Hurricane Harvey Relief
We will continue to update this page as information becomes available or changes.
Together We Can Help
We will have an ongoing Hurricane Harvey Recovery Page on the church web site.
There are several ways to help right now with relief for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. There are and will be many volunteer opportunities. As you are able, please give of your time to help those in need. Much of the focus has been on Houston, since there are millions who have faced damage, displacement, loss, or more. There are also many in Fayette County who have faced similar struggles due to flooding of the Colorado River and other waterways. Our town has had flooding, but not to the point of massive damage. It looks like the flooding of May 2016 in Carmine was worse for our town than that brought by Hurricane Harvey.
New: Gulf Coast Synod ELCA Grant Process (December 4, 2017)
Click this link to find out more on how your congregation can apply for a grant from our regional church organization.
Our Churches Working Together
Our regional church organization, the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, has set up a site for information about giving and serving opportunities. Here is that page: click link.
You can also give directly to our Gulf Coast Synod disaster fund through the synod giving web site: click this link.
If you wish to give by sending a check, here is the information:
You can give through MLLC. Make check payable to: MLLC, and note “Hurricane – Synod” on the memo line. Bring to the church, or mail to: Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O BOX 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362
or send your gift to the synod office: Note “Harvey” in the memo line, make check payable to: Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, and send it to:
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod
12941 I-45 North Freeway, Suite 210
Houston, TX 77060
Ways to help:
At this time monetary donations are the most helpful. You can always give through MLLC. You can designate one of the three special funds we are supporting:
For the ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response: note “Hurricane – LDR”
ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response is our national denominational organization’s group which helps with relief with various disasters. They work long term to help.
For our Gulf Coast Synod relief fund: Note “Hurricane – Synod”
The Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod is our regional church organization, with it main office in Houston. Our churches are working together to bring relief to people in our part of Texas.
For the La Grange area fund: Note “Hurricane – La Grange”
The local pastors have set up a fund to help people in La Grange and Fayette County.
*We will receive donations through the offerings at every worship service as long as there is need to help. Designate the gift as Hurricane – LDR, Hurricane – Synod, or Hurricane – La Grange, based on where you want the funds to be sent.
*You can give through our web site. Click this link for our special giving web page. On that page you can choose the section for Disaster Relief, for each of the three funds noted above. Gifts can be made through your bank account, debit card or credit card.
Donations to help in La Grange, Texas – click this link. Sponsored by the local ministerial alliance. You can also mail a check to this fund: Good Shepherd Fund Disaster Relief for Fayette County, c/o Prosperity Bank; 202 W. Colorado St.; P.O. Box B; La Grange, TX 78945
Mucking Crews – groups of people who will help clean up junk and ruined parts of homes so householders can fix up their homes and move back in. Our Gulf Coast Synod has partnered with crisiscleanup.org to coordinate volunteers to help muck out homes. Chris Markert, Assistant to the Bishop, will be helping synod church volunteer crews get connected to opportunities to serve. Here is the contact page for Pastor Markert: Click this link.
There are various crews of people being organized at various times around our synod territory. Here is the link to the details of how to get involved and what to bring: Click Link.
When we know of specific needs, we will share these. We want to make sure people get what they need. Sometimes people give things that are not usable, or in such volumes that there is not enough space to store the items, nor a need for so much.
It appears that A.M.E.N./Second Chance in La Grange is receiving donations. When we have more information we will share that here.
ELCA Gulf Coast Synod Message
Our Gulf Coast Synod has shared this message:
The number one question we hear: “How can I help?”
As followers of Jesus, we seek to love our neighbor and serve those in need.
So first, thank you. Here on the Gulf Coast, we have heard and felt your love and support during this disaster.
Second, as people of faith, join us in prayer. For first responders and those who had to evacuate flooded homes, for people worried about family and those who trying to pick up the pieces.
Third, financial gifts are more helpful than gifts of goods right now. Financial resources are portable and used for many different purposes. Consider donating to the Gulf Coast Synod Disaster Fund (to help congregations and their people get back on their feet and serve their neighborhoods http://gulfcoastsynod.org/Hurricane-Harvey) and to Lutheran Disaster Response (for case management).
Finally, wait and listen. The disaster isn’t over. It is still raining. Once the rain stops and the water recedes, then the work begins. Then we will begin to assess what the needs are and begin to clean up.