May 19, 2017
Each Thursday evening Pacific Presbyterian church hosts a dinner for those in the community who are in need. Since the flood occurred, the number of guests have dramatically increased. The church is struggling to keep up, and are in need of volunteers who can help them serve. Simultaneously, the flood knocked out the downstairs bathroom where the guests are seated. The presbytery is helping to repair the bathroom and manse. But volunteers for the Thursday evening dinner must come from congregations. If you would like to help out Pacific, please contact the church at (636) 257-2742.
In addition to writing a grant for Pacific, we submitted grant requests for Perryville and Potosi. I misquoted the tornado fund for Perryville. We sent $4,176.50, not $1,200. The presbytery sends an additional $2,000 for each grant PDA provides.
Rev. Annette Joseph, Rector for Poplar Bluff Episcopal church writes, “I just finished working at the last Multi-Agency Resource Center in Doniphan this week. We had a busy start there. Mostly renters and some homeowners.
There are places surrounding us where it is still touch and go because the flood waters have not receded enough. This would be Fisk, I think, especially with new threats of rain coming every other day.
This is going to be a long term situation for Van Buren and Doniphan. In Van Buren, 188 homes were lost and 40 businesses. The river is closed and the community relies on tourism dollars in order to survive. This affects them severely. The Ozark Community Foundation has opened fund donations to go to grants for local churches or nonprofits to work with long-term recovery; the link is here:
Finally, in unification of spirit and in love, several larger congregations within the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, are donating to supplement the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance fund. This is great news! These congregations are taking the lead in giving, and modeling the connected community that is the core of what it means to be a presbytery. Please seriously consider sending a financial contribution to support these efforts. All checks should be made to the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy and put “flooding” in the memo.
Rev. Craig Howard
Rev. Craig M. Howard
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Transitional Leader
(314) 772-2395, ext. 110