Disaster Response

‘Christ’s Church is not a building’: Immanuel, St. Charles, looks ahead after ceiling collapse

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 29, Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Mo., experienced a devastating collapse of the entire baptismal side of its interior sanctuary ceiling facade. The building was empty at the time, and no one was hurt.

BOD adopts conservative budget for fiscal year 2019

Meeting in St. Louis May 18–19, the LCMS Board of Directors adopted a fiscal year 2019 operations budget of $69.4 million, a figure nearly $8 million lower than that of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

LCMS Disaster Response partners with Guatemala Lutherans in volcano’s aftermath

Volcàn de Fuego, or “fire volcano,” violently erupted without warning Sunday, June 3, burying whole villages and farms near the Central American city of Antigua, Guatemala.

Texas Lutherans provide quick response to shooting

On May 18, a shooter opened fire on students and faculty at Santa Fe High School, ultimately killing 10 people and injuring 10 more.

Fire guts historic Milwaukee church, pastor sees ‘tremendous opportunity’

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee was destroyed by the four-alarm fire on May 15, but there were no injuries.

Helping houses ‘feel like home again’ for Harvey survivors

Heart for Texas, a coalition of Lutheran organizations partnering with volunteers and businesses in Texas and beyond, is helping homeowners return as closely as possible to normal life.

‘Mercy centers’ up and running in Puerto Rico

The new “mercy centers” have been dubbed “CARD” for Casa de Amparo y Respuesta a Desastre (House of Refuge and Disaster Response).

Training, tools and trailers help disaster dollars go farther

When disaster strikes, LCMS Disaster Response comes alongside to help congregations and districts develop the most effective possible response.

Photo essay: Update on Texas hurricane relief

The LCMS Texas District effort has changed from splintered work in response to changing needs to that of a well-coordinated operation.

How disaster donations get to those who need help?

Ever wonder how your dollar gets to help the people who are affected by disasters? Watch to learn how LCMS Disaster Response ensures the money contributed reaches where aid is most beneficial.

Volunteers needed in Texas

Individuals and groups can spend a day, a week or more helping residents of the Beaumont, Port Arthur, Corpus Christi and Rockport areas whose lives were affected by the storm.

Synod, partners continue to offer helping hand in wake of five disasters

Lutherans are bringing help to the hurting — both physical and spiritual — in the wake of three devastating hurricanes, a major earthquake and menacing wildfires.

Families with LCMS ties suffer wildfire damages

No members of LCMS congregations died, and no LCMS churches were damaged, but almost 50 LCMS families lost their homes in the fires.

Letter: Volunteers needed in Texas

The Rev. Ken Hennings, president of the LCMS Texas District, thanks those who have helped and invites additional volunteers.

Oct. 29 church bulletin insert, flier for disaster relief efforts

As of Oct. 19, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s California-Nevada-Hawaii District reports several members have lost homes to California wildfires.

Oct. 22 church bulletin insert, flier for Disaster Response aid

The LCMS encourages congregations to use the following church bulletin insert and flier to inform members how they can join relief efforts in Puerto Rico, California, and beyond.