United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Flood recovery in Pacific Junction, Iowa - one mom's story

The damage inflicted by severe flooding and tornadoes across the United States this spring can be quantified in billions of dollars. It also can be described by the ache in one mom's heart to get her four daughters back into the only home they've ever known.

New "Disaster Preparedness Manual for Churches" is published

Is your church prepared to withstand a natural disaster and to help your congregation and community in the aftermath? Being ready just got easier, thanks to the new "A Disaster Preparedness Manual for Churches" from UCC Disaster Ministries and the Insurance Board. Tailored for use by houses of worship of any denomination or faith, the easy-to-use 24-page manual is a guide to preparing your building and congregation and to serving your community when disaster occurs....

UCC extends matching grants for CWS buckets to December 2019

UCC Disaster Ministries is extending the deadline for congregations assembling CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets to apply for Matching Grants up to $250 each. Churches now have until December 31, 2019, to stretch their own cash and in-kind contributions to stocking up these supplies so in demand following hurricanes, flooding and other disasters. 

UCC Michigan Conference Disaster Coordinators sailing to General Synod

UCC Michigan Conference Disaster Coordinators Harold and Marcia Beer are steering clear of fossil fuels on their way to the United Church of Christ General Synod in Milwaukee, Wis., June 21-25. They're going by sailboat from Muskegon, Mich. Members of Edgewood United Church UCC in East Lansing, they will sail their 27-foot sloop across Lake Michigan.

Another $50,000 for Hurricane Harvey recovery

UCC Disaster Ministries has sent an additional $50,000 for construction materials for its Hurricane Harvey recovery work site in Port Arthur, Texas, where it has been partnering with a local nonprofit to rehabilitate 17 low-income rental units that were flooded in the August 2017 disaster. 'We are nearing the end of the 17 units ... then it's on to Beaumont," reports the UCC's Joshua Lawrence.