Several United Church of Christ churches in eastern Pennsylvania, including St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Tremont, PA, and First Reformed United Church of Christ in Hamburg, PA, have been damaged by flooding and are in need of recovery assistance. Below is information from an announcement sent to Old First by the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference:
“During the past several weeks several parts of Penn Northeast Conference and Pennsylvania Southeast Conference have sustained severe damage due to the heavy and continuous rains. Hundreds of homes and a few churches in both conferences have suffered severe damage. The churches and members of both conferences have responded with funds, clean up and hygiene kits, and volunteers. Local pastor and church leaders and members of the Disaster Ministry Teams of the two conferences have also been heavily engaged in coordinating our efforts. For that we are very grateful.
Help from the United Church of Christ family has also been made available. The Ohio Conference delivered nearly 1,000 clean-up and hygiene kits to Susquehanna County in Penn Northeast Conference. UCC national disaster ministries staff have helped to guide the efforts. Later this week, Bill and Ellen Matten, Penn Central Conference Disaster Coordinators, will deploy to Schuylkill County to begin the process of damage assessment. Bill and Ellen have done this work for the UCC in many parts of the country. The process of property damage assessment is always a difficult one, but it is a most important step in the process to recovery!
You can help as well.
- You can organize a work team or serve as a volunteer. For work in our conferences you can contact Conference Disaster Coordinator Karl Jones at 570-617-4018 – firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can go to http://www.ucc.org/disaster_disaster-volunteers to discover more about any of the intermediate and long-term recovery volunteer opportunities that are currently open and seeing volunteers.
- Your church can assemble clean-up buckets, hygiene kits, and/or school kits. Go to https://cwskits.org/assemble-kits/emergency-cleanup-buckets/ to learn more about these kits. Completed kits can be delivered to either of our Conference offices or St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 200 W Main St, Trappe, PA 19426 Phone: (610) 489-4933.
- You can raise funds for this important work. In long-term recovery funding is always one of the best ways to respond. This funding will be used throughout the two conferences for the work of recovery. Funds can be sent to: Pennsylvania Southeast Conference, 1441 Laura Lane, Suite 100, Pottstown, PA 19464.
- You can become a member of the Disaster Ministry Team. Contact Disaster Coordinator, Karl Jones (contact information above).
Please keep everyone affected by and who will help in the recovery process in your prayers.
Rev. Karl Jones
PSEC Disaster Response Coordinator”
If you would like to coordinate any assistance for the eastern Pennsylvania churches and the relief efforts on their behalf, please get in touch with Pastor Michael.