Hurricane Michael approaches Florida Dioceses

October 10, 2018
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[Image: FEMA shelter locations superimposed over satellite photo from NASA, Oct. 8, as Hurricane Michael approaches Florida.]

 

From Episcopal Relief

#HurricaneMichael is quickly gaining strength—and is expected to strike Florida’s Gulf Coast later today. Packing 145-mph winds, the now-Category 4 storm has been called "monstrous,” “life-threatening,” and “extremely dangerous.”

Please join us in prayer as we prepare with our partners for the landfall of #HurricaneMichael. "Be dressed, ready for service and keep your lamps burning." - Luke 12:35

Please help us provide relief and support to communities in need. Donate now:http://bit.ly/Hurricane_Michael

 

From Bishop Russell, Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast

Dear friends,

May the grace and peace of God be with you. As we wait and watch for the landfall of Hurricane Michael, I am reminded of the timeless truth of these words:

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it. I Corinthians 12: 12-13, 20-2

As I write to you this morning, I know that on the eastern side of our diocese where some of our smallest congregations are located, that there is suffering. It is the suffering of the unknown. I also know that our people are a part of the larger body we know as humanity. As they suffer, we do too. Please pray.

Pray for those who are in the path of Hurricane Michael. 
Pray for calm assurance for those who have been evacuated from their homes. 
Pray for a spirit of generosity and patience for all who prepare. 
Pray for the homeless and poor who may not have anywhere to go. 
Pray for wisdom and strength for first responders, public officials, and relief workers who are preparing for the impact that his impending landfall may bring. 
Pray for safety for all. 
Pray for those for whom this storm stirs up memories of the trauma and suffering of past storms. 
Pray for the peace of God that passes to calm the waves of uncertainty, worries and fear.

Pray, keep watch, and be ready as the Body of Christ to respond afterwards. Today, I will be contacting our clergy who live and serve in the areas that are in the area to be most affected. This morning our staff was on a conference call with key leadership from the US Disaster Program with Episcopal Relief and Development. They have already given us some very useful information that will be helpful in the days ahead. Deacon Tricia Spencer, our diocesan disaster preparedness and response coordinator, has reached out to her local contacts.

Our physical diocesan office at the Duvall Center will be closed through Wednesday. However, our staff will be readily available by email. Send messages to communications@diocgc.org. We are set and ready to respond to the needs of our church communities.

Visit www.diocgc.org/emergency-response for available resources and links to helpful organizations.

We will stay in touch with our church leadership who are in areas of our diocese expected to be impacted by the storm. We will let you know of any assistance that may be needed afterwards.

Peace be with us all,
+Russell

Author: Beth Felice

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Need more information? Contact Beth Felice, diocesan director of communications

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