All Saints Messenger - May 23, 2013

posted May 23, 2013, 11:48 AM by Church Secretary

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,


 This Sunday, May 26th, All Saints will have two monetary collections; the first will be our response to those suffering from the tornado devastation in Moore, OK and the second will be our normal church offering. Please remember to bring any loose change and dollar bills as well as your check book to support our Sisters & Brothers in Christ who have lost so much.

The following words are from The Episcopal Church's Relief organization "The Episcopal Relief and Development" agency that provides assistance around the world to all who are suffering.

Episcopal Relief & Development has been in contact with local partners in the Episcopal dioceses of Fort Worth and Oklahoma following tornadoes on May 16 and May 20 that caused severe damage and loss of life. Episcopal Relief & Development encourages prayers for those impacted, and for first responders who are providing immediate assistance. Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development's Tornado Response Fund will support outreach efforts in affected areas and help meet urgent needs.

The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma posted the following message on their website: "Thank you to all who have reached out to us in response to the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma. We are in the process of assessing the situation and coordinating assistance to our communities."


 Katie Mears, Episcopal Relief & Development's Director of US Disaster Preparedness and Response, has been in contact with the Rev. Canon José A. McLoughlin, Canon to the Ordinary, and anticipates partnering with the diocese to assist those most vulnerable following this disaster. "We're prepared to do what we need to do and we're going to do what we can," McLoughlin told Episcopal News Service in a story published on May 21. "Let us be the hands and feet of Christ," he wrote, "reaching out to help our sisters and brothers affected by these devastating storms. Please join me as we hold up in prayer those who have suffered bodily injury, loss of home and especially those who have died. And please continue to pray for all the public servants who are there to serve."

Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on these your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Fr. Gary+