Photo: Remains of local church in Tennessee
Update, May 18, 2020:
Thrivent Choice Program:
Directing Choice Dollars is easy!
Visit thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more OR call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.
Update, May 12, 2020:
CDC Reopening America Guidance: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/OHOHS/2020/05/11/file_attachments/1447832/CDC%20Reopening%20America%20Guidance.pdf
Update, May 6, 2020:
A message from Medicare.gov:
Unfortunately, scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal your Medicare Number, personal information, and money. And they’re using robocalls, social media posts, and emails to do it.
Remember, if anyone reaches out to get your Medicare Number or personal information in exchange for something, you can bet it’s a scam.
Be on the lookout, so you can stop scams before they happen. Here are recent Coronavirus scams to watch for:
- Robocalls offering you respiratory masks they’ll never send
- Social media posts fraudulently seeking donations for non-existent charities, or claiming to give you stimulus funds if you enter your bank account information
- Fake testing kits, cures, “immunity” pills, and offers for protective equipment
Visit Medicare.gov/fraud for more information and tips on preventing Medicare scams and fraud.
The Medicare Team
Update, April 29, 2020:
Advent Lutheran Church, Kings Mountain, NC, donates supplies to local community: shelbystar.com/news/20200429/day-cares-in-cleveland-county-get-needed-supplies
Update, April 16, 2020:
From Mary Bates, NALC disaster response coordinator:
I received the below message from FEMA this morning. I have initiated a COVID-19 fund to respond in this time of a Disaster Declaration: send your monetary donations to NALC Disaster Response at 2299 Palmer Dr, Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112
Message from FEMA:
A month ago, President Trump declared a national emergency, which allowed federal government agencies to respond and help states, territories, and tribal entities conquer the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, 56 states, territories and the District of Columbia, have received major disaster declarations, which is the first time in the history of our Nation. In addition, 26 tribes are working directly with FEMA under the emergency declaration.
Two months ago, many of us did not have or foresee the roles that we are now in – working remotely at home while the kids run around us, spending holidays away from family and friends, or being a frontline worker wearing a mask without the ability to show a smile of appreciation less than six feet away from colleagues or survivors. Our country and the world has, and continues, to change.
This disaster is different for us, as it probably is for you. But just as faith-based communities show us after a hurricane, tornado, or earthquake, you (the entire faith community) quickly filled the gaps and leaned into response mode before the federal government could step in. You ramped up donations, delivered food to your at-risk populations, and you educated the masses on how Houses of Worship can still practice their faith at a distance, but together at heart.
Last week, the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives team called many of our partners to not only check in, but to hear about the amazing initiatives they are running across the country. While FEMA is often in the headlines, many of you do not always receive the recognition you truly deserve during times of crisis. The stories we heard through the phones warmed our hearts and provided ground truth that we do not always have the privilege of seeing (or hearing). We want to give a shout out to some of those partners who are responding!
Update, April 14, 2020:
There have been over 30 fatalities in the southern states. We will be working with churches to organize and equip local volunteers to respond. Emergency relief donations are being collected now. Contact me for a pick up at 740-509-1132 or email@example.com
As many communities are asked to stay at home, my heart breaks for families that now have nowhere to go — losing loved ones and homes in a matter of minutes.
Our hearts are with those families who have lost loved ones and we are coming alongside them to help families physically start to recover from the tornadoes while reminding them that God loves them and they are not forgotten. Please join me in praying for God’s peace and comfort to cover them.
Update, March 26, 2020:
Word of Caution:
NALC Disaster Response cautions congregation about meeting in person. One of our NALC pastors, along with several of their executive committee members have most likely contracted the virus during a small executive committee meeting they held last week. NALC Disaster Response encourages congregations to strongly consider not holding in person meetings at this time. Consider using services such as Gotomeeting and Zoom to meet online.
Halfway through the Stay at Home Mandate in Ohio:
Four recommendations for our congregations: 1. Donate face masks in unopened packages to ambulance, clinics and local hospitals. If allowed, sew fabric face masks. 2. Communicate with other members of your congregations by phone and social media in fellowship and love. Get to know people who you do not routinely talk to at church. 3. Provide an outdoor “free library” of non-perishable food and paper products such as toilet paper in single packs — restock as necessary. 4. Follow Joshua 1:8, “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night…be sure to obey everything written in it” (ESV). Try the “three by five technique.” Each week identify a Scripture that relates to an area in which you want to grow, write it down on a 3×5 index card and memorize it. In one year you’ll have 52 Scriptures you can recall and stand on. Think how that will impact your life!
Update, March 25, 2020:
NALC Disaster Response, at the national disaster warehouse, just finished delivering several thousand N-95 face masks and gloves to Southeast Ohio area ambulance services, health clinics, and local hospitals — we cleaned out the Warehouse, folks! Are you checking your garages and tools kits? Do you have any unopened packages of N-95 face mask that you were going to use to paint or otherwise — donate them now! Our medical professionals desperately need them. When Mary Bates called Marietta Memorial and was mistakenly transferred to a doctor, she went ahead and explained our mission and he said extremely emphatically, “Hell YES, we need all the face masks you can donate” and NALC Disaster Response has now delivered cases to him! Thank you, Jesus for Your love in this time of need.
Update, March 24, 2020:
Story from Ohio
Jack and Diane Walker from Salem Lutheran Church in West Alexandria, OH, and Tim Schubach and his wife Rita, went through all of the flood buckets stored at Salem, and picked out all of the masks and gloves. Jack and Diane took 10 sets of about 10 masks and 5 pairs of gloves to a medical facility somewhere close to West Alexandria. Tim and Rita took the rest, two garbage bags full of masks and one full of gloves, to Kettering Hospital in Kettering near Dayton. Kettering Health Network is one of the two big hospital networks in the Dayton area.
