September 8, 2017

Pray and Give for Hurricane Relief

Very powerful Hurricane Irma – one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded – is bearing down on Florida and the Southeast United States after wreaking devastation across the Caribbean. This is just two weeks after Harvey caused catastrophic flooding on the Gulf coast, and while forecasters track two other hurricanes in the region. We...

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August 28, 2017

Oktoberfest Benefits Disaster Response, Refugees

On Saturday, Sept. 16, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glenside will host its 9th annual Oktoberfest to benefit Lutheran Disaster Response in Eastern Pennsylvania and F.A.R.M. (Faith Alliance for Refugees in Montgomery County). The event runs noon to 6 pm. Tickets are $23 for adults before Sept. 5, and $27 after; $10 for children 4...

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January 22, 2016

Winter Storm Preparations for Churches

With a winter storm set to deliver significant snow, sleet and ice to our region again, we urge you to be prepared for the possibilities of heavy snowfall, limited travel and potential power outages. Congregations can play an important role by checking on vulnerable people in the community and opening as a “comfort station” to provide...

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September 28, 2015

LDR Gives $1.9M to Nepal Earthquake Relief

Thanks to your generosity, Lutheran Disaster Response has collected more than $1.9 million to respond directly to the Nepal Area Earthquakes. Together, we were able to provide $527,700 to respond to the immediate needs of the people and communities affected, and we will continue to walk with our brothers and sisters in Nepal to rebuild...

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March 18, 2015

NE Church Helps Evacuated Neighbors

When a four-alarm fire broke out on Academy Road in Northeast Philadelphia Tuesday, evacuated residents were taken in for a time by St. David’s Lutheran Church. Kudos to St. David’s for being ambassadors for Christ in the neighborhood! Does your church have a plan for how to serve your community in case of a disaster...

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February 7, 2014

Stay Safe in an Ice Storm

LDR-EPA has been busy following the Feb. 4-5 ice storm and related power outages. The best way to keep up with the latest opportunities and information related to LDR-EPA is to follow Lutheran Congregational Services on Facebook.  In the meantime, check on neighbors, report dangerous conditions, donate to your local food bank, and let LDR-EPA know how...

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September 7, 2013

How to Prepare Your Family, Church and Community for Disaster

Learn about: The most  important steps to take to keep your family safe in the midst of a disaster Volunteer  opportunities with groups like Red Cross and Team Rubicon Landscaping to keep your property safer How to organize teams for rebuilding The disaster response process and roles of individuals, communities and government Please register by 9/4/13 by contacting Julia Menzo...

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May 2, 2013

Youth Lend Helping Hands

More than 360 youth from SEPA and New Jersey Synods helped clean up beaches and homes affected by Hurricane Sandy on April 27. Get a glimpse of their work in a video published by Liberty Lutheran Services and a photo slideshow, after the jump.

November 2, 2012

Bucks Lutherans Cook Up a Storm for Hurricane Shelter

Despite being without power since Monday night, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Ferndale, Bucks County has been cooking up a storm. Pastor Bill Rex and a crew of volunteers have been cooking hot dinners each evening for upwards of 225 people at an emergency Red Cross shelter established at the nearby Palisades High School. “We’ve been cooking for more than 200 people with two gas stoves, sometimes by flashlight,” Pastor Rex reports. The congregation’s small kitchen has kept operating with a Red Cross supplied generator to power the ovens but light, and space, are limited. “People at the shelter ask me why we do this,” Rex says. “I just tell them that Jesus tells us to.”

February 14, 2009

Churches help Coatesville cope with fear

"We are coping as well as we can." wrote Pastor John Carlson of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Feb. 13. "The four most recent fires were set outside the city limits so it is no longer a 'city issue,' -- it is a community issue. Everyone is encouraged to put their front and back porch lights on at night -- and we're doing it."

January 29, 2009

On the Gulf, much work to be done

A work team from Christ Lutheran Church, Kulpsville, is back at Camp Victor in Ocean Springs, MS, this week, continuing the more than three-year long process of rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina. Check out this article for journal entries from Lois Kadel, which will be updated as we receive them.

July 4, 2006

In Pottstown, hope amid destruction

A forlorn child's train left stranded in the ceiling trusses in the parish hall at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pottstown shows the force of flood waters that inundated the basements of the church, parish house and parsonage.

July 2, 2006

Bishop spends first day touring flooding sites

When she was elected nearly two months ago, Bishop Claire Burkat had no idea that her first day in office would involve lunch in a fire hall, prayer in a half-gutted kitchen and lots of mud. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod's new bishop spent July 1 with Lutheran Disaster Response leaders viewing the damage left by the latest rampage of the Delaware River and meeting victims and volunteers attempting to clean up after the flood waters receded.

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