Resources for Sunday of Easter 4 in Light of the Boston Marathon Bombing Download in MS Word format Collect: O Savior, our Good Shepherd, You taught us that the thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy, but that You have come to bring life in abundance. Remember in Your divine pity [...]
Following the Monday, April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon attacks, the LCMS is fully prepared to do one of the things she does best: show mercy to those who are suffering. LCMS Disaster Response has been in touch with New England Distract President Timothy Yeadon, district staff and LCMS congregations in the Boston area, and the Rev. Carlos Hernandez, director, Church and Community Engagement, will be on scene.
LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison offers words of comfort following the tragedy in Boston: “Like the death of our Lord Christ Himself, we pray that, even in this dark hour, the sacrifice and pain of those affected will not be in vain, but redound in good as yet unseen.”
UPDATE FROM HATTIESBURG: The Rev. Glenn Merritt, director, LCMS Disaster Response, reports that utility crews are still hard at work restoring power to homes and businesses affected by last weekend’s tornado. Mercifully, there are no new reports of damage. The city has authorized a call for volunteers to help clear trees and repair buildings. Patch [...]
Nearly three months after Superstorm Sandy, eight elderly, single women struggling to resume their lives along the hard-hit New Jersey Shore were among those offered a helping hand with debris and tree removal by Shepherd’s Heart Ministry. “All the women had limited access to help, financial or otherwise,” said David Hildebrandt, Sandy relief coordinator for [...]
The LCMS began reaching out Monday, Feb. 11, to LCMS families and the Hattiesburg, Miss., community after a tornado struck the city Sunday, Feb. 10. The storm caused major damage. According to early reports, it injured as many as 67 people and left up to 15 hospitalized.
Concordia Publishing House’s 2013 vacation Bible school program includes an offering opportunity for “Ready Now: Disaster Response Fund,” which enables the LCMS to respond quickly to those who are suffering in the wake of a disaster. “Ready Now” funds are used to provide food and water, and survival and shelter kits to those whose lives [...]
While Congress and insurance companies continued to crunch numbers concerning Superstorm Sandy financial assistance, congregations in the LCMS Atlantic and New Jersey Districts made Christmas a bit happier for families who lost their homes and for those still living without electricity. Volunteers visited some of the hardest-hit communities during the days before Christmas, distributing thousands [...]
Will Luther, Moses and Isaiah be at school, too? Callers didn’t necessarily ask about the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs by their individual names, but that’s who they meant when they contacted Sandy Hook Elementary School as classes prepared to resume on Thursday, Jan. 3, for the first time since the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn. [...]
(Image: The Very First Christmas by Rev. Dr. Paul L. Maier, LCMS third vice president, published by Concordia Publishing House, is being distributed to Superstorm Sandy survivors.) As the struggles continue for many Superstorm Sandy survivors in the Northeast, two LCMS districts are joining forces with the Synod’s International Center to share a special Christmas [...]