If you have specific questions about donations, work teams, etc.
please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and
email@example.com so that volunteers and staff may be in touch with you in
the near future.
If anyone feels close to a breaking point because of the tornado, or for any other reason,
call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line: 1.800.715. 4225. Help is available 24/7.
TORNADO RELIEF UPDATE as of March 27, 2017
from our Executive Presbyter Deb Bibler
As many of you are aware, nearly half of the communities in our presbytery have been affected by the January 2017 tornadoes. Our concern is particularly focused on the Albany area, which has suffered 2 tornadoes in January alone. Our Adel community was deeply affected as well. In addition, our presbytery office was damaged, but we are very lucky in comparison to our neighbors.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has been incredibly supportive, providing regular visits, care and resources. We are so blessed as members of the PC (USA) to have this wide-reaching, quick-acting team to support us. When we give to “One Great Hour of Sharing”, our funds help make PDA a reality for those in crisis. They are currently planning a third trip to evaluate congregations who are willing to host work teams.
Know how grateful Adel and Albany are for the outpouring of practical supplies. Based on our contacts on the ground at both locations, storage is at capacity. The most practical supplies to send at this point are the following
- Checks written out to Flint River Presbytery with “Tornado Relief” clearly marked in the memo line. (These gifts will be used to help provide systemic, long-term solutions and resources to the affected areas throughout our presbytery.)
- Bring a work team to help with recovery efforts. Contact the e-mail addresses listed above.
- If you live within the bounds of Flint River Presbytery, consider becoming a part of one of these groups:
Our “Tornado Team” which generally meets once or twice a month on Thursdays at 10 am at the FRP office. This group is currently looking at immediate needs and beginning to strategize for long-term recovery.
Our “Long Term Recovery Team” which will intentionally explore the possibility of housing a medical/dental clinic in our current presbytery office.
And please share your interest with our Executive Presbyter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that you can always go to www.pda.pcusa.org/page/pray/ to find liturgical resources for use in worship after a natural disaster.
Bound together in our love of Jesus Christ and our love for our community,
may we be shining witnesses to God’s love in every contact we offer!