Episcopal Relief & Development’s Response to Hurricane Dorian

RESPONDING TO HURRICANE DORIAN

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to support dioceses in the path [and aftermath] of Hurricane Dorian…

“Disasters have three phases: rescue, relief and recovery,” said Katie Mears, Senior Director for Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program. “…We are still in the very early stages of this crisis. Impacted dioceses are prepared to respond and begin assessing damage as soon as it is safe to do so.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO to Help ?

PRAY: Please pray for all those affected by disasters, especially those most recently in the path of the Hurricane Dorian. So many are experiencing personal loss, hardship, barriers and inconvenience in ways that can seem unimaginable to the average person.

Though efforts are being made for continued operations to rescue and restore areas affected, some are just in the beginning stages of a very long process. Church communities often serve as a place people turn to for comfort and assistance at a local level.

GIVE: One of the best things we can do is to GIVE! One of Christ’s core commandments to His followers is to love thy neighbor as thyself. It’s important that we reach out to care for the most vulnerable members and neighbors of these communities. Please consider making a financial donation. Using the following link – submit all contributions directly to Hurricane Relief Fund.

In addition to the online donations link, St. Thomas will make available leaflets/church bulletin inserts on the back table of the Narthex (just inside the church sanctuary’s double red doors) with instructions on how to make a donation in support Episcopal Relief & Development and its response to Hurricane Dorian.

Your donations will help provide support to the Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance to those in greatest need.

It is with heartfelt gratitude that we Thank You for any and all contributions to Episcopal Relief & Development. 🙂

EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT News & Updates

For news & updates from Episcopal Relief & Development regarding its ongoing response to Hurricane Dorian, please refer to Episcopal Relief & Development.

ABOUT EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.

Photo courtesy of NOAA Satellites; Image courtesy of Episcopal Relief & Development.

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Hurricanes Irma & Harvey Relief Information

HURRICANE HARVEY


Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas to provide emergency support in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the largest rainstorm in the history of the United States. Emergency support includes pastoral care, gift cards and funding for temporary housing. Teams of trained spiritual care volunteers will be dispersed through the diocese providing care.

With many clergy, staff and congregations sheltering in place over the past few days, Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program has conducted regular calls to share information and to provide updates for affected dioceses in Texas and Louisiana. AlertMedia, a pilot program used by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development, has enabled staff and congregational leaders to share assessment information with diocesan leadership.

Several churches have begun to leverage their existing ministries and community relationships to provide shelter, particularly those who are elderly or medically fragile. They are offering food and emergency supplies and pastoral care for people displaced from their homes.

Please continue to pray for communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, and donate to the following:
Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to help Episcopal Relief & Development assist local partners in responding to critical needs.

HURRICANE IRMA

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma unleashed its full force on the Caribbean before pummeling the Florida Keys. It cut a swath from Florida bringing torrential rain to parts of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina leaving thousands without power, stranded and homeless as well as impacting local industries and agriculture that support the economic viability of these states.

Several Ways to Help Support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development and Post-Disaster Response.

1. Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to support impacted dioceses as they meet the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors after this event.

2. Donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund. Your gift provides our partners on the ground with critical supplies, such as food and water for communities devastated by Hurricane Irma and other storms. You’ll also help us empower communities to not only prepare for emergencies, but assist with the long-term efforts needed to rebuild and heal.

3. Please don’t send food, clothing or other items! Donations such as these can actually become more of a burden on the local diocesan leaders than a benefit. The most efficient option is supporting the local economy to respond.

4. Sign-up on the Ready to Serve page to register as a possible volunteer in the future./strong> These are the lists Episcopal Relief & Development staff share with dioceses when they are ready to recruit external volunteers.

5. Read Rob’s Blog on best response practices.

6. Pray! for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and get the latest program updates on Facebook and Twitter (use the ID @EpiscopalRelief and episcopalrelief.org)

7. Share the Sunday bulletin inserts (English and Español)

VIDEO: Presiding Bishop Curry: “Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help”
VIDEO PRAYER: Presiding Bishop Curry:

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Reprinted (and amended) with permission from The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real

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Northern California Flood Victims Relief

THE BEST WAY TO HELP…

…Is by making a financial contribution to the Salvation Army, who have helped over 300 victims thus far in many parts of California including San Jose, Salinas, Bishop, Turlock, Modesto, and Hollister.

DONATION OPTIONS
  • Online: At the following website http://salar.my/EmkdTz 
  • Mail: Designate “Disaster Relief – Northern California Floods” on your check/money order and mail to:
    The Salvation Army Golden State Division
    832 Folsom Street
    San Francisco, CA 94107
  • Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY- Designate gift “Disaster Relief Northern California Floods”
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Parish Work Day~Fun Day – Oct. 8th

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK

Please put Saturday, October 8th on your calendars. After a period of hiatus, we will be gathering together for a traditional parish work day – “Work Day-Fun Day” to build a working fellowship with one another.

NOURISHMENT IS PART OF IT TOO

That’s October 8, 9 AM to 2 PM, with lunch!

LET’S PREPARE FOR THE ADVENT SEASON

It’s the equivalent of spring cleaning — we’ll call it season cleaning…that time when we spruce up our worship space and grounds in preparation for Advent and the holidays to follow.

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Pastoral Care

WE CARE!

In the event of an emergency or for urgent and important matters, please keep our pastoral care team in the communications loop! WE CARE about the needs of our community.

SHARE WITH PASTORAL TEAM

During difficult and tenuous times, it’s good to know there is a place we can turn for help. Please share your concerns with us so that we can administer the love and care of Christ.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY?

Step One: DIAL 911
Step Two: Call the Parish Office at (408) 736-4155

If there is no answer, please leave us a message so that someone can follow-up with you.

FOR A NON-EMERGENCY

Please call our office at (408) 736-4155 and speak to our administrator Anne who will direct your request to the appropriate person or reach out to her at Contact Anne.

Parish Administrator Anne is available during office hours Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to respond to your non-emergency inquiries.

Pastoral Care appears in many forms at Saint Thomas and is offered by both lay members and by ordained ministers who will make hospital and home visits, can share healing prayer, administer communion, and arrange for rides upon request.

HEALING SERVICES

Healing services are available during most services while communion is being administered. There is also a Wednesday healing service at 12:10 P.M. in our chapel. Prayers can also be offered during each service at Saint Thomas. Prior to the service, just write your prayer request in the prayer book. An usher or greeter can direct you to this book.

SOCIAL WORKER AVAILABLE

Members of Saint Thomas, diners and volunteers of Our Daily Bread also have access to our Social Worker, Cynthia Elliot. She holds her office hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. You may also send her a message at Contact Cynthia.

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