Three Iowa UCC congregations were in the path of damaging "derecho" winds in August. But even as they dealt with damage to their churches and homes, pastors and members stepped up to help their communities.Read more
The Rev. Kate West of First Congregational UCC, Belle Plaine, Iowa, describes living through damaging August winds -- and all the help that came from inside and outside the community, including from the wider UCC.Read more
From safe rooms in basements to solar panels on rooftops, local church actions on immigration and climate change were subjects of repeated coverage in United Church News and Keeping You Posted last year – along with national policy work and demonstrations on those two issues. Here are 10 major United Church of Christ topics of 2019, from the news department in the Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity and Communication.Read more
Since March 14, Tropical Cyclones Idai and Kenneth and resulting flooding have claimed more than 600 lives in Mozambique and neighboring countries. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced to temporary camps. The UCC has begun its early response and planning for recovery with partners. Thus far, $65,000 has been provided to address the needs, and a special appeal has been launched.Read more
Help Hurricane Harvey survivors by using this bulletin insert to encourage support for our disaster relief efforts. Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday, August 25 as a Category 4. The storm has caused widespread flooding and significant damage across southern Texas and Louisiana. It will require a wide response.
An Epic Storm needs an Epic Response
Hurricane Harvey Response
The UCC Disaster Ministries is already engaged in response by supporting partners and planning for recovery. Giving to the Harvey appeal ensures that 100% of your support will be used for disaster relief and rehabilitation targeting the unique needs of vulnerable individuals and families. We do this by being nimble and adaptable in each disaster which allows us to fill gaps in services through provisions of spiritual care, community organizing, repair and reconstruction of homes, tools, building materials and volunteer coordination.
Please pray for continued strength and resolve for those whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Please also pray for the First Responders, disaster coordinators, and many volunteers who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey, now and in the days, months, and years to come.
Donate Money. The response and rebuilding will be long-term. Your generous contribution now makes this long-term response possible. www.ucc.org/disaster_hurricane_harvey.
Assemble CWS Clean-up Kits. The UCC has matching grants available, even if you previously assembled kits in 2017: www.ucc.org/disaster_2017_matching_grants_for_cws_kits_home_page
Every loss we experience needs a corresponding period of grieving. The length of time and depth of grief should correspond to the nature of the loss. The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is the same. Some are deeply impacted, with loss of loved-ones, homes, valuables, memories; while others may have been impacted only by images they saw in the news.
Whatever the connection, it is important to know that a loss has taken its toll on many. And it will take many to help those deeply impacted, recover. Let them know they are not alone.
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
Let Us Pray
One: O God of mercy and God of grace, strengthen us during this time of turmoil, loss, and grief. Help us to lean on you. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Help us to provide a helping hand to all who need it. Help us to lend our hearts to the broken-hearted.
All: God in your mercy, hear our prayer.