Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence Update: September 20, 2018

There are a number of updates from this morning’s Lutheran Disaster Response conference call.

Some important notes from today’s call include:

We know there is a great desire to do something right away as this disaster continues to unfold. Please DO NOT collect or send clothing. This often becomes an additional disaster waiting to happen as to figure out what to do with clothing that does not fit etc.

Flooding continues with more than 100 roads closed in South Carolina, There are still whole communities that haven’t been reached just across the boarder into North Carolina. The waters will continue to rise into next week throughout the region.

The request from those coordinating the response is to NOT COME at this time with groups. Professionals and responders in the area still have work to do. Your help WILL be needed by planning for spring and summer work trips in the coming year.

Some important notes from today’s call include:

We know there is a great desire to do something right away as this disaster continues to unfold. Please DO NOT collect or send clothing. This often becomes an additional disaster waiting to happen as to figure out what to do with clothing that does not fit etc.

Flooding continues with more than 100 roads closed in South Carolina, There are still whole communities that haven’t been reached just across the boarder into North Carolina. The waters will continue to rise into next week throughout the region.

The request from those coordinating the response is to NOT COME at this time with groups. Professionals and responders in the area still have work to do. Your help WILL be needed by planning for spring and summer work trips in the coming year.

Giving Opportunities

While the storm itself has past, we are not at the end of this event. In the wake of a hurricane, Lutheran Disaster Response will collect funds to help meet long-term needs of hurricane and flooding survivors. The South Carolina Synod will also collect funds for more immediate needs of ELCA Congregations and members throughout the Carolinas. Thank you for helping those in need.



Beyond direct financial gifts, here is what is being requested.

Assemble relief-supply kits

We’ve had a number of call from congregations willing to help with emergency kits. Here is the updated information I have.

The North Carolina team is working with Church World Service (CWS) for collecting various kits to be distributed. Information about the requested kits to CWS may be found at cwskits.org. Updated descriptions of the Hygiene Kits, School Kits, and Flood Buckets are also available. The collection point for these is in Charlotte. Please call ahead to ensure someone is there to receive kits.

Rise Against Hunger
10825-B Texland Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28273
980-329-2120

Contact:
David Thomas Bush
dthomasbush@stophungernow.org

It is my understanding that as a collection point the should be able to divert these supplies locally before they would normally ship them to Baltimore helping folks in the Carolinas.

A separate and specific request has been made from the South Carolina Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters, which our partners Lutheran Services Carolinas participates in. There is a great need for First Aid Kits. This is being facilitated through Catholic Charities. Contact Daniel at 914-384-5499 or daniel.altenau@raldioc.org for details.

Congregations with damage to the building

If you need financial assistance with repairs, please contact the ELCA Mission Investment Fund. They are prepared to help in various ways.



Hurricane Florence Update: September 17, 2018

Looking to hear from you.

Thank you to the majority of congregations who checked in about their service schedule over the weekend. We know that there are a number of congregations that were in the direct path of the storm. Please, as you are able to return to your buildings, let the office know of any of your members needs or building needs. You may send those to neal@scsynod.com or use the contact us form on the synod’s website.

Giving Opportunities

While we are in the midst of the final stages of the storm. We are not at the end of this event. In the wake of a hurricane, Lutheran Disaster Response will collect funds to help meet long-term needs of hurricane survivors. The South Carolina Synod will also collect funds for more immediate needs throughout the Carolinas. Thank you for helping those in need.



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we prepare for how we will respond to Hurricane Florence, there are several things to keep in mind.

First, pray for all those whose lives and property have been or soon will be impacted by the winds, floods, and storm surge along the coast. Keep in mind especially those who are being evacuated from hospitals, nursing facilities, and retirement communities on the coast.

Second, consider a gift to the South Carolina Synod Disaster Reponse which will be used for short term responses to those who are the hardest hit throughout the Carolinas, and/or give to the ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response which goes to the long-term recovery efforts which may take years.

Peace,
The Rev. Herman Yoos
Bishop
ELCA South Carolina Synod

Giving Options

The synod is making available options to receive donations to assist those in need because of this storm throughout the Carolinas.

One option is giving by text.

