The New Jersey District of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod is developing a state-wide Disaster Response Plan, and has established a Disaster Response Team with the Rev. Michael Dunne of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church (Montville, NJ) as the coordinator. Assisting Rev. Dunne are Rev. Chris Schoenberg of Good Shepherd in Point Pleasant and Rev. Richard Vossler of Grace Lutheran in Livingston.
Recently, volunteers participated in the MERCY in Action Lutheran Early Response Training (LERT) held at Our Redeemer in Fords as part of that plan. Other basic duties of the District team include training for participating congregations, assessing congregational needs following a disaster and helping to develop a relief and recovery plan, and working to help fulfill the needs of individuals and communities as needed.