Kettering said they’d accept any masks they had, N95 or not.
Your Help Is Needed!
If you have flood buckets in storage, please contact your local ambulance services and hospitals to determine if they are allowed to receive your N-95 masks, gloves and disinfectants! Please share them if allowed! Some hospitals are requesting fabric face masks — ask that question also and then contact local quilters. Here are instructions: https://buttoncounter.com/2018/01/14/facemask-a-picture-tutorial/?fbclid=IwAR0wHYbXsfKPCZhwUvVQiOazkbxchgZf0uOw2K3acX3flSBNq6K9b1U9t2c
Update, March 13, 2020:
The impact of coronavirus continues to increase — please prayerfully consider whether to worship online by livestream or use social distancing in your house of worship. I encourage those at high risk to self-quarantine — more updates to come! God bless you all!
Update, March 12, 2020:
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Update, March 11, 2020:
Coronavirus Precautions from Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response Coordinator:
I have been listening and tracking carefully for what Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a multitude of other professionals are reporting on coronavirus and what it may mean for us in the Church.
Based on the advice of medical professionals and the CDC, we at the NALC Disaster Response are urging that if there’s even the smallest chance that we can be carriers of the virus, we should not visit nursing homes, go to work, or be in crowds. Self-quarantining for travelers is recommended, for up to 14 days.
It is recommended that persons considered “high risk” NOT ATTEND WORSHIP. High risk people include those over seventy and those with cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, or diabetes. If you choose to attend worship, you should NOT shake hands, instead, wave or do the sign language hello.
It has also been noted that it is twice as easy to contract the coronavirus than it is ordinary flu viruses. Proper hand washing is recommended. Hand washing is the #1 way to prevent the spread of the virus. Pastor Matthew Magera suggests that we say the Lord’s Prayer while hand washing to insure the full measure of cleanliness.
A portion of these recommendations are taken from Pastor Mark Daniels. Other policies and procedures that our churches are employing need to be shared. Thank you pastors and staff for your support!
Due to the very mobile society that we live in today, it is anticipated that the virus will spread before being contained.
Please look at this website to see preventive measures recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Click here for the equally helpful World Health Organization site: who.int/…/novel-coronavirus-2…/advice-for-public.
Please also check these five tips for avoiding contracting or spreading the coronavirus from Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health: youtube.com/watch…
For more information, please contact Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response coordinator at 740-509-1132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update, March 8, 2020:
NALC Disaster Response is in need of school kits/supplies for the Donelson Christian Academy and health kits. Consider also sending gift cards and planning a mission trip this summer to help Reformation Lutheran Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee support long-term recovery, that would be extremely helpful. Children’s Bibles and teen Bibles are needed and lots of prayers! Any of these would be helpful at this time. These items can be sent to any of the collection points listed above.
Update, March 7, 2020:
Nashville, Tennessee was devastated by tornadoes Monday, possibly 4 on the ground which went for 80 miles, through Cookeville, Tennessee.
NALC Disaster Response is on the ground with our congregation Reformation Lutheran Church from Hendersonville, Tennessee. Pastor Dean Eatman, volunteers from the Carolinas Mission District, Mary Bates and team are serving hundreds in the impacted area. Twenty four people have died and twenty one are still missing. Pray for these families.
Your help is needed! Bibles, quilts, school kits (4 schools are 100% destroyed), health kits, and gift cards may be shipped or delivered to NALC Disaster Response, 810 Main St, Caldwell, Ohio 43724. Monetary donations may be sent to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr, Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Update, March 4, 2020:
Thank you Jesus. Pastor Eatman’s sister and family was found safe, several members of Reformation Lutheran Church experienced damages to their homes, they live in the Mount Juliet area, your prayers and support are needed! There have been 24 fatalities, hundreds of homes destroyed, emergency relief supplies are being transported to our churches in Tennessee, loading today, volunteers are needed and to support our volunteers, send monetary donations to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr., Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112. For more information, contact Mary Bates at email@example.com or 740-509-1132.
Update, March 3, 2020:
Prayers are needed for the families of the seven people killed last night in the Nashville, Tennessee tornadoes. NALC Disaster Response is responding through Reformation Lutheran Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee — thank you Pastor Dean Eatman for reaching out to the community. Members of Reformation were in the path, their status is unknown at this time. I will provide updates as available. To help out this devastated area, send monetary donations/checks to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr., Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112. To donate emergency relief supplies (Bibles, quilts, school kits and health kits are urgently needed), contact Mary Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-509-1132.
Update, March 2, 2020:
Larry and Deb Vomhof coordinated 25 volunteers from Minnesota to assist with long-term recovery in Dayton, Ohio, February 9-17. They worked on 14 homes, completing most of them so homeowners can now return to their homes after a year has passed. Three tv stations and the local newspaper covered the volunteers (Dayton News) while working at Ronnie’s home and Jesse’s home. All of these homeowners are very poor and really needed the love of Jesus. To schedule your youth and adults during 2020, contact Mary Bates, NALC disaster response coordinator at email@example.com.
Update, October 21, 2019:
Sunday night, October 21, a tornado touched down in north Dallas/Richardson area, possibly a F-3, NALC Disaster Response stands ready to respond. Please pray for the families who lost loved ones. Monetary donations may be sent to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr., Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Update, September 24, 2019:
NALC Disaster Response will be at St. John Lutheran Church – Montpelier OH on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 4-5pm to “Stuff the Truck,” collecting up donations of flood buckets, quilts, health kits, school kits and layettes for emergency disaster response.
If you are able, please deliver your donations to St. John’s by Saturday or before — and pass on the word!
Update, September 13, 2019:
Menno, South Dakota is flooding from yesterday’s storms. Pastor Theresa Jacobson and members are sandbagging in an attempt to save the church.
