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Sunday, November 4, 2012

ELCA on Hurricane Sandy

Dear Oregon Synod Friends - I wanted to forward this email from Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson on to all of you in case you didn't get it. The original also included an embedded video which I cannot share with you here, but which is available at http://www.youtube.com/embed/xrsGUUgU7YM
 
Blessings - Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke
 
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Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
 
God's word of promise is given to all who are facing uncertainty, damage and disruption following Hurricane Sandy and its subsequent storms.
 
That word of promise is Christ is with you always. With Paul we can say, "If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it." (1 Corinthians 12:26)

As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we remain in prayer, responding generously and working tirelessly to rebuild lives, congregations and communities.
 
We are not doing this work alone. Through ELCA Disaster Response, we are joining with our congregations, affiliates and other partners in our shared commitment to restore communities. As we have shown in past disasters, we stay until the work is done. That is the ELCA's commitment.
 
Please continue to respond with prayers, generous gifts of time and money, and the commitment to a sustaining presence. Visit ELCA Disaster Response at www.ELCA.org/disaster for updates, downloadable bulletin inserts, worship resources and ways to make contributions online.
 
Thank you for your prayers and generosity as we respond together and do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.
 
In God's grace,
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America