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Disaster Relief

September Pastor's Pen

Like many of you, my thoughts and prayers over the last few weeks have been with the millions and millions of those affected by the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and throughout the Caribbean. There was a time in our not too distant past when we may have been largely unaware of events that distant from us; and may have never learned of the damage and loss on many small and remote islands. Now, we watch the storms in real-time as reporters and correspondents brave the winds and torrential rain to give us up to the minute reports.
 
The images we have all seen have been a horrific reminder of the power of nature. Regardless of what we know about science, how powerful our phones are, the presence of the internet giving us all the knowledge of the world, nature will always find ways to remind us that it is more powerful than we. We are to care for it, always aware of its ability to provide but also be aware of its power to destroy.
 
In the wake of the catastrophic damage from both Harvey and Irma, many of us are giving to various charities that are providing for those affected. Each of us have our charity of choice, a group we have supported often in the past and will continue to support in years to come. Many of those groups are a result of people of faith coming together to be of service to those in need.
 
Did you know that the United Church of Christ has a ministry of response for those affected by disasters (both in this country and around the world)? UCC Disaster Ministries is a program of the United Church of Christ that responds to natural and human caused disasters all over world and is well positioned to respond in most events. Through our volunteers, congregations, Conferences and partnerships UCC Disaster Ministries seeks to serve the most vulnerable populations that require spiritual, physical, financial and psychological support.
 
In times of domestic disaster, UCC Disaster Ministries office provides a platform and facilitation for much of this work while collaborating with and through UCC Conferences and a network of Internationally, UCC Disaster Ministries maintains direct relationships and partnerships with organizations and faith communities able to appropriately and effectively respond to emergency and long-term needs.
 
To find out more about UCC Disaster Ministries, and to donate go to: http://www.ucc.org/disaster. You can also contact Zachary Wolgemuth the Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries by phone at 216-736-3211.
 
With the Greatest of Hope!

Erik