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 [...]
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.
Many special events commemorate the May 22 one-year anniversary of the deadly tornado that decimated Joplin, Mo. But Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin plans to continue doing what it started immediately after the catastrophe — serving the community as it recovers. “We don’t feel the need to add any more [commemoration] activities,” said Trent Davis, [...]
As circuit counselors in the LCMS Texas District continue to assess damages, the LCMS’ disaster response ministry leaders are giving thanks that, so far, there have been no reports of deaths or serious injuries to member families after a series of tornadoes shredded homes and hurled tractor-trailer trucks into the air on April 3. “[It's] [...]
We give thanks to God for the compassion and dedication of the students at Trinity Lutheran Christian School in Amarillo, Texas, who marched around the Amarillo Zoo on March 9, and raised more than $1,200 for tornado victims. Their funds will enable our Synod’s disaster response ministry to support local congregational relief efforts for recent [...]
Firemen help clear debris from a yard on Noble Street in the Huron Farms area, Friday, March 16, 2012, after a tornado hit Dexter, Mich., Thursday evening. (AP Photo/AnnAbor.Com, Angela J. Cesere) Leaders of the LCMS disaster response ministry are in touch with two LCMS congregations in northwest Ann Arbor, Mich., — St. Paul Lutheran [...]
A group of 17 members from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, gathered after worship Sunday, March 4, and traveled half an hour to help homeowners in Clermont County, Ohio, clear debris left by a March 2 tornado there that killed three people and damaged more than 250 buildings. They also brought hope to those homeowners [...]
LCMS Indiana District President Rev. Dr. Daniel May joined LCMS Disaster Response personnel and the Indiana District's disaster-response team on visits to Henryville and Marysville, Ind., which suffered major damages in the storm system that produced dozens of tornadoes across 10 states.
LCMS Disaster Response Director Rev. Glenn F. Merritt and a team from the LCMS met with the Indiana District disaster team Sunday to identify opportunities to provide mercy to those affected by last week’s tornado that devastated Henryville, Ind.
By Sarah Schafer According to early reports Saturday, March 3, LCMS congregations and members were spared by the severe storm system Friday that produced dozens of tornadoes across 10 states, killing 35 in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Alabama, and resulting in miles of destruction. “God has spared us,” wrote the Rev. Bernie Ansorge of Ascension [...]