Efforts continue to provide care and support for individuals and communities affected by the recent hurricanes.
The Texas District has assigned Julie Tucker to be their Director of Immediate Response.
You may contact her regarding how you and your congregation might assist our sisters and brothers in the Texas District, as they serve their neighbors and communities.
Read her September 22 update here.
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LCMS, Florida-Georgia & Texas District Hurricane Relief Information
District Update - September 13 - Hurricane Irma Relief in the FLGA District
How Can I Help? Ongoing Updates from Texas District Disaster Relief
Give Now - Online Donations
LCMS Disaster Response
One of the hardest hit cities affected by Hurricane Harvey was Port Arthur, TX.
Approximately 30 families who are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Arthur have lost their homes. The church itself was minimally affected and has become a staging area for the Texas District and LCMS relief efforts.
Rev. Timothy Dinger is the pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Port Arthur, and is the father of the NJ District's own Rev. Andrew Dinger (Holy Trinity, Somerset).
To make a donation to Trinity, Port Arthur as they serve these families in need, please visit Holy Trinity's secure online giving page here. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Somerset, NJ). All of the money collected for Hurricane Harvey relief through Holy Trinity's online giving page will go directly to Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Arthur.
You may also mail a check to Trinity Lutheran Church directly:
Trinity Lutheran Church
Hurricane Harvey Relief
2400 5th St
Port Arthur, TX 77640
Thank you for your support,
The NJ District Disaster Response Team
From the LCMS Reporter Online
LCMS World Relief and Human Care, along with its LCMS Disaster Response, are already "hard at work" in "close collaboration" with the Texas District, with ongoing assessments to find out from local pastors and other leaders the "greatest, immediate needs" of those with flood damages, according to LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison.
Once stabilized, Synod congregations in affected areas, he added, will serve as "hubs of outreach in their communities," responding to both physical and spiritual needs.
Initial financial support from the LCMS includes:
The Rev. Dr. Ross Johnson, director of LCMS Disaster Response, plans to lead an LCMS assessment team to Texas, departing Aug. 30 from St. Louis.
Johnson noted that with some 160 LCMS congregations in the flooded areas of the state, "everywhere that there's substantial flooding, we have a congregation nearby," providing "unique opportunities" for Lutherans to reach out to all hurting people with both physical aid and spiritual care, "bringing words of comfort and words of hope."
"God is in the midst" of the devastation, Johnson said, "walking beside" those with needs - and those working to meet those needs.
Just as the Synod's response to 2005's Hurricane Katrina lasted many years - LCMS funding and volunteers helped complete repairs on more than 6,000 Katrina-damaged homes via the Southern District's Camp Restore, he noted - its response to Hurricane Harvey also will be long-term, "to walk alongside disaster victims" ... "for the months and years to come."
And he's confident, he added, that that comfort and care "will be a blessing and a light in a very dark time in many people's lives."
Resources for Congregations & Individuals
The LCMS encourages congregations to use these church bulletin inserts and resources to inform members how they can support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
How Can I Help? Updates from the Texas District Disaster Relief Coordinator
Give Now - Online Donations
News & Events
Mission and ministry events & opportunities from around the NJ District and beyond.