Words cannot describe some of the devastation that many of us have seen as reports come back from the Jersey Shore, New York City, other coastal regions, and many low lying areas throughout this region. The recovery in NYC and the Jersey Shore will take months and in some cases years. There are people in this congregation who own properties at the shore who anxiously wait to travel back and assess the damage. And, tragically, there are people throughout the Northeast who find themselves without homes. In this immediate area, while some of us were hardly impacted, others are still waiting for power to return.
Please keep praying for those whose lives have been turned upside down because of the wind, the rain, and the flooding of this massive storm. There are other practical ways that you can be of assistance as well.
- As you are able, assist neighbors who are working to clean up and repair yards and homes damaged and flooded by this storm.
- Donate much needed funds to ELCA Disaster Response (insert in worship bulletin this Sunday) or to the American Red Cross, both who are on the ground organizing and responding to needs already.
- Keep your eyes open for community service opportunities through St. Andrew's, Lutheran Disaster Reponse, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (more info to come).
- Continue to support our Fall Food Drive, which began long before we knew how great the need was going to be in light of Hurricane Sandy. Non perishable food items can be left in the shopping cart in the narthex.
I am often deeply moved and overwhelmed by the generosity of God's people in times of crisis. This will be no exception.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble." - Psalm 46
See you in church!