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Harvey Relief

 

A note from Pastor Dan:

Thank you to so many of you who've expressed a desire to help our neighbors in the Houston area suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. We are still in a phase of first response, where there is only so much we can do from where we are.For example, the Texas Baptist Men's group was dispatched to Houston only to be turned around today due to there being no way for them to enter the city. With roads flooded, first responders are advising that everyone stay away unless: 1) you have a boat, and 2) you are trained in first response rescue. Until the waters recede, we're left with few options. But that doesn't mean we can't help. To meet immediate needs, you can give to the Houston Food Bank, the Houston Diaper Bank, or United Way of Greater Houston. Additionally, the South Central Conference, United Church of Christ is working with the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries to devise a more long-term assistance plan. Stay tuned for details, and give to these ongoing efforts. Finally, BTHOharvey, the official TAMU student effort to provide relief to those effected by Hurricane Harvey, is collecting “needed goods” of non-perishable foods, non-expired canned goods, packaged water, first aid kits, diapers, feminine hygiene products, generators, tarps, air compressors, tire repair kits, square shovels, clothing, gas cans, gas nails, hammers, batteries, rainboots, flash lights, phone chargers, power strips, towels, blankets pillows, cots, and boxes for transportation at six Donation Drop Off sites at various dates and times from now through the weekend. Regardless of how you choose to help in this liminal time, let's turn our anxiousness to God, our ever-present help in times of trouble, in our ceaseless prayers. Lord, in your mercy, be with those devastated by this flooding; and calm us in our anxious scurrying to be effective providers of healing and hope in the coming days.

 

 

 

Sanctuary Movement Statement

Statement to Be Considered at the Meeting:

 

"As people of faith and people of conscience, the members of Friends Congregational Church pledge to resist any governmental actions to target and deport undocumented immigrants and/or discriminate against marginalized communities. We will work to discern how our congregation, in collaboration with other faith communities or human rights organizations, might engage in tangible efforts to support individuals or families that are unjustly denied their dignity and human rights. This could potentially include sharing our Congregation’s facilities and resources as sanctuary spaces for those targeted by hate or misunderstanding."

 

 

Friends Solar Panels FAQ

Friends Solar Panels FAQ

 

Research into solar energy options

 

A subgroup of the Sustainability Team has been researching ways to make the dream of solar energy at Friends Church a reality.  For over 3 months, Dan De Leon, Jon Maxwell, Mark Thomas, Jason Vogel, Debbie Webb, and Kelly Wellman have met multiple times and have exchanged numerous emails.  We have had a number of contacts with Texas Green Energy, a local solar panel installer.  We have sought additional guidance and answers to a myriad of questions from our bank, the lead architect for our recent building project, our insurance company, College Station Utilities, several lawyers and accountants, and a solar LLC that has accomplished a similar project for a church in Massachusetts.  It has truly been a team effort so far.

 

Please consider some of the questions (FAQ) that have arisen or that might arise about the project.

 

Details about Solar Panels

Special, Church Council-Called Congregational Meeting on Solar Panels

Sunday, August 28

 

It is Texas in August, sunny and hot.  We have a big roof.  Our air conditioner keeps us cool, but our electric bill skyrockets in response.  That is not a fun way to spend our donations.  What mission work we could do if that bill was lower!

 

Marriage Equality Press Release

Press Release

For immediate release.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—June 26, 2015—Friends Congregational Church celebrates marriage equality across the United States.
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of marriage equality in its landmark decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. This sweeping decision allows our LGBT brothers and sisters the same freedom to marry that our heterosexual brothers and sisters have enjoyed for years.

At Friends Congregational Church, we are pleased to celebrate this new freedom with our community. As an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, the first Christian denomination to support gender equality in marriage, we welcome our LGBT brothers and sisters with open arms—inspired by the extravagant welcome that God gives to all people.

We are a progressive Christian church, with a vision of offering God’s extravagant welcome to all.

 

Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon, Pastor of Friends Congregational Church, said, “Upon this momentous decision made by SCOTUS, our congregation at Friends Church celebrates with the entire United Church of Christ and all communities of faith who support love and the covenant of marriage between two people regardless of gender. While our congregation voted to support marriage equality in 2005, and while we have been officiating marriage ceremonies between same-gender couples since then, we are overjoyed to now celebrate this sacred covenant with the affirmation of the highest court in our land.”

For more information about Friends Congregational Church or our support of marriage equality, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 979.693.7021.


About Friends Congregational Church

Friends Congregational Church was established in 1977 and is a part of the United Church of Christ (UCC) denomination. For more information about Friends Church, please visit www.friends-ucc.org.

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