To give by text simply dial 864-383-1482. If this is your first time giving to use by text, you will be prompted to attach a card of some form to send the payment. After that, simply type in the dollar amount you would like to send (no $ is required) followed by a space and then the fund name. (i.e. 10 South Carolina Disaster Response)



The SC Emergency Management Division has advised that South Carolina prepare for the Hurricane Florence. Please visit their website for tips on how to prepare, knowing your zone, when to evacuate and more.

Places follow the most up to date information.

SCSynod on Twitter

SCSynod on Facebook

SCEMD Twitter

SCEMD Facebook

SCEMD Website

Please stay in touch with the Synod Office though email, our website contact form, and social media and let us know as soon as possible any damage or issues. We would also like to know to share what information we have on this page. Remember, our office is closed on Fridays. So, there will be no one to answer your calls. The current track of the storm puts it between the Myrtle Beach area and as far north as Norfolk, VA. We strongly urge you to follow local authorities guidance in the times of disaster.

This page will be updated as information is made available.

Closures, Evacuations, and Shelters Information

If you are having to move inland due to mandatory evacuations, There are a limited number of spaces available at Camp Kinard. Call 803-532-2235.

Camp Kinard offers emergency housing during Hurricane Florence
With the approaching severe weather due to Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers would like to once again offer emergency housing at Camp Kinard (Batesburg-Leesville, SC) to those forced to evacuate the coast. There is no charge for lodging (donations to this ministry are accepted) and guests are able to check-in beginning this afternoon (Wednesday, September 12, 2018). For more info or to make a reservation, please contact Elliott Cox at elliott@sclrc.com.
Due to occasional severe allergies of the guests we serve, please note that our facility is pet free. An area individual has graciously offered to host a small number pets in need of a place to stay while guests stay with us here at camp. Due to our limited space, housing is also be offered to those traveling from at least 75 miles away.

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Housing at Lutheridge
Lutheridge has some housing available for those who are evacuating. Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center has 15 cabins that sleep 6-10 people each, available for #HurricaneFlorence evacuees. Lutherock has a 4 bedroom dorm that sleeps 40 people and 8 cabins that sleep 10 each. We ask that you bring twin bed linens or sleeping bags, towels and toiletries. We have waived our normal pet policy. All cabin housing is free to coastal evacuees. You may contact Angie Yates at ayates@novusway.org or 828-209-6328.

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Lutheran Day at Newberry College
The Lutheran Day at the Newberry College Football game is being rescheduled. We are planning on having Lutheran Day on an alternate game day, but which one is to be decided.

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Lenoir-Rhyne University
LRU has made the decision to suspend all classes and academic activities beginning at 8 am Thursday, September 13, until further notice. Visit https://www.lr.edu/hurricane for all details and updates.

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The LUTHERAN CAMPUS MINISTRY Summit schedule for Sunday, September 16th in Clemson and at Redeemer IS CANCELLED.

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St. Philip, Myrtle Beach
With the reports showing a later arrival for Hurricane Florence than initially thought, as well as the greater chance that Myrtle Beach will be affected, we will suspend all activity at St. Philip until further notice. There will be no worship on Sunday, September 16. Stay safe and do not venture out if you remained. Prayers for all those who will be impacted.

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Christ Lutheran Church & Preschool, Hilton Head Island
Updated:
Yes, we know…we had originally cancelled Sunday morning services. And we really don’t mean to confuse you.

However, despite previous notices and the ad in the Island Packet that says we are cancelled, we will gather tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. for one service of worship and Holy Communion.
Please join us tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 16 at 10:00 a.m. for worship and Holy Communion.

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Martin Luther, James Island and Faith, Johns Island
Martin Luther Church on James Island and Faith Lutheran Church on Johns Island are both canceling their Sunday, September 16th Worship Services. We pray for the safety of all those in the storm’s path.

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Redeemer, Charleston
To ensure the safety of everyone at Redeemer- Charleston, including all congregation members and staff, we will be canceling services and all activities on Sunday, September 16.

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Pilgrim, Lexington
Has cancelled Sunday worship and church activities for Sunday, September 16.

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St. Paul’s, Columbia
Has cancelled Sunday worship and church activities for Sunday, September 16.

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Mt. Tabor, West Columbia
Has cancelled Sunday worship and church activities for Sunday, September 16.

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Faith, West Columbia
Has cancelled Sunday worship and church activities for Sunday, September 16.