Update, September 6, 2019:
NALC Disaster Response has communicated with our pastors and congregations on the East Coast; from Jacksonville, FL to Atlantic City, NJ.
Thank you Jesus for your gracious blessings! Hurricane Dorian touched the coast in the Carolinas, causing localized flooding and tidal surge. However, other than power outages, there are no severe damage reports. Our congregations are reaching out to the larger communities in each state to offer aid and assistance. A load of flood buckets from the Disaster Warehouse at Advent Lutheran Church, Kings Mountain, NC will be delivered to our congregation in North Charleston, SC. Thank you Pastor Melinda Jones for serving the Charleston area at Advent Lutheran Church, North Charleston.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please send to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr., Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
If you would like to donate emergency relief supplies and gift cards for long-term recovery efforts, please send them to Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Warehouse, 810 Main St., Caldwell, Ohio 43724 or contact Mary about other arrangements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To provide assistance in the Bahamas, which was devastated by Hurricane Dorian, please send your support to Water Mission.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Update, September 4, 2019:
Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response coordinator, has talked with Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina congregations. Our pastors and congregations are prepared for Hurricane Dorian. Storm surge is the most significant issue to anticipate. Emergency relief supplies and volunteers are loaded and ready to go as needed. Please send your prayers for the Bahamas and our congregations on the East Coast!
To donate, please send monetary donations to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr. Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Update, September 3, 2019:
Hurricane Dorian, the first major hurricane of the 2019 storm season, slammed into the Bahamas as a powerful Category 4 storm. The storm’s powerful winds and heavy downpours have caused unprecedented flooding and damaged countless homes and businesses. Rescue workers are working quickly to assist individuals and families trapped in their houses, while organizations are organizing aid and relief efforts to help all those affected by record-setting Dorian.
As Dorian moves over the Bahamas, it has its sights set on much of the southeastern coast. Meteorologists predict communities from Florida through North Carolina may be affected by the storm as it moves north over the coming days.
You can help families and communities affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and the United States today. NALC Disaster Response is taking donations of material emergency relief supplies at the disaster warehouses in Caldwell, Ohio and the Carolinas; and please send monetary donations to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr. Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Interested in funding long-term support for the communities affected by Hurricane Dorian? Volunteers and donations of building supplies, gift cards and monetary donations are needed for long-term recovery rebuilding. The NALC Disaster Response Fund allows donors to give now to support recovery needs that will continue to surface long after our attention and the media attention has turned away. Recovery after a major storm like Hurricane Dorian can take many months, if not years.
Update, September 2, 2019:
NALC Disaster Response is tracking Hurricane Dorian, a Category 4 hurricane, as it moves toward the United States. We stand ready to deploy emergency relief supplies, volunteers, and assistance in support of our congregations. Your prayers and support are needed. Please pray for the thousands of families in harm’s way. Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response coordinator, will post daily updates as the storm progresses. For more information, contact Mary at 740-509-1132 or email@example.com. To donate, please send your donations to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr., Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Update, August 22, 2019:
From Mary Bates, NALC disaster response coordinator: I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the Sept. 14 Iowa Mission District Convocation. I will have a display there and information on long-term recovery for rebuilding of homes in Nebraska and vicinity. The WNALC and NALC Disaster Response are also doing a “Stuff the Truck” instead of the semi like we did last year.
Please let me know how many items you will be bringing to the convocation, so I can bring the proper size of truck—I really hope to fill a 26′ box truck!
Update, August 21, 2019:
From Tim Schubach (Miamisburg, OH) – I went out again this morning with Kim Moore to deliver furniture to tornado victims. We were a team of three with only two stops, but a pretty full load. We had a couple of beds, two ultra-heavy portable wardrobes, kitchen table with extension and chairs, two more sofa sleepers, a six piece sectional sofa, two TV’s, and several boxes of miscellaneous household items.
One thing I’d never thought about before … I asked one man if he was in the house when the tornado hit. He said no, he was in the county lockup. But when they all realized tornadoes had touched down, many of them started to cry knowing that they were safe in jail but not knowing anything about their families. And this man has six kids.
Even tho the Oregon District shooting pushed the tornado out of the spotlight a little, please don’t be fooled into thinking the needs have been met. Some of these pictures are from near Ground Zero in Trotwood.
Update, July 10, 2019:
Our Savior Lutheran Church, Auburn, CA is reaching out to Grace Lutheran Church, Ridgecrest, CA after the 5.4 and the 7.1 earthquakes and the multiple aftershocks that have devastated Ridgecrest and the surrounding communities. Through our partnership with Grace Lutheran, a LCMC congregation whose pastor, Kris Madsen, is dual rostered, hundreds of families will be served. Since the store shelves are completely empty, Our Savior volunteers are delivering the first truck load of emergency relief supplies the week of July 8. Baby and adult diapers, non-perishable food items, Bibles, first aid kits, and personal care items are needed. Your support and prayers are needed. To support delivery of emergency supplies, send donations to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr. Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Update, June 21, 2019:
Diane Walker, president of the Salem, West Alexandria, Ohio, Women of the North American Lutheran Church (SWNALC) reports, “Our group has collected donations to create health/hygiene and cleaning kits to provide disaster relief for the Dayton, Ohio area following the devastating tornados and for the flood victims in the Midwest area. As of date we have assembled over 500 health kits alone and approximately 300 or more cleaning kits for cleanup. We receive some donations from area residents and parishioners but the needs far surpass the donations … We have delivered and distributed many kits to Brookville, Trotwood, Northridge, and teamed up with the NALC Disaster Relief for distribution in downtown Dayton and for flood victims in the Midwest. What kits that will not be used locally will go to a warehouse in Caldwell, Ohio to be trucked to areas affected by natural disaster, but so far our local neighbors are still in need. Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.”
