March 8, 2014
Presbyterian Response to the Oklahoma Tornado
Dear Partners in Faith at First Presbyterian Church,
Our hearts ache for our neighbors in Moore, Oklahoma as they continue to dig out from the tornado and grieve the loss of lives and property and livelihood. As we wonder what to do to reach out to the victims of the Oklahoma tornado, we have three very good options:
First, we pray. I have included a powerful prayer from one of the Oklahoma churches for us to pray:
God who dwells in our midst, after so much destruction, with more storms to come, we pray for your mercy and grace...
For young ones, alone and scared...for those of advanced age who move slowly, even in the face of danger...Hear our prayer...
For those whose worldy possessions have vanished...for those who have lost a beloved family member, either natural or created...Grant them comfort and hear our prayer...
For the first responders who rush in to help when ruin is all around...for the doctors and nurses who welcome the injured and afraid with open arms...We give you thanks...
For those waiting to be rescued and for those hanging on by a thread...fill them with courage and strength...
For those sitting in front of televisions and computers, wondering how to help and why these things happen...Grant us insight and compassion...
Creator God, be with us now we pray, help us to take care of one another...help us to put our differences aside and trust that we are your people...love us when we are angry and rail against you...help us to love one another and grant us peace...Amen.
Second, we can contribute to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance through First Presbyterian Church or directly on their website, www.presbyterianmission.org. We will have an opportunity in worship this Sunday to contribute to disaster assistance in our offering time. Do know that Presbyterian Disaster Assistance utilizes funds from our One Great Hour of Sharing offering this Easter and is there on site to provide immediate relief in these disasters.
And finally, when the time is right and they are ready to rebuild, I'm sure that First Presbyterian Church and Missouri Union Presbytery will send mission trips to Moore, Oklahoma to help them rebuild. Let one of our elders or pastors know if you would like to go.
So God bless our brothers and sisters in faith during this difficult time and help us to help them.
In addition to the responses to the Oklahoma Tornadoes outlined above by Pastor Rob, we have two additional ways to respond:
We are going to put together Clean-up Buckets next Wednesday, May 29 beginning at 9:00 am at the church. We need volunteers (contact Pastor Dave if you can help) and we need the following items for the buckets (bring them to the church by 9:00 am on Wednesday):
Each bucket will be packed according to the following specifications – bring any of the following items:
5 Gallon buckets with resealable lids – MUST be 5 GALLON SIZE and have a tight fitting lid
5 – Scouring pads
7 – Sponges, assorted sizes
1 - Scrub Brush
1 – Package Cleaning Towels (18 reusable. Like Easy Wipes)
1 – Box dry laundry detergent – 50-78 oz
1 – Liquid concentrated household cleaner (like Lysol), 12 oz
1 – Bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn), 24-28 oz
1 – Package of clothespins (48-50)
1 – Clothesline (100 feet) or 1 – Clotheslines (50 feet each)
5 – Dusk Masks
2 pair – Latex gloves (like Playtex)
1 pair – Work gloves
1 – 24-28 count roll of heavy duty trash bags (30-45 gallon, remove from carton)
1 – Bottle Insect Repellent (pump, drops or lotion – NOT Aerosol), 6-9 oz.
Please purchase all liquids in plastic bottles. Send only new, unopened materials. If you choose to do a complete bucket, put all items in the plastic bucket, packed securely to avoid damage during shipment and seal lid with packing tape.
The second additional response will come in June. If clean-up crews are still needed, we plan to send a team Tuesday through Friday, June 25 to 28, working through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. If you are interested in this trip, please see Pastors Rob or Dave, or Elders Jeff Sanders or Jack Dodson.
We continue to pray for those affected by these storms.
In Christ’s Service,
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