Weekend resources: UCC responds to Harvey, Irma, more

Here are resources for prayer and giving as we gather in our faith communities this weekend and seek to respond to the call to love our neighbor in the midst of multiple disasters: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, with Tropical Storms Jose and Katia right behind and gathering strength; wildfires in the U.S. Northwest; floods in Northeast India, Nepal and Bangladesh, and mudslides in Sierra Leone, and even this long list is not inclusive.

Love your neighbor in the midst of multiple disasters happening simultaneously

“Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22)

It is Hurricane Season!

Hurricane Irma (Caribbean and USA) – is the second major hurricane of the 2017 season. It is already causing destruction in its path. As a category 5 storm with wind gusts recorded at 185 miles per hour, Hurricane Irma already has inflicted destruction on people living in the Caribbean.

Global Ministries (UCC/Disciples of Christ) partners in the region are preparing for response and recovery, with the support of UCC Disaster Ministries.

Hurricane Irma is slated to make landfall in the U.S. late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The shear mass and speed of the storm is predicted to cause devastation in Florida with predictions of damage reaching Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

Hurricanes Jose and Katia are still forming in the Atlantic Ocean but may follow the same path along the Caribbean as Irma. Jose is picking up speed and is already reported to have wind gusts of up to 150 mph.

Join us in praying for all impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and other tropical storm systems that are already forming as more hurricanes in the region.

PRAY New resources are available to assist with worship: New hymn written for Times of Disaster

GIVE Your financial gifts multiply for deep impact in people’s lives in disaster response and recovery.

UCC Hurricane Harvey Response and Recovery

UCC Hurricane Irma Response and Recovery (International and USA)

Additional prayers are asked for people in other communities recently impacted by disaster. Pray for the people facing WILDFIRES in the U.S. Northwest, FLOODS in Northeast India, Nepal, and Bangladesh and MUDSLIDES in Sierra Leone. We pray also for those being impacted by an earthquake in Mexico.

Updates and Current Stories can be found on the UCC website: www.ucc.org/disaster.

Stories and updates also are on the UCC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/onegreathourofsharingucc/ and Twitter: @OGHS_at_UCC (https://twitter.com/OGHS_at_UCC)

Your contributions to the all-church One Great Hour of Sharing Offering and Our Churches’ Wider Mission (OCWM) make UCC Disaster Ministries possible. Go deeper into these specific disasters by participating in these special appeals.

Categories: Disaster Updates

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