Disaster Response 2020-01-22T12:51:28-05:00

Disaster Response

Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Matthew 25:34-36 

As children of God and followers of Jesus, we are called to care for our neighbors in their time of need. If you are looking for an opportunity to help respond to a local or national disaster, consider making a donation to the ELCA Lutheran Disaster Relief Fund or the Virginia Synod Disaster Relief Fund

ELCA Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.

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Virginia Synod Disaster Response

The Virginia Synod Disaster Response Fund is a designated fund created to provide support for disaster relief through the Virginia Synod, ELCA.

The Virginia Disaster Response Fund allows the people of the Virginia Synod to respond locally to disasters by making gifts which will provide grants and support to congregations and affiliated organizations undertaking disaster response.  The Virginia Synod Disaster Response Fund is a local supplement to the work of Lutheran Disaster Response.

Click below to go to to the Virginia Synod donation page. 

The Virginia Synod Disaster Response Fund
Virginia Synod Disaster Response Fund definition and management guidelines

God’s Work, Our Hands: Opportunities to Serve

As soon as opportunities for service or needed supplies are identified by the people in need, we will make those needs known to the Synod.  If you are aware of a need, please feel free to contact Pastor John Wertz, Jr.

Providing Help that is Helpful – While the urge to do something for our neighbors can be strong, please remember that above all, we want to provide help that is actually helpful, not help that is harmful.  Please do not start collecting items like bottled water or cleaning supplies, until the people affected by the storm identify their needs and there is a contact available to receive the supplies.  In addition, please do not send used clothing into a disaster area unless those items are requested by a national organization like Lutheran Disaster Response. Until basic services are restored and clean up is completed, used clothing cannot be stored or distributed properly and often end up being thrown away.

East-West Congregation Partnership

Our synod has created an East-West Partnership program – paring congregations on the Eastern and Western sides of our commonwealth for potential support in the event of a disaster requiring evacuation to provide emergency housing and other forms of assistance.
The below listing will give you specific partnerships and contact information. It may be helpful to reach out to your partner congregation when storms have been forecasted in our region to make sure appropriate contact information is available and contingency plans are in place.
East-West Congregational Partnerships