Volunteer teams for rebuilding are needed now! Gift cards/donations of flooring, drywall and building supplies are also needed. Please send donations to: NALC Disaster Response — NALC Warehouse, 810 Main St., Caldwell, Ohio, 43724.
For more information, please contact Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-509-1132.
Update, June 1, 2019:
There is currently a need for health kits. Send donations of health care kits to: NALC Disaster Response — NALC Warehouse, 810 Main St., Caldwell, Ohio, 43724.
Today, over 30 NALC volunteers are serving!
Update, May 31, 2019:
All Ohio NALC congregations near the path of the recent tornado are undamaged and are responding. Local congregations include: Salem – West Alexandria, Living Water – Centerville, Grace – West Carrollton, St John – Greenville, St John – Celina and Zion – St. Mary. Salem Lutheran Church in West Alexandria shared a recent update that they are still collecting, assembling and delivering food for the rescue workers. They have distributed prepared and dry food for victims, lots of water (a state of emergency was declared in Brookville due to water; tornado upgraded to EF4) 84 health kits and 17 large tubs of miscellaneous items. They have delivered about four truckloads of food, water and supplies since Tuesday. A local volunteer shared that she is “so amazed at God’s providence and the generosity of others.” Service groups in the community are using Salem Lutheran Church to brew large quantities of coffee and a local restaurant is loaning insulated carafes (Salem’s women’s group donated the coffee and cookies) to take to Brookville Fire Department for the rescue crews. The Salem Lutheran Church Facebook page had over 2,600 views so they are expecting more of specific donation requests made, such as respiratory masks, gloves, sunscreen, batteries, flashlights, chains for chainsaws, trash bags, baby wipes and more water. If the needs are met in the Brookville area, additional donations will be sent to Celina and the Midwest flood victims. Salem Lutheran Church’s response effort will be ongoing through NALC Disaster Response — send your donations to the NALC Warehouse, 810 Main St., Caldwell, Ohio, 43724
Celina, Ohio was in the path of the tornado. Celina First Church of God has already established a response team. The congregation has been feeding people and giving out bottles of water since the tornado hit. They also have a large supply of boxes for people to pack up what they can salvage from their homes. Local businesses made donations of food and personal hygiene items, most of which are being distributed by First Church of God. In the aftermath, there are people driving golf carts through the areas of Celina that have been hit, handing out water and snacks to people as they work to clean up debris. Several streets are closed to all traffic except cleanup crews and golf carts. St. John members and Pastor Karen are assisting as needed.
While not very wide, the tornado’s path was almost two miles long, and the damage to homes ranged from slight to total loss. People in the community are saying they have no choice but to tear down what is left and rebuild. Fortunately, only eight people were displaced by the storm. The remaining people whose homes are inhabitable have been able to stay with family and friends. Unfortunately, there was one fatality from the storm when an SUV was picked up by the tornado and hit the home of an elderly gentleman. The tornado’s path went through a fairly affluent neighborhood where homes were well built, well insured, and insurance agents were very quick to respond to the disaster. Had the tornado veered less than half a mile in another direction, the area hit could have included mobile homes, and older homes that could not have withstood the storm. The damage would have been much more severe, and the number of people affected would have been much higher.
None of the homes in the area have power. Electric tools and household appliances are being run with generators which, unfortunately, is not something to which everyone has access. However, neighbors are sharing what they have, and people whose homes were not damaged are pitching in and helping out where needed. Power is expected to be returned within the next day or two. Additionally, response has been so great that First Church of God is expected to close down its food service due to the dwindling need.
If you would like to make a donation to the Disaster Response Team’s work in Ohio, please consider donating gift cards and Bibles. Donations can be sent to: NALC Disaster Warehouse, 810 Main St., Caldwell, Ohio 43724. At the NALC Convocation, Mary Bates will have a small trailer for donated material goods while the WNALC will be hosting a “Stuff the Tonka” truck for gift cards.
In addition to the work being done in Ohio, NALC Disaster Response is continuing to identify and assess needs in the Great Plains Mission Region due to recent flooding. Thank you to the congregations for sharing the love of Jesus on the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers.
Update, May 29, 2019:
Our thoughts and prayers are with thousands of families impacted by this severe weather: over 500 reported tornadoes for 12 straight days, spread from Colorado to New Jersey, 8 fatalities; flooding from South Dakota to Louisiana, setting historic records, and severe thunderstorms later this week as the jetstream causes conflicting storm systems across the US.
In the uncertainty of the days and weeks ahead, may the families who have lost everything find comfort and solace in the love of God, who holds each of us close in times of sorrow and despair. I have been in contact with most of our pastors and congregations. While none of our churches have been damaged, preliminary reports are that some members of our congregations have suffered damage to their homes. Due to the widespread destruction, I am asking our pastors and congregational members to help with assessment and identification of needs. Updates will be forthcoming.
Your help is needed: prayer, monetary donations, volunteer, your material goods! Send your donations to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr., Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112
May we lift up in prayer the families, the first responders, our congregations and those who share the love of Jesus as thousands begin to rebuild their loves and their homes.
For more information, please contact Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response, at email@example.com or 740-509-1132.
Update, May 28, 2019:
NALC Disaster Response is responding to the recent onset of storms from Texas to Ohio. Memorial Day, three tornadoes touched down in Ohio, causing significant damage throughout western Ohio. Flooding is occurring on the Mississippi River, due to the March Nebraska storms and current rainfall, impacting Fayetteville and surrounding areas. Oklahoma and adjacent areas have been flooded and impacted by tornadoes, causing damages to thousands of homes.
Thankfully, NALC congregations have minimal impact so they and NALC Disaster Response are reaching out to the larger community and serving; sharing the love of Jesus. NALC Disaster Response is providing emergency relief supplies due to “Stuff the Truck” events at the Ohio Mission Region Convocation, the Carolinas Convocation, and the Great Rivers Leader Retreat. There is a need for additional Stuff the Truck events, so prepare for the national NALC Convocation by collecting gift cards to “Stuff the Tonka” toy truck or contact Mary Bates to schedule a Stuff the Truck.
