Members of the First United Methodist Church of Newcastle’s mission team, l-r, Cody Lowe, Jeb Owens and Shot Lowe, take part in a four-day trip to repair flood-damaged homes in Taylor.
Shown helping repair flood-damaged homes in Taylor are, clockwise from top,  Kelsey Shields, Jeb Owens, Mackenzie Lowe and Matthew Lowe, of First United Methodist Church of Newcastle.
Terry Crain, United Methodist Committee on Relief construction manager, is presented with a new nail gun by Rev. Michael Cyr, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Newcastle.
The mission team from First United Methodist Church of Newcastle gathered for a group photo. They are, l-r, front row: Mackenzie Lowe, Melanie Lowe, Cody Lowe, Phyllis Lowe, Jeb Owens, Kelsey Shields and Jonathan Rogers; back row: Kenneth Lowe, Matthew Lowe, Kerry Lowe, Rev. Michael Cyr, Shot Lowe and Jackie Jordan.

Newcastle volunteers help flood victims

The First United Methodist Church of Newcastle sent a group of 13 to Taylor for a mid-July, four-day mission trip, joining the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to repair homes damaged during Memorial Day flooding in 2015. The group, comprised of four women and nine men, was able to exceed UMCOR’s expectations as well as their own by completely repairing and finishing the roofs on two houses. This brought comfort to the homeowners who have struggled for the last year trying to get the repairs completed. “I didn’t know what to expect in moving to Newcastle,” said Rev. Michael ...

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