October 11, 2016

Pray and Give to Help Haiti

Update Oct. 11, 2016: As many as 900 people may have been killed when Hurricane Matthew slammed Haiti. The island nation was still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2010. The interim president says the country is at risk of “real famine”, the BBC reports. According to Lutheran World Relief, 350,000 Haitians are in need...

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August 22, 2016

Respond To Gulf Coast Flooding

Historic floodwaters have required tens of thousands of people to be rescued and even more have been evacuated as rain sweeps across southern Louisiana. Floodwaters have affected communication, overwhelmed streets and highways, and damaged or destroyed more than 40,000 homes. This flood comes on the heels of several other floods that have hit the Gulf...

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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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October 6, 2015

Give to Support Flood Relief

The rain may have stopped, but the catastrophic damage from record rainfall in the Carolinas is just being realized. Rivers have yet to crest and unprecedented scenes scatter the state. The flooding has led to the deaths of more than a dozen people, tens of thousands are without power, major highways have been compromised, and...

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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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April 29, 2015

Prayer Vigil for Nepal

On Thursday, April 30th, at 7:00 PM, there will be a prayer vigil for those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.  The prayer vigil will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, at the corner of Comly and Colgate St, and will include our neighbors from Nepal and Bhutan. At the prayer vigil, we will also pray for...

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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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September 3, 2014

Oktoberfest Supports Disaster Response

Join Lutheran Congregational Services on Saturday, September 20, 12pm-6pm for the 6th annual Oktoberfest celebration to benefit its Lutheran Disaster Response program.  Oktoberfest is hosted by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 120 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA. The festive event features delicious German food, craft beers, music, children’s activities and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 for...

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July 21, 2014

Support Disaster Response at Oktoberfest

St. Paul’s. Glenside will again host Oktoberfest to benefit Lutheran Disaster Response in Eastern PA on Saturday, Sept. 20, 12-6 pm. St. Paul’s is located at 120 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038. While we didn’t experience hurricanes the size of sandy in the last year, many in our region will remember the February 2014...

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July 21, 2014

Faithful Readiness Workshop

photo credit: *Amanda Richards via photopin cc Does your house of worship have a solid emergency operations plan? Learn how to begin developing a plan and respond to emergency scenarios and connect with partners ready to help support your church and community prepare for emergencies at the “Faithful Readiness” workshop Monday, Aug. 11, 9 am to 4 pm at FEMA’s regional headquarters...

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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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November 11, 2013

Lutheran World Relief Responds To Super Typhoon

Early Saturday morning (Nov. 9) , Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. Widely reported to be one of the strongest storms in recorded history, Haiyan hit land with maximum sustained wind speeds of nearly 150 miles per hour and gusts of up to 170 miles per hour, according...

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September 17, 2013

ELCA Responds to Colorado Floods

Photo by Flickr user Nurpu Historic floods have consumed parts of Colorado, damaging or destroying over 18,000 homes and businesses. Some areas continue to experience mudslides, damaged roads and downed power lines. Three ELCA church buildings have also been affected. Your help is needed to bring help and hope to our sisters and brothers in need. Lutheran Disaster Response is...

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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 23, 2013

Lutherans Respond to OK Tornadoes

Lutheran Disaster Response is already working to assist residents of Oklahoma who are starting to long road to recovery after violent tornadoes struck in several parts of the state Sunday and Monday. Oklahomans were already digging out from weekend storms when a two-mile wide funnel devastated Moore and surrounding communities Monday. Storms also affected Kansas,...

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