First Presbyterian Church of Dickinson, Texas, held a service on the lawn of the church, as the inside of the sanctuary has been gutted during cleanup from the flooding due to Hurricane Harvey. You can check out the video an attendee made of the service in this update.

Also, the Houston Chronicle was at the Sunday service and wrote an article primarily focused on the church. You can check that out here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/article/After-the-storm-a-day-of-prayer-12171112.php?cmpid=btfpm#photo-14043826

It has been so cool to see members of the church and volunteers coming together to help. We have reached $2,000 now, which is amazing. We couldn't have done it without your generosity. There are still opportunities to give if you know people who would be interested in helping the church recover.
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More photos from efforts to clean out the M.I. Lewis food pantry.
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Raised by 34 people in 18 months
Created August 29, 2017
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