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St. Stephen’s, Lexington
After consulting many resources including SC DOT, St. Stephen’s has decided to cancel all services and scheduled activities on Sunday, September 16th.

In addition, Men’s Bible Study and Lutheran Men have been cancelled for Monday, September 17th.

Mrs. Beth will send a separate notice sometime before the beginning of next week informing about the preschool schedule for Monday.

Since we will not be together on Sunday we have attached a short reflection and prayer that we hope you will read and share with your family.

Prayers for safety and God’s blessings be with all of you and all who are affected by Hurricane Florence. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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Ebenezer, Columbia
Ebenezer has cancelled worship and all events for this weekend.

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Shepherd of the Sea, Myrtle Beach
Will be having worship only on Facebook Live at 11:00 a.m. – https://www.facebook.com/SOSLutheran/

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Good Shepherd, Columbia
Has cancelled both of its services.

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King of Glory, North Myrtle Beach
All services are cancelled.

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St. Andrew’s, Columbia
To the St. Andrew’s community,

All church activities for Sunday are CANCELLED. This is the first time I have ever done so but this one is different. I checked with our friends at DOT and they suggest staying off the roads. Power will possibly / likely be out. The reality is twenty or so of you would be there on Sunday, so the only thing that suffers is my ego. In the interest of safety we need to call it.

PLEASE do several things. This is IMPORTANT.

  1. Check on each other. Don’t assume someone is okay. Call someone. Text. Check.
  2. PLEASE PLEASE call people who might not get internet. Think about this. Who is maybe older and not getting emails? CALL THEM!
  3. Call me on my cell at 920-2722 if there are emergencies. The internet may be down. I will try to keep my cell phoned charged.

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St. Luke’s, Summerville
In place of our regular services, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Summerville, SC will only have a single service at 10AM on Sunday, Sept 16.

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Faith Evangelical, Batesburg-Leesville
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Batesburg-Leesville has cancelled all Sunday services and activities.

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St. Barnabas, Charleston
St. Barnabas, Charleston, will not have service this Sunday.

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Christus Victor, Columbia
Both Services and all activities are cancelled for Sunday, September 16th

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Wittenberg, Leesville
After much discussion and prayer, we are going to take the cautious route and cancel worship, Sunday School, and meetings this Sunday, September 16.

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Christ Mission, Columbia
Will be closed Sunday, September 16.

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Grace, Gilbert
Due to the weather forecast and tropical conditions, we are canceling worship as well as all meetings and activities at Grace for Sunday, September 16.

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St. John’s, Lexinton
St. John’s Lexington has cancelled 9:30am worship and 10:30 Sunday School for Sept. 16.

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St. David, West Columbia
ST. DAVID LUTHERAN CHURCH, WEST COLULMBIA – ALL ACTIVITIES/WORSHIP CANCELELED FOR SATURDAY & SUNDAY SEP 15 & 16

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Good Shepherd, Swansea
All Sunday activities for September 16th are cancelled.

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St. Matthew’s, Charleston
Closed for all Sunday morning for all ministries on September 16.

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Augsburg, Union
Union County Emergency Management has requested that churches cancel services for Sunday, so the good people of Augsburg, Union, will not be worshipping together.

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Bethlehem, Leesville
Has cancelled Sunday school, the 10 am service, and confirmation this Sunday.

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St. James, Leesville
Has cancelled service for Sunday, Sept. 16.

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Bethlehem, Pomaria
Services cancelled at Bethlehem tomorrow, September 16.

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Atonement, Laurens
Sunday service is cancelled.

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St. Matthew’s, Lexington
Worship has been cancelled for Sunday. September 16.

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St. Thomas, Chapin
Will have the 10:30 am service only and is cancelling our 8:00 am service for tomorrow.

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St. Luke, Columbia
Services are cancelled for Sept. 16.

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St. John’s, Beaufort
Services will be held on a normal schedule.

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Christ Community, North Charleston
Will be having service at 10:00 a.m.

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Cristo Rey, West Columbia
Hola Buenos Dias!! hoy no va a haber misa por las lluvias, cualquier consulta me llama por favor 803 360 6665 Dios los bendiga.

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Sagrada Familia, Columbia
Hola Buenos Dias!! hoy no va a haber misa por las lluvias, cualquier consulta me llama por favor 803 360 6665 Dios los bendiga.

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