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Lutherans from Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas, help a church member clean out his house on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, after floodwaters following Hurricane Harvey damaged the home on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Houston. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

Disaster: what to know before you give or go

It is important to make sure we help, not hinder, the relief effort.

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Volunteer Richard Tucker (right) greets LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison (far left) and Texas District President Rev. Ken Hennings outside a home heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

Texas disaster relief involves teamwork, partnerships, kindness

Disaster-response planning continues among LCMS Disaster Response, LCMS Texas District responders and partner organizations as Hurricane Harvey relief operations switch gears toward long-term recovery.

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Volunteers from Trinity Klein Lutheran Church, Spring, Texas, clean out a home damaged by floodwaters as a result of Hurricane Harvey. (Erik Lunsford/LCMS)

‘Texas Strong’: Service to neighbor

Amid loss and devastation, the people of Texas serve each other as LCMS congregations like Trinity Klein lead the way.

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A young girl tries her new backpack on for size during Concordia Publishing House’s “Operation F.U.N.” (For a United Neighborhood). (LCMS/Frank Kohn)

Backpack giveaway highlights CPH community event

Concordia Publishing House’s annual “Operation F.U.N.” also provides school supplies, books and a picnic lunch.

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A view of the flooding from Hurricane Harvey on Friday, Sept. 1, in Houston. Lutheran Church Extension Fund is providing $350,000 for Harvey relief and Thrivent Financial is matching donations up to a total of $3 million toward the effort. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

LCEF, Thrivent announce funds for Harvey relief

Lutheran Church Extension Fund is providing $350,000, and Thrivent Financial will match donations up to a total of $3 million.

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The Rev. Thomas Wagstaff, pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Rockport, Texas, ponders the situation in Rockport and how to provide worship without electricity. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

As residents return home, pastors provide care in Harvey’s wake

Residents in hard-hit areas need basic supplies like food and water and help with cleanup, “but most of all, they need to hear that God is with them.”

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