Regarding Rita . . .

Tonight’s meal, classes, etc. are canceled at MoSt Church

Our regular Wednesday night meal (5:30-6:30 p.m.) and our evening Bible classes (7:00 p.m.) have been canceled this evening to allow all to make due preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Rita. Also canceled is the ladies retreat singing group rehearsal. Please help spread this word to members with whom you are connected!

Friday’s JH trip canceled

Due to the uncertainty of Hurricane Rita in the Gulf we are postponing the junior high trip to Texas Rock Gym originally scheduled for this Friday night. If you have paid, you will receive your money back.

GCCISD and Barbers Hill closed today

Following is from today’s Baytown Sun:

“Goose Creek and Barbers Hill school districts made the decision Tuesday night to cancel classes for the remainder of the week on the heels of news that all of Baytown is now under a voluntary evacuation order.”

Lee College is in session today, but is closed tomorrow through Sunday.

As far as an evacuation of Baytown is concerned . . .

Regarding leaving Baytown, you’ll want to read an article or two in today’s Baytown Sun. Following is an excerpt from that first article:

“As of 6 p.m. this evening, Baytown residents should not expect to be able to freely navigate Highway 146, a corridor that will be used to ferry north a portion of Galveston residents, who are under a mandatory evacuation order as of yesterday… A mandatory evacuation has been issued for Baytown residents with special needs such as physical or mental disabilities or who cannot be a part of the general evacuation due to a lack of mobility or transportation. … Further evacuations, either voluntary or mandatory, may be issued at an emergency meeting of the Commissioners Court today at 11 a.m. … Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia issued a voluntary evacuation for low lying areas of the county, including Smith Point, Oak Island, Double Bayou and all areas south of FM 1985. … The city [Baytown] has also set up a phone bank at (281) 420-6556 to field questions concerning emergency plans. The line will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Thursday. … A telephone bank is also available at the emergency shelter in Nacogdoches at (936) 559-2510.”

If you’re leaving Baytown and want an extra option . . .

We received the following e-mail from Jim Hackney with the Heritage Church of Christ in Ft. Worth yesterday. Jim was a youth minister here at MoSt in the 1970’s.

“Our shepherds and the Heritage church want to extend to the Missouri St. Church an invitation for anyone who wishes to evacuate from there to Fort Worth lodging for the duration of the hurricane. I’m not talking about putting you up in our Family Center, but our families will take your families into our homes if you wish to come. I realize that some may not want to come this far, but lodging may be at a premium closer to Houston. We discussed this last night and want to extend that invitation to you and your church. Please let us know if any wish to accept. If Rita comes in full force at Galveston and continues up the bay and ship channel I fear for the church building and so many homes. I would encourage all of you to evacuate. Our homes are your homes. Please let us know if we can help. Your brother – Jim Hackney”

To keep the most current Rita info in front of you, surf . . .

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/tc_pages/tc_home.html
http://tidesonline.nos.noaa.gov/

And for storm surge info. (Thank you, Paul Fagala, for this last link)

In conclusion, all I can say about Hurricane Rita is what one of my quite distant kin once sung:

Little sister, don’t you do what your big sister done!”

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