Three United Church of Christ congregations were in the high-impact area August 10 when a hurricane-strength "derecho" swept across Central Iowa. Even as they dealt with the derecho’s damage to their churches and homes, pastors and members stepped up to help their communities.
And as word spread through social media of the destruction, the broader UCC (local, conference and national) stepped up to help. “it was like Pentecostal fire for the churches,” said the Rev. Darrell Goodwin, a UCC associate conference minister.