Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Sorry, Today It's Another Katrina-related Post


Today the church office was really busy as more Katrina-related concerns continue to press upon us. A Hispanic church, Bethel Ministries, up the road from us has about 60 evacuees and although some have already moved out to temporary housing in the area, more evacuees are then being referred from the Astrodome, Reliant Center and Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Bethel desperately needs more volunteers to help prepare and serve food for the next couple of weeks. My study group is covering the Friday lunches. Our custodian, business manager and one of the pastors just loaded a donated freezer into a truck and are taking it to them to store the perishable food there.

Over the long weekend a number of medical professionals from the church did screenings of the evacuees and dispensed appropriate medications. Everyone was taken to a nearby clinic for preventive shots such as tetnus, depending on what they had been exposed to.

Our sister church, St Paul's Presbyterian, has about 120 people they are feeding and they need more food--so the food being collected from families at our school is being designated for them.

Over at our church school we are starting to get calls from evacuees in the area looking for places for their children. The local Catholic grade school is now maxed out and so are some of the local elementary schools.

Next week is "Presbyterian week" at the large shelters in Houston. The three "mega" Presbyterian churches in town are covering Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Our church is in the next size group and has been assigned Thursday. Our presbytery office is coordinating this.

Even the High School Youth Rally has been affected. It's been moved from one church to another because the original church is now a shelter. Hard to keep up with all of this.

I would love to blog about something else. Before starting this post I spent some time surfing around and trying to get another inspiration, but nothing came. Right now we are living and breathing all of the logistics of matching willing helpers to the needs that come to the church.

9 comments:

Songbird said...

Thank you for keeping us posted. I'm wondering, is Lakewood Church involved in these efforts?

Quotidian Grace said...

Yes they are. As far as I can tell, they are not a shelter. But they are organizing and training shelter volunteers for the Astrodome, etc. and like every other church are collecting needed in-kind donations. Also, the paper reported that Joel Osteen raised $70,000 in Atlanta over the weekend for Katrina victim assistance.

cheesehead said...

Well, it's good to know that old Joel is not just taking up oxygen, or just convincing the ladies in his church to buy more fancy undies to keep the hubby happy!

Okay, I've taken off my sarcastic pants now and put on my regular ones.

Songbird said...

revmom! You are funny in your sarcastic pants. Did they come from Victoria's Secret?

Sue said...

No need to be apologetic for posting about Katrina. I"m so glad that the churches are involved in caring for the evacuees...one thing Christian communities know how to do is feed people and extend a caring hand.

Blessings to you...

SpookyRach said...

I've been catching up on your posts. No need to apologize - you are doing good work.

the reverend mommy said...

Actually, I had been wondering the same thing about Lakewood. On their website they are trying to raise $5 million. That's nice. (sarcastic).

I'm just skeptical. The whole Lakewood/ Osteen thing rubs me the wrong way.

Songbird said...

Me, too, which is why I asked. But since they're doing something, I'll shut up about it for now.

will spotts said...

"Our presbytery office is coordinating this."

It is very good to see the presbytery office involved. (To my mind coordination of this kind is one of their chief reasons for being . . .)