LCMS President Harrison: Synod at work with Texas District toward Hurricane Harvey relief

Precinct 6 Deputy Constables Sgt. Paul Fernandez, from left, Sgt. Michael Tran and Sgt. Radha Patel rescue an elderly woman from rising water on Saturday, Aug. 27, in Houston after heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey. (Jon Shapley/AP)

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am sending this heads-up to you, the rostered workers of our church body, to let you know that your national Synod office, working hand-in-glove with officials in the Texas District, is going all out to help in any and every way possible those affected by Hurricane Harvey and the unprecedented flooding in southeastern Texas.

Owing to the nature of massive disasters — in this case, the worst flooding of Harvey is yet to come — no one yet knows the full picture of the situation or the exact plan for effective Lutheran responses.

We do know it will require a lot of physical support and aid over the long haul, along with prayers, Word and Sacrament ministry and pastoral counseling. A truly effective response demands that the people of the Church walk and work in a coordinated way, because no one entity can handle something like this apart from the capacity others can bring to bear.

LCMS World Relief and Human Care, and its LCMS Disaster Response, already is hard at work.

In close collaboration with the Texas District, which also is hard at work, we want to learn from our pastors and other leaders from the more than 160 LCMS congregations in the affected areas about their greatest, immediate needs.

In time, after we stabilize and restore our congregations, we want them to serve as hubs of outreach in their communities.

Please stay tuned for news and updates across an array of LCMS communications channels, including lcms.org/harvey and facebook.com/thelcms.

Know that appeals to our generous donors will be going out soon. Please consider a plate offering — or even a series of such offerings — from your congregation, school or group.

An army of LCMS people — national and district, professional and lay, staff and volunteer — will be coming alongside our afflicted brothers and sisters in Christ in southeastern Texas.

Your help and encouragement are vital to these efforts. How robust our LCMS response will be depends on the people of the LCMS responding.

Thank you!

Sub Cruce,

President Matthew C. Harrison
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

lcms.org/harvey

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6 Responses to LCMS President Harrison: Synod at work with Texas District toward Hurricane Harvey relief

  1. August 28, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

    Is any church running a soup kitchen that needs immediate and continuous support?

  2. Rev. Dr. David P. Stechholz August 29, 2017 at 6:59 am #

    God-willing, our LCMS congregations and members of our congregations will show Christian love and compassion, as in other disasters, through immediate free-will door offerings that are channeled to LCMS World Disaster and Human Care. Other relief opportunities will follow as our National LCMS and Texas Disaster Relief personnel give guidance for further response, including hands-on efforts. For now, we pray to our great and merciful God for the safety of all people and that the epic-proportion rains may cease. In Christ, our Lord, Dave

  3. Joshua C. Miller August 30, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    Thank you, President Harrison. I now live in St. Paul, MN, but I grew up in the Beaumont-Port Arthur-Orange area and have many friends and relatives in danger.

    Our congregation in St. Paul (Emmaus) would like to help more. Is there yet a drive for supplies, such as blankets, tooth brushes, etc?

    Pax,
    Joshua Miller

    • LCMS Church Information Center August 31, 2017 at 7:45 am #

      Thank you for your comment. Please keep checking the LCMS website at http://www.lcms.org/harvey for updates.

  4. Mark Hanson September 3, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

    Changing planes in Houston 3 weeks ago ran into SE Texas LCMS friends by total serendipity. Only had a minute to exchange hellos.
    Little did we know then of SE Texas LCMS needs due to Hurricane Harvey.
    Due to un-relevant circumstances we are not presently connected with our member LCMS congregation.
    Yet because of our LCMS heritage we feel our relief dollar contribution would best go through LCMS. What is next way to make a contribution to meet the best need?
    Mark Hanson.
    Des Moines, Iowa.

    • LCMS Church Information Center September 5, 2017 at 10:21 am #

      Thank you for your comment. Here are the ways we are taking donations for hurricane relief:

      •online at lcms.org/harvey. That website also offers a free, downloadable bulletin insert for congregations.

      •via text by sending a message to 41444, and typing LCMSHARVEY in the message field. You’ll receive a text with a link to a phone-friendly, secure donation form, including PayPal.

      •by phone, using a credit card — call 888-930-4438 between 8 a.m. and 4:10 p.m.

      •by check, made payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod or LCMS. On the memo line, please write “Disaster Response/Relief” or “Hurricane Harvey” and mail your donation to The LCMS, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861.

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