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Live Oak Friends Meeting Thanks Donors

As our city and the surrounding areas work on recovering from Hurricane Harvey, we are grateful for the many donations and expressions of care and concern. We received donations from more than ninety individuals, Quaker Meetings and Friends Churches in many areas of the country. We are grateful that so many thought of us when there are so many needs in the world.

During a three day period, the Greater Houston area and parts of southeast Texas received between thirty and fifty-six inches of rain as Hurricane Harvey decayed into a tropical storm. In some places the water was relatively “clean” as creeks and bayous overflowed, but in others storm water was mixed with overflowing sewerage treatment plants and releases from reservoirs. Now in mid-November, media reports say that there are still 150,000 families displaced from their homes or rental units, with total damage estimates in the billions of dollars. The Friends Church in Friendswood, Texas, sustained some damage as did more than thirty of their members. We sent two work crews to Friendswood to help them “muck out” homes and made a major donation to their recovery fund.

Our buildings and property were undamaged, but three families in the meeting community lost cars or sustained damage to their homes. Your contributions helped them replace cars and get started with the repair process even before insurance paid its share.

Our process charged our Finance Committee with accounting for and acknowledging contributions, while our Care and Concern Committee dealt with the distribution of funds. In the distribution process, we wanted to move as quickly as possible and provide funds where small amounts could have the greatest impact as well as address unmet needs or under-served populations. Those organizations with links to their websites are listed below.

Again we are extremely grateful to all who contributed and who expressed concern for our well-being.

Friendswood Friends Church

Altruist Relief

West Street Recovery, Houston

Mama Rosie’s Feed the Hungry 

Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Foundation of the Texas Organizing Project (TOP)

Southeast Texas Food Bank, Beaumont

Transgender Foundation of American

Best Friends Animal Society

 

 

We are a culturally open,  inclusive, family-oriented community, with attenders from diverse spiritual and social backgrounds.  All are welcome to worship with us.  We are also seekers who meet in silent worship expecting to experience direct communion with God, the divine Spirit that infuses all life.  A fundamental Quaker belief is that there is "that of God in everyone." We strive to remain mindful of this, listening and looking for and responding to ‘that of God’ in each other in our daily interactions.  We also seek to conduct our lives according to the Quaker testimonies of integrity, equality, simplicity, and peace. 

For more information about Quakers and Live Oak Friends Meeting in particular, please click here.

The Meeting was founded in 1954, and has been growing ever since. Our Meetinghouse is also a Skyspace, the conception of James Turrell, a well-known artist who is also a Quaker. The architect is Leslie Elkins. Many generous donors from Houston, around the world and within the Meeting helped us fund the Meetinghouse.

The Meeting has about 75 attenders each week (plus or minus). Child care is provided. We have programs for both adult and children's religious education in addition to Meeting for Worship. Live Oak Friends Meeting is affiliated with Bayou Quarterly Meeting, South Central Yearly Meeting, and Friends General Conference.

We are currently in the process of moving this website to the Quaker Cloud; feel free to check out our new website at https://www.fgcquaker.org/cloud/live-oak-friends-meeting-houston.  After everything is moved, you will be able to reach the new site using www.friendshouston.org.

 

Journey to Elderhood continues on 2/25 with Dr. Bob Stecker and MaryBeth Smith. The series addresses issues and themes of interest to those who are "chronologically enhanced," or those who hope to become so. Our opening query this week is: at your current stage of life, how do you choose where to put your energy and attention? Journey to Elderhood is open to friends of all ages.

Posted 2/21/2018

Jimmy Pryor, who is active with the Houston Heights Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, will describe their efforts in the US Congress to address climate change and tell us how to get involved.

Posted 2/15/2018

Jimmy Pryor, who is active with the Houston Heights Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby will describe their efforts in the US Congress to address climate change and tell us how to get involved.

Posted 2/15/2018

Come learn about Quaker organization Bolivian Quaker Education Fund and hear about our sponsored college student. Also local organization Interfaith Ministries.

Posted 2/6/2018

Mary Baker will lead a discussion of creation stories from different cultures.

Posted 2/2/2018