Church World Service, our mission partner for disaster response, is active in hurricane/flooding relief work in Texas and the Gulf region. The CWS website ( reports that their immediate response is shipping Hygiene Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets to affected communities. Contributions may be made by check (made out to First Congregational Church with Church World Service on the memo line) or by going directly to the CWS website. Church World Service emergency response specialists are working with the National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) as well as the Texas state VOAD as they monitor damage and coordinate relief work among the various nonprofit agencies involved. In addition to urgently needed financial support, it is possible to participate hands-on in the effort of assembling hygiene kits and cleanup buckets. Visit for information on how to get started.