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Superstorm Sandy affects MCC Churches 31 OCt 2012

Action Overview

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A Message from: Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson. Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches 

Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) is asking for prayers for all those affected by Superstorm Sandy. We have confirmed that all MCC staff and Governing Board members who live in the affected areas are safe and beginning the process of dealing with the aftermath.

Since the storm hit, we have been working with local MCC churches and Networks to determine how they have been affected by the storm and where the greatest needs are so that we can provide assistance.

As of this writing, we have identified two specific needs.

Open Door MCC in Boyds, Maryland sustained damage to the roof of the church building.  We are working with them to understand how we can assist, and what their immediate needs are.

Second, we know that some of the members and friends of MCC New York have suffered losses to their home or personal possessions and have urgent need for assistance. The church building seems to be ok, but there is great human need in New York.  In addition, continuing transportation problems in the area may delay deliveries to the church’s food bank, and they will need to make other arrangements to replenish the supply.

Please consider making a donation to assist with these urgent needs. You can donate online by clicking the button below, or you can send a check to MCC offices in Florida. We will be in touch with churches who need help and provide as much assistance as we can. And of course, we will keep you informed about specific needs as we identify them.

Thank you to all who have been contacting the moderator’s office and MCC staff offering your assistance, please continue to pray for those affected.

If you have any information regarding the needs of our churches and members in the areas affected by Superstorm Sandy, please send us an email to info@MCCchurch.net.

Make a donation online by clicking here or on the image below.     If you wish to make a donation by postal mail, send to the following address.

MCC – Emergency Relief Fund
Post Office Box 50488 
Sarasota, Florida 34232

Thank you for your prayers and support,

Rev. Elder Nancy L. Wilson
Moderator
Metropolitan Community Churches

Current News

Newsreel for This Effort

As of this writing, we have identified two specific needs.

Open Door MCC in Boyds, Maryland sustained damage to the roof of the church building.  We are working with them to understand how we can assist, and what their immediate needs are.

Second, we know that some of the members and friends of MCC New York have suffered losses to their home or personal possessions and have urgent need for assistance. The church building seems to be ok, but there is great human need in New York.  In addition, continuing transportation problems in the area may delay deliveries to the church’s food bank, and they will need to make other arrangements to replenish the supply.

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Our community greatly appreciates your prayers as we await information on further assistance needed. While they assess their needs and begin to reach out to others less fortunate, please extend your prayers from around the globe for their efforts and their healing.

Pray With Us

God of Love and Compassion,

God, in these moments when we feel helpless and worried, we ask for your comfort and presence.

Together, we join our hearts and spirits to pray for the members and friends of Spirit of Christ MCC. We also hold in our hearts all the people in the Joplin area who were affected by this storm.

We know you as the comforter and healer and we call on you to do your work in all the places where fear, injury, loss and devastation are present. We believe, Oh God, in the mystery of your power and call on it now as we pray.

Amen

Support

Give Online to MCC Disaster Relief Your gifts to MCC Disaster Relief ensure that when we have requests for financial or resource assistance, we are able to immediately respond on your behalf. It’s easy to give to MCC on-line. Due to enhanced security, MCC accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards through PayPal. NOTE: You do NOT have to have a PayPal account to give!



Joplin, MO and Spirit of Christ MCC Heavily Impacted by Tornado Damage 22 May 2011

Action Overview

Call for Prayer for Spirit of Christ MCC and Joplin, MO following Severe Tornado Rev. Elder Lillie Brock The following information was released by Rev. Elder Lillie Brock, 12 June 2011 Thanks to everyone for your responsiveness, care and concern for the thousands of people affected by the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, Sunday night. If you have been following the news, you know the devastation is profound and search-and-rescue efforts continue. These are the most current we have (12 June 2011):

  • Rev. Steven Urie, the pastor of Spirit of Christ MCC in Joplin, and his partner, Heath, are safe.
  • Rev. Dr. Carol Trissell from Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis met with Rev. Steve Urie, pastor of Spirit of Christ MCC, and the congregation to offer grief counseling and deliver additional supplies. Rev. Carol is working with MCC clergy who are also trained in counseling to create a pastoral care plan to meet the needs of SOC MCC tornado victims.
  • Pastor Tom Emmett from MCC Omaha will survey SOC MCC members and friends next week to help shape the role of his visit to the church June 17-20. During that time he will work with the pastor, board of directors, and congregation to begin a conversation to identify short and long term goals which will also include the allocation of donations.
  • Rev. Elder Lillie Brock and network co-leads Linda Beckstead and Terry Curry remain in ongoing contact with Rev. Steve to assess the congregation’s needs and provide support as it is identified.
  • Susie Brenner, from Brenner-Beckstead Ministries and MCC Omaha congregants will travel to Joplin to worship with Spirit of Christ MCC June 12. Susie will provide the music since the church’s sound system and iWorship collection was destroyed in the storm.

Additional supplies and donations continue to support Spirit of Christ MCC during this recovery period. You can send donations directly to Spirit of Christ MCC, PO Box 1843, Joplin, Missouri, 64802. You can also contact Network Co-lead Linda Beckstead at Linda@BrennerBeckstead.com or 402.850.7153 if you have any questions.

