Members of Episcopal congregations on Galveston Island are returning to their homes, helping their neighbors, gathering for fellowship, and worshiping together. Teams of Episcopalians from the Diocese of Texas and across the nation are heading here to help us resurrect our lives.
Grace Church and St. Augustine of Hippo Church are worshiping at their facilities, although there is damage to be addressed. St. Vincent's Episcopal House is providing assistance and has opened its medical clinic. The preschool area was inundated and cannot open until remediation and repairs are completed.
Trinity Church is worshiping at St. George's Church in Texas City this Sunday and will move to the William Temple Episcopal Center next Sunday. Trinity's parish office is temporarily located in the rector's home, 3017 Avenue O. Phone and mail is being forwarded to that location.
Wireless internet access and telephone service are available on the verandah at the rector's house. There are coolers full of beverages and friendly faces. It's a respite for those who are attempting to find their way through the complicated process of filing claims and filing with FEMA, interviewing contractors and waiting on permits.
The presence of our Episcopal community is a reminder of the presence and compassion of God Incarnate in the midst of our loss, our hurt, and our sorrow. As we say in the ancient prayer, Ubi Caritas, "Where true charity and love dwell, God himself is there."
The Episcopal Community on Galveston Island is resiliant. We are watching over one another in love and welcoming those God is sending to us. Among our people we are witnessing countless acts of mutual self-giving that make our hearts glad.
Our message is one of hope - The Episcopal Church: Here to Help.