“Holy God, you are an ever-present help in times of trouble. We put our hope in you on behalf of those whose lives have been affected by tragedy in the Bahamas. We pray their peace and comfort, asking for help for those who have suffered loss. We pray calm for those who now wait anxiously. Grant your peace O God. Amen.”

Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson
United Church of Christ, Associate General Minister
for Wider Church Ministries and Operations

Dear Friends,

As we have once again watched the all too common tragedy of a major hurricane moving up from the Caribbean and leaving devastation behind, our natural instincts turn to wondering what we can do to help. The following information is from our UCC.org website.

What can you do right now to help Dorian and other disaster survivors? Here are some suggestions.

1. Pray for all who have been impacted and those that remain in harm’s way. Note the prayer above offered by Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson.

2. Donate to support disaster recovery, families and communities impacted by disaster.
100% of funds designated for disaster relief to the United Church of Christ are used for disaster relief and rehabilitation programing.
OGHS: One Great Hour of Sharing is the Lenten Offering of the United Church of Christ that supports disaster, refugee and development actions.
Emergency USA Fund: Each year in the United States hundreds of disasters occur. Some disasters are large enough to make the news but often dozens of smaller disasters escape media attention. The Emergency USA Fund allows UCC Disaster Ministries to respond to both large and small natural and human caused disasters in all 50 U.S. States and territories.
International Emergency Relief Fund: Disasters affect millions of people worldwide every year. UCC Disaster Ministries is well positioned to respond in most parts of the world through our longstanding partnerships and connections. Donations to the International Disaster Relief Fund enable UCC Disaster Ministries to support emergency relief efforts, long-term rehabilitation, advocacy and sustainability efforts.
Donations may be made directly at the UCC.org website or through our church office.

3. Volunteer to help families and communities recover.

4. Build relief kits using the UCC Disaster Ministries Matching grant.

5. Prepare your family and church so that you are able to respond locally if a disaster impacts your community.

Yours in grace,
Rev. Kevin

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