Bishop Lowry Calls for Special Offering

Bishop Lowry is calling on the churches of the Central Texas Conference to pray and to support UMCOR’s relief efforts by receiving a special Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief offering sometime within the next four to six weeks.

In his latest blog post – Responding to Harvey, Aug. 28 – Bishop Lowry put forth “a very personal” request to all Central Texas Conference Methodists to join in praying earnestly and often for the people of the Texas Gulf Coast, especially those who are directly affected by flooding from Harvey and all of the first responders who have come from all across Texas and several other states to assist in rescue efforts.
He also reiterated the calls for patience and financial support that have been posted on our conference website ( ) and delivered via our Mission Support and Disaster Relief communications. Today, he is reinforcing the invitation to financially support the UMCOR relief efforts by calling on the churches of the Central Texas Conference to receive a Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief Special Offering sometime within the next four to six weeks.
While the level of devastation will not be known until the flood waters recede, it is obvious that the people of southeast Texas are going to need a lot of help – and right now the best way to assist is via monetary donations. Please send the donations received via the special offering to the Central Texas Conference Service Center, Attn: Disaster Response, 3200 E. Rosedale, St. Fort Worth, Texas 76105. Checks should be made out to Central Texas Conference and please note Hurricane Harvey or Advance #901670 on the check. If people prefer to give directly to UMCOR, they may do so online at
Please remember that all money received will go directly to aid those affected by the flooding and other hurricane damage. No administration costs are deducted thanks to the UMCOR Sunday Special Offering, which goes to fund all of UMCORs administrative costs for the year, leaving 100 percent of monies donated to a particular relief effort free to help those in need. 
“As I make this call for a special offering, the words of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew come to mind,” Bishop Lowry said. “I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.” (Matthew 25: 40 CEB). Thank you for your consideration of this special offering and I ask that you do as you so often have done and give generously.”