How to help with relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey
Our District President, Rev. Greg Walton, recently issued the following announcement to our local congregations:
The Florida-Georgia District of the LCMS has pledged to work with the Texas District to help in any way that we can. Most of the need will be financial, but there will most likely be opportunities for congregations to put together their LERT teams (Lutheran Early Response Teams) for an extended trip to Texas to help.
We ask that you keep an eye on our District Facebook page and Web pages (www.flgadistrict.org) for future announcements. In the meantime, if you or your congregation would like to donate directly to the Texas District, you can do so here http://txlcms.org/congregations/disaster-relief/
Alternatively, you can also donate to Synod’s Disaster response here https://www.lcms.org/disaster-response
In light of this announcement, donations made to Grace Lutheran Church with the line item “Disaster Relief” on the check or envelope will be sent directly to the Texas District of the LCMS to support their gospel-centered response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Please pray for all the people affected by this tragedy and for those who are extending the mercy of Jesus by participating in the ongoing rescue and relief efforts.
- Pastoral Staff, Grace Lutheran Church and School Winter Haven, FL
- August 30, 2017
Almighty God, Merciful Father, hear our cry for mercy in the wake of this disastrous hurricane and catastrophic floods. Let hearts not despair in hopelessness, nor faith in You be discouraged. Reveal Your presence in the midst of suffering, that hope may be renewed, trust in Your Kingdom strengthened, and compassion between peoples encouraged. Direct efforts to attend to the injured, console the bereaved, and protect the helpless. Deliver those still in danger and bring relief and healing to those who are hurting. For all who volunteer and are employed in community service, grant them diligence in their duties, cooperation in their work, and perseverance in their service, that lives may be saved and communities restored. Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Rev. Charles T. Reich, compiled from various sources, 8/31/17