To volunteer for clean up efforts in your local community, contact your county emergency management agency or Mary Bates, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are being scheduled for long term recovery in North Carolina for Hurricane Florence at this time. Donation management needs are: Bibles (St. Elias Lutheran Church in Chicago needs Bibles written in Arabic), health kits and layettes are needed, and by late July/August school kits and quilts are needed. Thank you for your prayers and support!
Update, April 15, 2019:
On Sunday April 14, tornadoes struck the southern United States, killing eight including two children in a car destroyed by a tree. Pastor Mark Braaten and a volunteer team from his church have deployed to help with clean up in Texas. Families in Vicksburg, MS, and also Louisiana, have damages. The Midwest had a tornado in north central Ohio, Mansfield area. Damages are being assessed at this time. As storms continue across the United States, I am thankful for our NALC congregations and their hard work, reaching out to families in need. Your help is needed: prayers, donations of emergency response supplies, volunteer teams and monetary support. Keep your prayers and donations coming!
For more information, contact Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response coordinator, 810 Main St., Caldwell, Ohio 43724 or 740-509-1132 or email@example.com.
Update, April 17, 2019:
Rosebud Indian Reservation is asking for help to rebuild homes that the homeowners are unable to complete themselves. See the below list—if you can volunteer or send gift cards, please contact Mary Bates at 740-509-1132.
MARCH 13, 2019
********** HOMES DAMAGED **********
Damages are to the ceiling in the living room and the entryway to the bathroom.
Mold appears to be on the lower portion of living room wall nearer to the floor. This may be an issue that was possibly occurring before the storm.
Trailer with ceiling damage.
East of Mission-Hidden Timber Road
Damage to ceiling in the living room and bathroom.
Bette Ann M
Roof damage to soffit area on the East side. The covering for the deck pulled away from the house due to snow and ice load and high winds.
Damage to ceiling of 2 bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom.
2 connected Sioux 400s
Damage to ceiling in multiple areas of home. Also damage to exterior siding.
Trailer with damage to living room, bathroom and sink area.
Sidney B, Eastern Antelope Community-Hidden Timber Road-Blue & White Double-wide),
Trailer ceiling damage
Delbert & Marie B
Black Pipe Community
C-Store turn, 2 buildings South of Head Start, House #209.
Transitional house with ceiling damage to kitchen and living room.
Two Strike Community
Trailer with ceiling damage to most of the home.
Grass Mountain Community
Damage to ceiling of 2 bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom.
Grass Mountain Community
Home has damage to be assessed after water recedes.
Grass Mountain Community
Trailer with damage to ceiling.
St. Francis Community
Storm Damaged Trailer House
Update, April 4, 2019:
We are restocking the warehouse, however, I just learned that the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Indian Reservations on the border of Nebraska and South Dakota are completely flooded by the Platte River and no one has been helping. Pastor Jeff Cottingham of Trinity, Gothenburg, NE asked if there was any help available — if you would like to help send emergency relief supplies, gift cards and monetary donations are welcome. Send your donations to NALC Disaster Warehouse, 810 Main St., Caldwell, Ohio 43724 or call Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response coordinator at 740-509-1132!
Update, April 1, 2019:
Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response coordinator, reports the Nebraska flooding is historic, worse than the 1952 floods. Over 60,000 homes flooded in 29 communities. A U-Haul full of supplies has been loaded and is on its way to Pastor Bob Carlson at Faith Lutheran Church, Dannebrog, NE.
Update, March 21, 2019:
Faith Lutheran Church, Dannebrog, NE is flooded. The pastor and most of the members’ homes are flooded. NALC Disaster Response is delivering emergency relief supplies; flood buckets, health kits, school supplies, Bibles and quilts. Our congregations are responding with donations of material goods, volunteer teams and lots of prayer. To support our families and the 29 flooded communities in Nebraska and the Great Plains Mission District, please send your donations to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr. Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112. Contact Mary Bates for more information as to how you can help at 740-509-1132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update, March 20, 2019:
Rev. Jeff Cottingham, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Gothenburg, NE, reports,
Rockport, MO, Dannebrog, NE, Westboro, MO and possibly Johnson, NE are affected. . . . Through local efforts here spearheaded by people in town, the first of three truckloads of materials were delivered into the Wood River region on Monday. The need is so widespread that it is hard to know where to even begin.
This photo is staggering – taken of Interstate 29 running down the Missouri River (fully a mile away from the road itself) south of Omaha, Nebraska.
NALC Disaster Response stands ready to provide support for any of your congregations, families and communities who have flooded. If your church or any families have damages, please contact Mary Bates as soon as possible at 740-509-1132.
If you would like to reach out to the larger community, let Mary know and we can transport flood buckets and other emergency relief supplies to your church for distribution.
Our prayers are with you!
Update, March 19, 2019:
Over 60,000 families have been impacted by recent flooding and storms across the Midwest. NALC Disaster Response is providing support to our local congregations in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana due to recent storms. To donate, please send a check or money order to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr., Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112. To donate flood buckets and other emergency relief supplies, contact Mary Bates at email@example.com or at 740-509-1132. Please keep our congregations and the thousands of families in your prayers.
Update, January 29, 2019:
Schedule to Volunteer Today!
Your help is needed in Texas for Hurricane Harvey long-term recovery and also in North Carolina for Hurricane Florence long-term recovery. Together we can make a difference in a family’s life. Please don’t hesitate to share the love of Jesus and your time, talents and treasures.
There is a massive amount of home rebuilding that needs done in the Houston area of Texas — volunteers are housed at Peace Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rosenberg, TX!
For Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, NALC Disaster Response has established volunteer housing at Reformation Lutheran Church, New Bern, NC and also St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Wilmington, NC.
Volunteers bring new hope to the many families who still don’t have homes. We rebuild lives after disasters one home at a time. For more information, contact Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response coordinator at 740-509-1132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update, December 26, 2018:
Hurricane Florence made landfall on September 16, devastating thousands in North Carolina.
Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Coordinator, assessed the need for donation centers and volunteer team housing, supporting local congregations in the impacted area to serve the larger community.
Truckloads of water, flood buckets with cleaning supplies, rakes, shovels, garden hoses, more than 1,000 hygiene kits, 500 layettes/baby items, 2,000 quilts and Bibles, school supplies and pet food have been delivered to families in need from New Bern, NC to Wilmington, NC and sites in between by NALC Disaster Response.
NALC Congregations are being asked to respond to the following needs:
- Volunteer teams for rebuilding homes are needed in New Bern, NC, Wilmington, NC and Rosenberg, TX (Hurricane Harvey long-term recovery), where on-going recovery is in process. Spiritual Christian care teams are needed with each team completing rebuilds, including clergy and laity, to minister to families as they return to their damaged homes; to pray with them and remind them that the Body of Christ is there for and with them in this difficult time. Volunteer teams will be needed throughout the next year and devastated families will need help for a number of years. Mary Bates is addressing the needs for the California wildfires and will post volunteer team needs on the NALC website as it develops.
- Donations of gift cards for building supplies for the volunteer teams to utilize on-site. Flooring is a significant need. Monetary donations may be sent to NALC Disaster Response.
- Flood Bucket & Kit Challenge: Thank you to each mission district now hosting a disaster warehouse. The warehouses in Caldwell, OH, Statesville, NC, Kings Mountain, NC and Rosenberg, TX need filled—they are empty going into 2019. Will your youth or women’s groups host a collection of flood buckets, health kits, school kits, quilts or layettes? Most importantly Bibles? Items needed in each kit are posted on the NALC website under “Disaster Response.”
To Assist with long term recovery efforts:
- Monetary donations may be given online or sent to NALC Disaster Response; 2299 Palmer Drive, Suite 220; New Brighton, MN 55112-2202.
Donate material goods to the NALC Disaster Warehouse, 810 Main St., Caldwell, Ohio, 43724 or call Mary at 740-509-1132; gift cards from building supply stores are welcomed!
Schedule your mission trip to a disaster impacted area in 2018—contact Mary by email at email@example.com or 740-509-1132.
Continue your prayers for those struggling to recover—God is with us always!
So that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
—2 Corinthians 1:4 NIV
Update, November 27, 2018:
Mary Bates, NALC disaster response coordinator, has established donation centers and volunteer housing through our congregations in each of the disaster impacted areas. To donate or volunteer in 2019 for any of these disasters, please contact Mary at 740-509-1132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Wildfires (2018):
Through Our Savior Lutheran Church – Auburn CA, NALC Disaster Response is supporting response to the “Camp Fire.” California has had over 70 wildfires in 2018 and our congregations have been there to respond and provide support during the rebuilding process for families without homeowners insurance.
Hurricanes Florence and Michael (2018):
Reformation Lutheran Church – New Bern NC and St. Matthew Lutheran Church – Wilmington NC are hosting volunteers for long-term recovery rebuilding. Adult and youth teams are needed. Donations of building supplies and furniture is needed.
Hurricane Harvey (2017):
Long-term recovery rebuilding is on-going for the thousands of families who were impacted by Harvey in September 2017. Volunteers are really needed. Families are living in flood damaged homes as there are no other options for them.
Local responses are taking place in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Update, November 16, 2018:
NALC congregations in North Carolina have moved into long term recovery for Hurricane Florence families. Volunteers are needed to deliver furniture, to provide rebuilding of homes, and to minister spiritual Christian care. We are also collecting new toys for Christmas for the children who have lost everything.
Through an LCMC congregation, NALC Disaster Response has delivered a truck load of emergency supplies to the Panama City area.
Long term recovery rebuild teams are needed in Texas for Hurricane Harvey recovery — Peace Lutheran Church in Rosenberg, Texas will host volunteers throughout the winter months.
California congregations have not been impacted by the wildfires, however, Our Savior – Auburn CA is reaching out to some of the families at Paradise.
Please pray for the families who have lost loved ones.
Mary Bates is scheduling volunteer teams, collecting donations of furniture and toys and gift cards — to donate, contact Mary at 740-509-1132 or email@example.com. The need will be on-going as we think about 2019!
Update, Oct 15, 2018:
Flood Bucket Challenge Update: Thanks to your efforts, there is a box truck filled with flood buckets and relief supplies ready to go at Mary Bates’ direction. This means, however, that the warehouses are once again empty. With Hurricane Michael’s destruction now added to the mix, the need remains greater than ever and we will need to stock the warehouses again as quickly as possible. Our goal will be to continue to keep the supplies coming throughout the fall until there is no further need and the warehouses are full for next year’s hurricane season.
There remains an immediate need for industrial-size trash bags and N95 disposable respirator masks for the clean-up efforts, so please include them in your collections:
Flood Bucket Challenge
25 Flood Buckets or more*
Bibles (include one Bible for every bucket)
Trash bags (black, industrial size)
N95 Disposal respirator masks (standard size, generic or 3M brand)
25 Health Kits
Diapers (any and all sizes)
*Caldwell Ohio has a large number of empty buckets at the warehouse, so contact Mary before you buy new ones.
Please limit your material donations to the items listed above. No bottled water is necessary at this time.
A description of the kits is available at:
Have your congregations collect these items as soon as possible and deliver them to the National Disaster Warehouse in Caldwell, Ohio—contact Mary Bates for pick up options.
