A message from our churches on Staten Island
The four Staten Island Moravian Churches covet your prayers and support as we seek to assist our own members who suffered losses and as we seek to be present to our many friends and neighbors who are suffering from Hurricane Sandy. The loss of life, homes, and businesses on Staten Island is particularly great for those living in the low areas close to the beaches. We are now gathering information to determine the best way to cooperate with government and community agencies.
We will be meeting to develop a plan for our own Moravian response this coming Wednesday, Nov. 7th. We expect that our efforts will focus on those areas of service where we already have expertise and experience working together: providing food, clothing, pastoral care, and grants to agencies and individuals in need.
It would be helpful for those who wish to contribute specific materials or who want to travel to Staten Island to help with the relief effort to contact one of the Staten Island pastors before Wednesday evening (see http://www.moravian.org or contact your local Moravian church). In the meantime, we are cooking soup this weekend for distribution in the hardest areas and are giving thanks for God’s mercy. All four churches and parsonages came through the storm with very little damage.
The Central Elders of the United Brethren’s Church, with permission from the Eastern District and in behalf of the four Staten Island Moravian Churches, will be accepting donations to help in the relief effort. Checks should be made out to the United Brethren’s Church – Central Elders and the memo line should read Hurricane Sandy Relief. They should be sent to 2205 Richmond Road, Staten Island, NY 10306. The Rev. Maggie Wellert, Pastor of Great Kills Moravian Church is serving as the Chairperson of the Central Elders this year.
Posted Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012