Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora, Colo., had about an inch of standing water in its basement, damaging carpeting, drywall and furniture in its main conference room and kitchen.
Rev. Glenn Merritt, director, LCMS Disaster Response discusses the role the LCMS takes in working with local districts and congregations during times of disaster.
Pastor Matthew Canion of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waco, Texas is requesting volunteers for restoration projects in West, Texas, following the devastating fertilizer plant explosion in April.
Mark Cannon, the Rev. Michael Meyer and Terry L. Schmidt are installed by Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison Aug. 19 in St. Louis.
The Rev. John Fale, associate executive director of LCMS Mercy Operations, explains how The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod shows mercy in the midst of chaos and disaster.
“Some people got out with only the clothes on their backs. They don’t even have a change of clothes or a toothbrush,” said the Rev. Dr. Dennis Lucero of Colorado Springs, Colo.
The LCMS approves an initial $100,000 emergency grant to assist tornado victims in Oklahoma. Those interested in volunteering for cleanup may now register for service.
In a gripping account, Pastor Mark Bersche of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Moore, relates how the massive tornado turned an ordinary Monday into a day he’ll never forget.
The grant from LCMS Disaster Response to the Synod’s Oklahoma District will be used to meet immediate tornado-relief needs.
ST. LOUIS, May 24, 2013— As damage assessments continue, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has approved an initial $100,000 emergency grant to the LCMS Oklahoma District to meet immediate tornado-relief needs.
After the May 20, 2013, monstrous tornadoes, which devastated parts the Midwest and Moore, Okla., killing at least 24 people — many of them children — LCMS Disaster Response staff are requesting prayers and gifts to help with the Synod’s ongoing relief effort. See how the LCMS is responding by bearing witness to Christ and showing mercy to others.
As recovery efforts continue on the East Coast following the ravages of Superstorm Sandy last fall, the LCMS issues a new $70,000 grant to help 13 families in New Jersey.
Free resources from the LCMS include a video, a Bible study, worship helps and opportunities to support the work of LCMS Disaster Response.
The Midwestern tornadoes, one of which devastated Moore, Okla., call for a strong response of love by the church. Our congregation — St. John’s in Moore — as well as surrounding congregations and the LCMS Oklahoma District are in need of our collective support now and well into the future.