Give. Act. Pray.

Dear Friends,

As most of us are aware, Hurricane Irma – a record-setting storm – has caused tremendous damage. Starting on Sunday, September 17, 2017, and for the next four weeks, we will be collecting donations to support PDA’s Disaster Recovery fund. Please READ BELOW and either donate online at the link in the “GIVE:” section below or envelopes will be available in the pews entitled ‘Mission Envelope’, Faith Hope, and Love in Action or you can use the White general envelope but CHECK OFF THE MISSIONS or SPECIAL OFFERING SECTION and specify that it is for PDA. One of our members has already generously offered a $1,000 matching gift! Let’s see how much we can raise for these people in need!

Members of PDA’s National Response Team arrived in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to provide aid, assess damage, and offer spiritual and emotional care for those impacted by the winds and flooding. While PDA has already been in contact with presbyteries throughout Florida and Puerto Rico, the Church remains mindful of the areas where contact has, so far, been difficult to make. Once the information arrives from the Florida Keys, as well as the Caribbean islands nearly wiped from the map, the destruction of this storm will begin to be fully known.

There are years of recovery ahead. Will you help extend the hands of Christ by standing in the GAP? —

ACT: Put together Gift of the Heart kits for survivors in the affected areas — hygiene kits and cleanup buckets are especially needed. For more information, go to pda.pcusa.org/page/kits/. Contact the PDA Call Center to be notified of volunteer opportunities. Call 866-732-6121 or email pda.callcenter@pcusa.org. Learn how your congregation can help families that have lost everything. Stay informed and like us on Facebook or visit pda.pcusa.org. Share updates with your congregation.PRAY: God of help and hope, in the challenging days, months and years to come, work through us to bring relief and respite from urgent need,comfort and the hope of peace for those who grieve the loss of family, home and safety, and faith to walk on through weary days of rebuilding. May we be steadfast in love, stronger than death,and thus, with those whose lives we seek to sustain, together bear witness to your redeeming love. Amen.

GIVE:
PDA’s emergency response and specialization in long-term recovery is fueled by your generous gifts. Designate gifts to: Atlantic Regional Hurricanes DR000194. You can also give with a credit card by visiting presbyterianmission.org/GIVEIrma or by calling 800-872-3283.PDA is still in need of support for mucking out and rebuilding efforts in the Gulf region after Harvey. Thank you to those of you who have already directed gifts to (DR000169-Harvey).
ACT:
Put together Gift of the Heart kits for survivors in the affected areas — hygiene kits and cleanup buckets are especially needed. For more information, go to pda.pcusa.org/page/kits/.
Contact the PDA Call Center to be notified of volunteer opportunities. Call 866-732-6121 or
email pda.callcenter@pcusa.org.
Learn how your congregation can help families that have lost everything. Stay informed and like us on Facebook or visit pda.pcusa.org. Share updates with your congregation.
PRAY:
God of help and hope, in the challenging days, months and years to come, work through us to bring relief and respite from urgent need,comfort and the hope of peace for those who grieve the loss of family, home and safety, and faith to walk on through weary days of rebuilding. May we be steadfast in love, stronger than death,and thus, with those whose lives we seek to sustain, together bear witness to your redeeming love.
Amen.
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