calendar May 20, 2016 in 2016 Assembly, Assembly, Disaster Response, Faith in action

$22K Raised For Flint Water Crisis…So Far

_rfisher@sepa.org-sepia-300x199.jpg" class="alignleft wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://ministrylink.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/lightstock_87191_xsmall_rfisher@sepa.org_rfisher@sepa.org-sepia-300x199.jpg 300w, https://ministrylink.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/lightstock_87191_xsmall_rfisher@sepa.org_rfisher@sepa.org-sepia.jpg 500w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

The offering at the 2016 Synod Assembly Communion Service of more than $5,400 was directed to the work of our domestic partner synod in Southeast Michigan in response to the Flint water crisis. This brings the total raised so far from our Synod to $22,655. Bishop Donald Kreiss called the gift “a true indicator of the ties that bind our hearts together, and a recognition that when one part of the body suffers, we all suffer.” The funds will go toward re-plumbing Salem Lutheran in Flint so that it can be a source of safe drinking water to its neighbors.

Thank you for your faithful support of this crisis. Additional gifts can be made at https://community.ministrylink.org/flint.

Here is a thank-you letter from Bishop Kreiss:

SEMIlogo

Dear Bishop Burkat and members of SEPA Synod,

What a wonderful gift and what a great sign of partnership! The money you collected to help with the Water Crisis in Flint was a true indicator of the ties that bind our hearts together, and a recognition that when one part of the body suffers, we all suffer.

We announced both the gift and its size at our Assembly; first as a means of encouragement for the folks who continue to labor under these conditions, and also as a means stimulating giving here. Recognizing that many of our congregations have been significantly involved since mid-January, I was really pleased that we were able to collect about $4,700. All of these funds, both yours and ours, will be used to help re-plumb Salem, so that it might become a “well” for its neighborhood, and be a source of safe, free drinking water for the neighbors as long as the crisis continues.

With sincere thanks and gratitude for your care and concern, I bid you

Grace and peace,

Don Kreiss