Gift Cards (Lowes or Home Depot, only) are also welcome. They should be designated “NALC Disaster Response” and mailed directly to Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response Coordinator, at:
Mary Bates: NALC Disaster Response
810 Main St.
Caldwell, OH 43724
Monetary donations may be made directly online at:
Checks may also be made payable to “North American Lutheran Church” for “Disaster Response Fund,” and mailed to:
North American Lutheran Church
2299 Palmer Drive, Suite 220
New Brighton, MN 55112-2202
Need for Drivers: NALC Disaster Response is compiling two lists of those who are willing and able to drive trucks for current and future disaster response efforts in the Carolinas, Virginia, Florida and Georgia:
- Drivers for 26-foot box trucks
- Owners of trucks that can pull gooseneck trailers loaded to a capacity of 10,000-12,000 lbs
Two-person driving teams are preferred. If you or your parishioners are interested, please contact Mary.
Volunteer Work Crews and Spiritual Care Teams
Mary Bates continues to coordinate Volunteer Work Crews to our sites in the Carolinas, and she will be doing the same for areas affected by Hurricane Michael. Once again, especially now with respect to Michael’s aftermath, we need to be mindful that we do not send too many people too soon, so as to create a burden for local personnel. There is much work to be done over a long period of time: cleaning now, rebuilding later. With all this in mind, Mary will gladly work with you to schedule crews from your congregations.
We will also need Spiritual Care Teams, including both clergy and laity, to minister to families as they return to their damaged homes: to pray with them and remind them that the Body of Christ is there for and with them in this difficult time.
Please prayerfully consider how your congregations might help with this overall effort, and coordinate with Mary Bates at (740) 509-1132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please continue to pray for all those who have suffered the loss of loved ones, homes and property in the wake of these storms, and for those who continue to come to their aid.
Update, Oct 13, 2018:
As search and rescue teams continue, help is needed with debris removal, especially chainsaw teams. NALC Disaster Response is resilient and we are reaching out with the love of Jesus to the thousands of families impacted by Hurricane Michael. Until volunteers are allowed to be on-site to help, send your monetary donations to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr, Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Update, Oct 12, 2018:
NALC Disaster Response is assessing the damages caused by Hurricane Michael and stands ready to assist and support any of our congregations who have been impacted.
If your congregation or any of your members have damages, please contact Mary Bates as soon as possible and we will provide assistance.
If you have resources or can help in any way, also please let Mary know.
Monetary donations should be sent to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr., Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Continue to watch for updates. An update on our Hurricane Florence transition into long-term recovery will follow; volunteer teams are needed as we start the rebuilding process.
Please pray for the families and their recovery from this devastating storm.
Mary Bates, Director NALC Disaster Response, 740-509-1132, email@example.com
Update, Oct 9, 2018:
Thanks be to God — He is good! Reformation Lutheran Church – New Bern NC is housing volunteers and has the donations center running smoothly. Thank you Pastor Alan Daughtery.
St. Matthew – Wilmington NC is also housing volunteers and has the donations center up and running. Thank you Pastor Sam Zumwalt and Nancy Magruder.
Over 70,000 people have registered for FEMA assistance, over 40 people have lost their lives due to Hurricane Florence, and now Conway, SC is flooding — evacuations initiated yesterday. Please continue your efforts to collect emergency relief supplies such as flood buckets and Bibles. Volunteers may contact me to schedule time at either location to assist people like Heidi: She is an elderly widow with two trees in her house. She has insurance and is very anxious, even fearful, that she will not understand her insurance agent when the company sends someone. She needs help and is afraid of strangers just showing up. NALC Disaster Response is providing spiritual care and helping her every day by checking on her and scheduling a volunteer to be present when the insurance company arrives. Thank you for your prayers for our families like Heidi.
For more information on how to help the Carolinas Mission District, please contact Mary Bates firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-509-1132.
Convocation gift cards are being used for Hurricane Florence — Reformation in New Bern, NC has 40 Congolese families especially who need assistance.
Kids under the age of ten are preparing disaster relief kits. More kits are needed — especially school kits. Visit thenalc.org/nalc-disaster-response for a list of kit contents.
Update, Sept 24, 2018:
Thanks be to God—he is good! Reformation Lutheran Church, New Bern, NC is housing volunteers and has the donations center running smoothly. Thank you Pastor Alan Daughtery.
St. Matthew, Wilmington, NC is also housing volunteers and has the donations center up and running. Thank you Pastor Sam Zumwalt and Nancy Magruder.
Over 70,000 people have registered for FEMA assistance, over 40 people have lost their lives due to Hurricane Florence, and now Conway, SC is flooding—evacuations initiated yesterday. Please continue your efforts to collect emergency relief supplies, such as flood buckets and Bibles.
Volunteers may contact me to schedule time at either location to assist people like Heidi: She is an elderly widow with two trees in her house. She has insurance and is very anxious, even fearful, that she will not understand her insurance agent when the company sends someone. She needs help and is afraid of strangers just showing up. NALC Disaster Response is providing spiritual care and helping her every day by checking on her and scheduling a volunteer to be present when the insurance company arrives. Thank you for your prayers for our families like Heidi.
For more information on how to help the Carolinas Mission District, please contact Mary Bates at email@example.com or 740-509-1132.
Update, Sept 21, 2018:
Dear NALC congregations,
Your help is needed! It is BAD — I am in New Bern, NC at Reformation Lutheran Church and it’s been seven days since Hurricane Florence made landfall. Homes are flooded, water is standing every where; in homes, on the streets, in churches. Rivers are rising (not receding), causing so much more flooding.
I have never seen this much water SEVEN DAYS after…
The Carolinas Mission District needs you!
