June 30, 2016
June 30, 2016
"In the day of my trouble I will call you, for you will answer me...Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it
and be put to shame, for you O Lord, have helped me and comforted me."
(Psalm 86:7 & 17)
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
National news has shared with us the horrific devastation of the floods in West Virginia. Tragically, there has been the loss of many lives along with the material losses in this recent flood. Some say that it was the worst flood in a century. Many churches and communities within our Annual Conference experienced similar floods not that long ago. There is no way to adequately describe the emotions and heartaches that come with such losses. I am compelled to come to you with an urgent request. I come with an invitation for the generous spirit of the people of the Susquehanna Conference to respond to this most recent natural disaster of historic proportions.
First and foremost, please pray for the people directly affected by the flood. Pray for Bishop Sandra Steiner-Ball, the West Virginia Conference leadership, and the laity and clergy, as well as the affected families and their communities. Much of the destruction has occurred in places that could least afford such a tragedy. We shall partner with our sisters and brothers not only within our denomination but also with all of the residents of that state. When one of us suffers, we all suffer.
Secondly, there is a need for financial assistance to help the people and the churches and homes rebuild. There is a long journey ahead for them. We know that there are still persons in New Jersey recovering from hurricane Sandy. I call upon the churches and pastors of the Susquehanna Conference to consider collecting an offering this coming Sunday, July 3rd, or the next Sunday, July 10th to help provide the needed resources for recovery. I know that you will be generous. Checks for the offerings received should be made out to the Susquehanna Conference with 2830/West Virginia Flood Relief in the memo line and sent to the Conference Office, 303 Mulberry Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050-3179 (if from a church please include a remittance report with your church information).
You have been faithful and generous partners in Christ's ministry in so many amazing ways. Truly, I am blessed to serve the Lord with such giving and serving people of the Susquehanna Annual Conference.
With You in Christ's Ministry,
Jeremiah J. Park
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