Hurricane Relief Response

I have no doubt that as many of you have watched the news and seen the devastation in Houston and Florida, you are wondering, “how can we help.”  I am proud to say that St. Michael’s has an amazing history of helping in very specific and concrete ways when Hurricane Katrina struck, and I hope that we can once again live into our Christian values of helping those in need in this situation as well.  

           

First, we must remember that every storm is different, and that our response will vary according to those needs.  For this moment, the best way any of us can help is to donate money for emergency relief.  St. Michael’s Outreach Committee (who distributes grants from the 10% of our annual budget) has offered to match donations up to a total of $3500 for Hurricane relief when made through the church.  And thanks to donations from And All The Angels Gift Store and others, it brings St. Michael's total match up to $5000. To take advantage of this match, you can donate online, and designate it as “Other,” and then type in “Hurricane Relief”.  You can also write a check with the same in the memo line.  We will split the collected funds between Episcopal Relief and Development and hands.org.  

           

Second, St. Michael’s is looking for a connection in the affected areas, so that when it becomes possible to help more directly, we can do so in a way that is needed and truly helpful.  If you know of a person or organization with which we might partner in the coming months, please let me know.  I am grateful for Ann Ryba, who not only helped coordinate St. Michael’s efforts on hurricane Katrina, has also agreed to help us once again for hurricane Harvey & Irma.  Before long, all hurricanes will know and fear the name Ann Ryba!  :)

           

And finally, please pray for all of those affected. Prayer is not a substitute for action, but prayer coupled with action can truly make a difference in the lives of those affected by this storm.  Pray that God will move all of us to compassion, and guide us in the best ways to help.  

 

Jesse+

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