1. Send monetary donations to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr., Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112
2. “Stuff the Semi” in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa or deliver flood buckets, health kits, school kits, layettes, Bibles, gift cards and other emergency relief supplies
3. Volunteers are needed: debris removal teams, flood bucket/spiritual care distribution teams in New Bern, Wilmington and possibly Conway, SC
4. Schedule your youth and adult groups for long-term recovery rebuilding now — our congregational members need help repairing their homes.
I ministered to a young mother last evening, as I was pumping gas in my NALC Disaster Volunteer t-shirt. She came to me crying and asked for $5 to buy milk for her baby. The volunteer with me, Ken Watson, gave her $20 and she profusely thanked him, only to find that the store did not have any milk on the shelves and she started crying again. I started praying with her and Ken started asking for milk: a few minutes later we found that Walmart just received a truckload — thanks be to God!
Every road is closed due to water, every family needs prayer and the love of Jesus — will you help?
Update, Sept 17, 2018:
NALC Disaster Response Coordination:
1. Staging areas are: St. John – Statesville NC, Advent – Kings Mountain NC, and Joy Lutheran – Little Mountain SC (Rev. Paulette McHugh)
2. Client distribution/donation centers at this time are: Reformation – New Bern NC, St. Matthew – Wilmington NC, and possibly Advent – North Myrtle Beach SC
3. Volunteer housing is tentatively being scheduled for Reformation – New Bern NC and other sites to be determined.
4. Spiritual Christian care teams are needed — as families return to their homes devastated by the hurricane, they need to know they are not alone on this journey — we as the Church are there for them.
5. NALC Disaster Response is assessing need and evaluating case management/identification of families to be assisted in the long term recovery.
6. Volunteer teams from the eastern US is on standby/ready for deployment to help with clean up now and rebuilding later.
7. Monetary assistance, gift cards and other resources are available through NALC Disaster Response and the Bishop.
8. Link to flood inundation map: https://fiman.nc.gov/fiman/
Next teleconference — see contact information below — for more information, contact Mary Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-509-1132
Wednesday, Sept 19 9am EDT
Call: +1 (571) 317-3117
Access Code: 866-880-525
Update, Sept 14, 2018:
NALC Disaster Response has now shipped two truck loads of flood buckets, health kits, bottled water and other emergency supplies to North Carolina; staging your donations at St. John, Statesville, NC and Faith Lutheran in Faith, NC.
As the water recedes, the truck will go to Reformation Lutheran Church, New Bern, NC and St. Matthew, Wilmington, NC — volunteers are needed to help unload.
I am also needing volunteers for spiritual Christian care and to start debris removal — to sign up, contact Mary Bates at email@example.com or 740-509-1132.
More flood buckets and kits of all types are needed — please collect asap.
Volunteers are needed — sign up today.
Prayers are needed for our survivors, our pastors and our volunteers!
There is a 9am teleconference Saturday to coordinate our resources and our needs — join us if you can!
Access Code: 596-815-661
Update, Sept 13, 2018:
NALC Disaster Response has been helping in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico for over a year now, and hundreds of our volunteers have restored homes and hope. There continues to be many homes that need rebuilt, especially in Houston/Rosenberg area. Situations like this are expected to be common throughout the Carolinas in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
Florence is being called a record-breaker, with widespread destruction anticipated. Please join us in praying for the safety of the hundreds of thousands in the path of this impending disaster.
Much like Hurricane Harvey that struck the Houston area last year, Florence is expected to linger in the area for days, bringing record rainfall totals and producing historic floods that are likely to destroy and damage homes for hundreds of square miles.
We are preparing for the worst: volunteers are needed for emergency response and then long term recovery rebuilding. If you can volunteer, contact Mary Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-509-1132.
To donate flood buckets, health kits, school kits, Bibles and other supplies, please check the NALC collection points listed above.
Please send monetary donations to: NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr. Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Update, Sept 12, 2018:
NALC Disaster Response is hosting two open teleconferences to provide an update on Hurricane Florence response.
Join a teleconference:
Access Code: 563-601-589
Access Code: 596-815-661
Identified staging areas: St. John Lutheran Church, 740 N. Center St. Statesville, NC and NALC Disaster Warehouse, 810 Main St., Caldwell, Ohio
Items needed: Bibles, bottled water, flood buckets, health kits, school kits, layettes/baby kits and other emergency supplies such as garden hoses/rakes and shovels
Monetary donations may be sent to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr. Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Steps after Hurricane Florence makes landfall:
1. NALC Disaster Relief Coordinator, Mary Bates will complete an assessment of damages to our congregations, families and the larger community needs.
2. Distribution points for flood buckets, etc. will be established. Tentative points are: Advent Lutheran Church – North Charleston SC, St. Matthew Lutheran Church – Wilmington NC and Reformation Lutheran Church – New Bern NC (these are tentative due to unknown scope of damages).
3. Volunteer housing is needed for NALC disaster volunteers who are able to help with clean up and debris removal.
4. Volunteers are needed for spiritual christian care – teams of two will help minister to families as the evacuees return to their homes
5. Mary will post updates daily until a Plan of Action for emergency response and long term recovery is developed.
For more information, contact Mary at email@example.com or 740-509-1132.
Please continue to pray for those in the path of Hurricane Florence – as the Church, we are here to assist and share the love of Jesus.
Update, Sept 11, 2018:
NALC Disaster Response has a teleconference with the Carolinas Mission District and is staging emergency response for Hurricane Florence, one of the strongest hurricanes recorded. Sustained winds of over 140 miles per hour have caused South Carolina to issue mandatory evacuation orders for millions of people. As store shelves are emptied, NALC Disaster Response will be transporting Bibles, flood buckets, health kits, school kits, baby kits, and other emergency relief supplies to North Carolina, South Carolina and other areas as the need is identified. Mary Bates is posting an update daily. For more information, contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-509-1132. Please pray for the millions of families in the path of Florence.