Maricopa Lutheran ChurchGATHERED by the Holy Spirit;
FED with the Word;
SENT to make Christ known.

Desert Wind School, 35565 W. Honeycutt Rd.
Maricopa, AZ 85138

Worship at 9 am

10:15 am Sunday School
   for 3-5th Graders
10:15 am Adult and Teen
   Bible Study


Pastor Glenn Zimbelman

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Hurricane Harvey / Irma and the Rains

Salem Lutheran ChurchLutheran Disaster Response – even as the rains and flooding persist in Texas and Florida – is responding to needs. Recovery will take years, and Lutheran Disaster Response will be there to accompany those affected through every phase of this disaster.

Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response, designated for "Hurricane Response – United States" will be used entirely (100 percent) for these disasters. Through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support.

Bishop Ray Tiemann of the Southwestern Texas Synod reports that the hardest hit areas in that synod include Rockport, Port Lavaca, Port Aransas, Refugio, Victoria, Robstown, and Corpus Christi. He indicates that electricity and water are out in many places. Roads are blocked by debris, and law enforcement is limiting access.

Bishop Tiemann told me that – in contacts with folks from the devastated areas – pastors and others have expressed appreciation for the prayers and notes of support through email and social media from people throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

He indicates that many of the buildings of congregations fared well. Some have roof and water damage. Thus far, in the Southwestern Texas Synod, only Holy Cross Church in Rockport has reported significant damage. The steeple is gone; there are holes in the roof; significant water damage has occurred; and the columbarium was blown over. He expects further reports of damage when people are permitted to return to evacuated communities.

Bishop Tiemann expresses gratitude to Lutheran Disaster Response and the local Lutheran Social Service operation for their assistance. “It will take a long time to recover from this,” he reminds us.

Meanwhile, Bishop Michael Rinehart in the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, is dealing with massive flooding in the Houston area and beyond. He reports that at least 20 ELCA congregations are flooded. Pastors and members in many places have had to evacuate. Highways are shut down. And all of the scenes on television of boats and trucks bringing people through the flood waters are very real.

Some ELCA congregations are serving as shelters, including St. Paul in LaGrange, Texas, which is hosting people from two nursing homes.

Bishop Rinehart says that the scope of the damage and needed recovery will become clearer when the rains stop and the flood waters recede. He asks for prayers for the people devastated by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. And he expresses gratitude for the “awesome job” of Lutheran Disaster Response.

Please continue to remember in prayer our sisters and brothers in Texas as they yearn for a new day of hope.

The Rev. Lowell G. Almen
Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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