DISASTER UPDATES – September 14, 2017

 DISASTER UPDATES FROM UCC.org – Sept 14, 2017

Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane and the slow-moving storm caused widespread flooding and significant damage across southern Texas and Louisiana. UCC Disaster Ministries is coordinating with other faith partners and voluntary, federal and state agencies for long-term recovery.

The South-Central Conference Minister and Disaster Coordinator are in contact with local churches and their communities.

UCC Disaster Ministries teams are reaching out to pastors and churches across the entire state of Florida, as all involved try to assess the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma. “Our denomination helps those nobody else is going to help. That process takes time to identify,” said the Rev. Alan Coe, UCC Florida Conference disaster coordinator.

In the U.S. UCC Disaster Ministries fills gaps in services through the following provisions: spiritual care; community organizing; repair and reconstruction of homes; tools; building materials and volunteer coordination.

The UCC is part of response networks you see on the news and those you don’t see. UCC Disaster Ministries already is gearing up for our long-term recovery work in the impacted regions and your contributions for Hurricane and Western Wildfires Disasters means providing community support for holistic recovery, repairing house and home for families and children and restoring dignity for the most vulnerable who have lost everything in the wake of these catastrophic events.

Pilgrim UCC will collect Disaster Relief Gifts for some time for all three of the current disasters.  Our generous donations will be forwarded to the UCC Disaster Ministries that will be helping those areas impacted by the hurricane and wildfires.  Eventually there will be needs for volunteers in the clean-up and rebuilding in those areas and we will let you know when those opportunities become available. If you have ?’s about how volunteer opportunities work, please talk with either Rita or Ron Hill.  Other suggested ideas from UCC.org are to have a fundraiser (i.e. BBQ, yard sale or bake sale) or assembling Clean-up Buckets or Hygiene Kits which are always needed after such disasters. Let me know if you are interested in heading any of these hands-on efforts. Pilgrims have always donated generously for major disasters in the past so we have a history of “doing good” so I know we will continue to help those during such difficult events.  Please make checks out to Pilgrim UCC & memo Disasters–you may also add Harvey, Irma, or wildfires if you wish to direct your giving.  For those checks/cash designated Disasters–those funds will be shared among all 3 disasters.  So far we have collected $600.62 and will continue to collect disaster funds for the rest of the year.  Continue your prayers and pray that we have no more disasters this year.   

Rita D. Hill