It has been and continues to be a very anxious time for those located along the path of Hurricane Dorian. As Sunday approaches, congregations may be asking, “What can the rest of us do?” At the time of this writing, we do not have final details about damage and trauma to our UCC congregations on the coast – First Congregational UCC, Savannah and Circular Congregational UCC, Charleston, SC.
Rev. Jeremy Rutledge, Senior Pastor of Circular church, writes on Friday, “we are learning that many of us weathered the storm fairly well. Initial reports suggest that most in the Circular community are all right, the church building and grounds did not sustain any significant damage, and the greater Charleston area is breathing another sigh of relief. Yet after four hurricanes in four years, I know that climate change weighs heavily on our minds. Regular seasons of strong storms are the new normal.”
As we receive information, we will post it on our Southeast Conference Facebook page. Meanwhile, devastation in the Bahamas is overwhelming. Please consider the following: keep all those affected by the hurricane in prayer and consider financial support which can be done through the UCC Disaster Ministries located on the UCC website. When we know what assistance will be needed by our churches, we will let you know.
Quite often, our best immediate support is financial so that churches are able to provide support to families and neighbors. Donations can be made online through our Conference website (www.secucc.org). Please put “Disaster Response” in the description. Checks can be mailed to the SEC Conference: PO Box 1950, Decatur, Georgia 30031-1950.
Our prayers continue for all affected.
Rev. Char Burch
Transitional Conference Minister