Current News

Newsreel for This Effort DRJOPLINTORNADOMAY11UPDATE (12 June 2011 – 3:12 PM): Network churches that are in the Joplin, MO area have offered or made provisions for help in some way.  Supplies are being gathered now in the local churches. OTHER NEWS From MCC Omaha – Prayer Service for Spirit of Hope MCC in Joplin, MO – Click Here to Learn More! From KOAM Television Station – Video – 23 May 2011, 06:38AM

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Our community greatly appreciates your prayers as we await information on further assistance needed. While they assess their needs and begin to reach out to others less fortunate, please extend your prayers from around the globe for their efforts and their healing.

Pray With Us

God of Love and Compassion,

God, in these moments when we feel helpless and worried, we ask for your comfort and presence.

Together, we join our hearts and spirits to pray for the members and friends of Spirit of Christ MCC. We also hold in our hearts all the people in the Joplin area who were affected by this storm.

We know you as the comforter and healer and we call on you to do your work in all the places where fear, injury, loss and devastation are present. We believe, Oh God, in the mystery of your power and call on it now as we pray.

Amen

Support

Give Online to MCC Disaster Relief Your gifts to MCC Disaster Relief ensure that when we have requests for financial or resource assistance, we are able to immediately respond on your behalf. It’s easy to give to MCC on-line. Due to enhanced security, MCC accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards through PayPal. NOTE: You do NOT have to have a PayPal account to give!



Series of Tornadoes in Southern United States 24-28 April 2011

Action Overview

Call for Prayer for Southern United States Impacted by Severe Tornadoes Ken Martin The following information was released by Rev. Elder Ken Martin

Dear MCC Members and Friends,
Today our thoughts and prayers are with all those whose lives have been lost or changed forever by the devastating and unprecedented tornadoes that have occurred across the southern United States.

As the Elder for the networks in this part of the US, I have been attempting to contact our members and churches. At this time we believe that all our members and churches are safe, but areas around some of them have experienced severe damage and lives will be impacted by these tragic events in many ways.

If you are aware of specific situations to which we need to respond with disaster relief, please contact me.
Faithfully, Rev. Elder Ken Martin RevKenMartin@mccchurch.net

Current News

Newsreel for This Effort UPDATE Holy Cross MCC Task Force Assembled – 27 April 2011 A special Holy Cross MCC Task Force has been assembled to assist those in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding areas who have suffered loss due to the effects of this week’s tornado destruction. Our Holy Cross MCC church office will be open on

*Friday, April 29th from 10am to 7pm * *Saturday, April 30th from 10am to 6pm* Please drop off your donations during these office hours.

to collect the following:

  • Bottled Water
  • Toiletries (male & female)
  • Clothing – especially for children
  • Soap & Detergent
  • Canned goods – pop top which do not require heating or cooking

At *6pm on Saturday, April 30th*, we are asking for help to load the trucks and trailers (which have also been donated) with the items received.If you have any questions regarding how and/or when to help, please contact Donna Stough @ 850.221.2700 or email donnaggnwl@aol.com


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Our communities have so far reported that they are safe. While they assess their needs and begin to reach out to others less fortunate, please extend your prayers from around the globe for their efforts and their healing.  (prayer adapted from a service following hurricane Katrina)

Pray With Us

God of Love and Compassion,

When the trees bow and snap under the weight of the wind, When the rain destroys rather than nurtures the earth, When the streets are littered with wet teddy bears, broken dishes and shattered dreams, When it seems the future and all it promises is blown away in an instant,

Then it is only to you, O God, that we know to turn for comfort and hope. Hear our prayers as we share the brokenness of those who are suffering and show us the ways we can be your messengers of healing and hope.

Amen

Support

Give Online to MCC Disaster Relief Your gifts to MCC Disaster Relief ensure that when we have requests for financial or resource assistance, we are able to immediately respond on your behalf. It’s easy to give to MCC on-line. Due to enhanced security, MCC accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards through PayPal. NOTE: You do NOT have to have a PayPal account to give!



Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand February 2011

Action Overview

Call for Prayer for Christchurch, New Zealand The following information was released by Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, MCC In February 2011 an earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, toppling buildings and killing many people. The city has been devastated. The Cathedral in the center square has been destroyed. Power is gone in most places and there is no safe water. I spoke with Marion Wilson, one of the Crave MCC, NZ leaders. She says that people from the church are physically safe and many deeply unsettled by the events. Neil Hellewell, another leader, has spent most of the day and much of the night working at the hospital. Many are being cared for in parks around the city. Please keep the congregation of Crave MCC and the people of the city of Christchurch and surrounding area in your prayers. Marion Wilson, Neil Hellewell from Crave MCC Christchurch

Current News

Newsreel for This Effort 9 March 2011 – Neil H. from CRAVE MCC in Christchurch provides an update to the conditions still existent in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Click Here!

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Our community in Christchurch is safe and recovering.  While they work through this difficult time, they ask for our prayers from around the globe for their efforts and their healing.

Pray With Us

Gracious God, We lift our voices to join the chorus of people asking for your healing presence with the people of Christchurch. Share your peace with those who are frightened, Share your strength with the ones searching for those who are trapped, Share your compassion and healing touch with those dealing with the injured. Be with all the families searching for loved ones or grieving the loss of those who are now with you. Cathedral in ChristchurchMay everyone feel your enveloping love and know that they are not alone. We pray for the land, may the tremors of the earth ease. We know that journey through this devastation is just beginning and we pray for a spirit of hope for Christchurch’s people as they grieve their losses and work to rebuild their lives. God, with you all things are possible and we know that through you, prayer can bring comfort to a hurting world. May the people of Christchurch feel your love and find renewed courage for the days ahead. We offer our prayer through your many names and in the name of Jesus. Amen

Support

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