The Episcopal Church
- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's message on Hurricane Harvey (video/text)
- Presiding Bishop: A Collect for Aid against Perils (video/text)
- All Episcopal News Service articles on Harvey
Episcopal Relief and Development
- All updates from ERD are found here: episcopalrelief.org/harvey
- ERD's HOW can I HELP list:
- 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: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response
- 2. 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.
- 3. Sign-up on the Ready to Serve page to register as a possible volunteer in the future. These are the lists Episcopal Relief & Development staff share with dioceses when they are ready to recruit external volunteers. https://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-you-can-do/volunteer/ready-to-serve
- 4. Read Rob's Blog on best response practices: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/stories/hurricane-harvey-2017-what-can-i-do-to-help
- 5. Pray! for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and get the latest program updates on Facebook and Twitter @EpiscopalRelief and episcopalrelief.org
- 6. Share the bulletin insert: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/worship-resources/bulletin-inserts
Diocese of West Texas
- 9/4 Call to action: As we move into the long-term recovery phase in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, please know that monetary donations are the best method to help. These donated funds allow those we are helping to buy exactly what they need, and in turn, it helps the local economy recover.
- Response to Hurricane Harvey.
- Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church Facebook page for updates, Port Aransas, Diocese of West Texas
- St. Peter's Episcopal Church Facebook page for updates, Rockport, Texas, Diocese of West Texas
Diocese of Texas
- News from affected parishes and volunteer updates, 9/6
- Hurricane Harvey Relief Information
- Harvey updates from the Diocese of Texas, Aug. 29
- Hurricane Harvey and our Mission, from Bishop Andy Doyle, Diocese of Texas, Aug. 28
from Emmanuel Church: 8/31/17-Two former assistant priests who served at Emmanuel now live in the Houston area. Christy and Jim Friedel reported that they evacuated to west Texas and are now back in Rockport. Rockport's infrastructure was destroyed and it will be a long recovery. Their home and St. Peter's Episcopal Church sustained minor damage. They will be living in Victoria, TX with Jim's parents for a bit.
from Emmanuel Church: 9/6/17- Emmanuel's Missions Committee sent a check for convention center items. The Knolls' church, St. Stephen's, has major damage but all are in agreement that for now, Emmanuel is forwarding all donations received to ERD. 8/31/17-Jamie and Sarah Knoll Sweeney in Houston report they are fine. Sarah has communicated with Emmanuel's Missions Committee and we are sending her immediately $1000 to shop for items in desperate need to those living at the Convention Center. Sarah and a colleague have already made a delivery there and found out what is of greatest need.
from Holy Communion: 09/02/17 The parish pledges that "Houston has our prayers and support for the long haul."
On the Occasion of a Disaster
Compassionate God… Draw near to us in this time of sorrow and anguish, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary, encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
— Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (Church Publishing: New York), page 733
A Prayer for First Responders
Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on these your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. — Adapted from the Book of Blessings, #587, by Diana Macalintal