Level 1 Hurricane Preparedness Activated

With the high probability of Topical Strom 16L developing into Nate as it enters the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, the Southern District is activating their Level 1 Hurricane Preparedness Plan. Coastal area congregations and individuals are urged to pay close attention to the rapid development of this storm system and prepare to respond appropriately.

Here is the latest information on this system.

Tropical Strom 16L Is Likely To Become Tropical Storm Nate Within The Next 24 Hours & Likely Will Be Hurricane Nate As It Heads Towards The Northern US Gulf Coast This Weekend; Everyone From Southeastern Louisiana To The Florida Panhandle Needs To Closely Monitor This System For Hurricane Impacts Sunday & Monday.

The highest threat for a hurricane landfall between late Sunday morning and mid-afternoon Sunday as a 90-110 mph (Cat 1-2) hurricane. This area includes Mobile, Pensacola, Panama City, Apalachicola, and Tallahassee. Everyone from southeastern Louisiana to the Big Bend area of northwestern Florida is at risk of an intensifying hurricane impact on Sunday into Monday. Pay extremely close attention to the progress and forecast of this system. The chances are extremely high that we will have an intensifying hurricane approaching the northern US Gulf Coast on Sunday. This likely will be a fast developing situation with less than average hurricane preparation time.

Southern District Disater Relief Report

Through Southern District Disaster Relief Coordinator Pastor Ed Brashier the Southern District has provided the following to the Texas District.

3 Week Report

Coordinated Volunteer Hours = 423

Cut or cleaned up  68 Trees

Saved the Members or Friends of the LCMS an estimated $84,000.

Rosa Young Rosebud Sunday

You are invited to Christ Lutheran Church in Rosebud, AL to celebrate the life of Rosa Young and Black Ministry.  Sept 24, 2017, 10am, Graveside Memorial 10:30am, Worship 12pm , Lunch on the grounds to follow.  GPS Coordinates N31.934417,W87.151944

Southern District Deploys Disaster Relief Director to Texas coast

At the request of the Texas District, The Southern District has deployed our Disaster Relief Coordinator, Pastor Ed Brashier to Corpus Christi TX.  This area is the site of Hurricane Harvey’s land fall.  He will be coordinating clearing of fallen trees.  Please pray for the safety of the work crews.  You may also support their work CLICK HERE or go to http://southernlcms.org/disaster-relief-donations/ to give online. You can send your checks also by mail to: Southern District – 100 Mission Dr. – Slidell LA 70460. Please mark them for Harvey Relief.

State of Texas Important Donation Plea

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON DONATIONS

The overwhelming generosity of the public is greatly appreciated, however, the influx of donated items exceeds the needs of the impacted communities at this time. Therefore, the State of Texas is asking that you please DO NOT donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items,
medicine, or perishable foodstuffs at this time.

As we continue to receive unsolicited donations, supporting agencies must redirect staff and volunteers away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors. If you have already collected items for Hurricane Harvey, please consider donating them to a nonprofit

If you have already collected items for Hurricane Harvey, please consider donating them to a nonprofit organization in your community that accepts in-kind donations.

The most effective way for individuals and private sector partners to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations. Cash donations offer voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address urgently
developing needs, as well as needs that arise over the coming months and years. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources locally which will help local economies recover.

GIVE: Cash gifts are needed the most at this time. 100% percent of your gifts will go to the affected areas. CLICK HERE or go to http://southernlcms.org/disaster-relief-donations/ to give online. You can send your checks also by mail, to: Southern District – 100 Mission Dr. – Slidell LA 70460. Please mark them for Harvey Relief.

 

Harvey Update 09/01/2017

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

PRAY for those in need and for those who serve them with the love of Jesus.

GIVE money and other items when the call goes out for them. Cash gifts are needed the most at this time. 100% percent of your gifts will go to the affected areas. CLICK HERE or go to http://southernlcms.org/disaster-relief-donations/ to give online. You can send your checks also by mail to: Southern District – 100 Mission Dr. – Slidell LA 70460. Please mark them for Harvey Relief.  CLICK HERE  for a list of care boxes that will be needed.  Please do not send them until they are needed. We do not want to overwhelm the centers with items they do not need.

VOLUNTEER next week after the search and rescue phase is over we will be providing contact information to sign up to help. Watch our website – SouthernLCMS.org, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/southernlcms.org – Southern District-LCMS, and Twitter @SDLCMS for more information.

What we currently know about the LCMS family:

No reports of issues in the Southern District

Texas District

in Houston (preliminary numbers):
Our Shepherd, Crosby, received significant water and may be completely lost
5 congregations have damage
9 pastors and 16 church workers have flooded homes
574 church members from the area have flooded properties
Lutheran South Academy and Pilgrim Houston were hit hard by flooding, and many staff affected
More areas are under assessment.

Our Southern District Disaster Relief team has been asked by the Texas District to provide our experience and resources, especially in the area of organization and management of volunteer work camps. That team consists of Dave Buss, Camp Restore-Baton Rouge LA, David Goodine, Kurt Jostes and Kathy Wendling of RAI and Camp Restore-New Orleans LA, Ed Brashier, Shepherd’s Heart Ministries-Gardendale AL, and Kurt Schultz. Preliminary work has started and a meeting of partners will be held next Wednesday in Houston.

It is important that we support the coordinated efforts of the Texas District. This will allow for the best stewardship of our resources. The volunteer camps will triage the needs. This order is not in order of importance but focuses on building greater capacity of care.  We are enabling our churches and their people to be servants to their neighbors. The camps will also be centers of distribution to meet the basic and immediate needs of all people.