Disaster Response

Disaster: what to know before you give or go

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

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.

Disaster Response prayer petitions for Sept. 9-10 worship services

LCMS Worship offers petitions to pray for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma or any other disaster during Sept. 9-10 worship services.

‘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.

Commentary: Hurricane Harvey, prayers and God in action

In the middle of one of the worst natural disasters in history, “we have seen honor in action, love in action and service in action through governments, agencies, churches, families and individuals. But we’ve also seen God in action,” writes Greg Seltz.

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.

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.”

Lutherans helping neighbors in Katy, Texas

Members of Memorial Lutheran Church go door to door, reaching out “to help anyone who has needs.”

Photo gallery: Responding to Hurricane Harvey in Texas

LCMS World Relief and Human Care, through its Disaster Response team, is working with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Texas District to bring urgent relief and the hope of the Gospel to Texans whose lives have been shaken by Hurricane Harvey.

Thoughts and encouragement from a disaster pro

I am pleased to offer this brief but worthwhile Hurricane Harvey-related commentary by my esteemed predecessor as Director of LCMS Disaster Response, the Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, now retired in Arlington, Texas.

LCMS Disaster Response assessment team heads to Texas

Their goal is to share the Gospel while helping in whatever way possible.

Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis offers matching funds for Harvey relief

Lutheran congregations in the St. Louis area now have the opportunity to double their donations for Hurricane Harvey relief, thanks to a matching fund from the Foundation.

Free devotional booklet for those affected by disaster

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, LCMS Disaster Response has made a devotional booklet for those affected by disaster available as a free download.

Hurricane Harvey church bulletin inserts, information (updated for Sept. 10)

The LCMS encourages congregations to use these church bulletin inserts and resources to inform members how they can support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Houston-area LCMS churches, pastors, members report flood damages

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is working alongside the Texas District to provide physical and spiritual care and comfort to all victims.

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

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.