Nebraska church ‘gone’ after dual tornadoes

Comments (9)
  1. Deb Hammen says:

    Are parish nurses needed there ?

    1. LCMS Church Information Center says:

      Thank you for your blog post. Please contact the Nebraska District ( to see if parish nurses are needed.

      LCMS Church Information Center

    2. Jenny Lenchner says:

      We can give donations of goods and supplies. Can we send items to area from Holy Cross Lutheran North Miami? Also, are re-builders and workers needed?

      1. LCMS Church Information Center says:

        Jenny, at this early stage, our LCMS Disaster Response team is there getting the initial assessment of needs being done by the local congregations in conjunction with their district disaster response coordinator. Right now the best way to help those affected by the storms is to provide funds so the materials they need can be purchased right away.

        You may give your gift online at or by calling 888-930-4438 and pressing #1. By doing so, your donation will go directly to the LCMS Disaster Relief Fund so we can issue grants to help districts, congregations and individuals who have been impacted by the storms. One hundred percent of donations received will go toward LCMS relief efforts, as fundraising and administrative costs are being covered by a special grant.

        Keep watching the LCMS website for updates. God bless you for your generosity and your willingness to help those affected by the storms.

        LCMS Church Information Center

  2. Mike says:

    Glad to see the quick response of the church to those in need. Sounds like the leadership on the ground is helping people. My family will be praying for those affected.

  3. Kelly says:

    “mostly all of Pilger’s 350 residents evacuated their homes in advance of the storm.”

    I can understand people evacuating businesses or the church. Did people really leave their homes? Do they have basements and storm shelters? Where did they go? In Minnesota, we just go downstairs to the protected corner and hang out until the all clear.

    We were in the church once when a tornado was pending. I considered seeing how many teenagers one could stuff in a janitor’s closet. Will they build a shelter into the new church?

  4. Suzi B says:

    How do I know donations will go to Pilger?

    1. LCMS Church Information Center says:

      Thank you for your blog post. Please be assured that 100 percent of donations the LCMS receives will go toward LCMS relief efforts. Fundraising and administrative costs are being covered by a special grant. If you would like to make a gift to our relief efforts or have further questions, please call 888-930-4438.

    2. Mark Hofman says:

      Suzi, any donation restricted by a donor for ‘Pilger relief” will go to that effort. When we draw funds for Pilger, we look first to see if any donations restricted by donors only for Pilger are available. Beyond that, if funds are needed, we would turn to the tornado relief fund. Donations restricted for ‘tornado relief’ may, under generally accepted accounting principles and Synod policy, be used for any tornado-related relief work such as that in Pilger and the surrounding areas in Nebraska or up in South Dakota where others have been hit hard by tornadoes.

      If additional funds beyond Pilger-only or “tornado relief” are required, we draw from the general disaster fund.

      We do not take disaster gifts (or any other type of restricted donations) and re-purpose them for something other than that which the donor intended, unless the need for those funds no longer exists and we speak first with the donors who gave them to identify a mutually-acceptable use. And we will refund gifts if a mutually-agreeable use cannot be determined. This practice and approach is documented in our fundraising policies.

      Synod annually undergoes an external, independent audit of our books. That process will make sure all gifts have been used precisely in accordance with the intent of the donors who made them. If you have additional questions, please call my office and we can go through them one-on-one. Thank you for your concern and desire to help our brothers and sisters who are shifting to a new reality.

      Mark Hofman, CFRE, MBA
      Executive Director, Mission Advancement