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PCUSA Congregations in the Recovery Zone

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Thanks to the incredible work of Ed Brenegar here is a list of the 140 PCUSA congregations in the area directly impacted by the disaster. (More on Ed’s work, and the work of other micro-relief innovators in the post below.) It is almost certain that every one of them has new burdens, and that some of them are devastated. Time is of the essence, and many needs could be met –say emergency financial assistance or housing– if only there was a way to match that need with the ability to respond, within a framework that promoted both accountability and long-term commitment. That framework seems to me to be best built on a foundation of direct congregation-to-congregation partnership.

If you are a pastor or elder in a PCUSA congregation outside of the recovery region in a position to commit your congregation to the relief of one of these 140 churches (by polling the session by e-mail or phone?), I suggest you simply start trying to get in touch with anyone in one of these churches and get the wheels moving. Pastor Mark D. Roberts initiated such an outreach this week and his church is now partnered with Canal Street Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. As an elder inthe PCUSA, I don’t think this is an occasion for the ordinary amount of PCUSA process. I think enormous good can follow from initiative at the local level, and urgent needs met by reaching out before an actual request arrives.

My suggestion: Simply sign up for a church, and start trying to get in touch with its leadership or any members that can locate the leadership. If you e-mail me the congregation you represent and the church you are approaching, I will list it here. I doubt very much if there will be too many partners per church, or too much aid flowing in the wrong direction –not given the scale of the destruction. I am also confident that any church in the impacted region that finds itself without need will either say so or simply regift the assistance.

If you are an elder/pastor/member or friend of a PCUSA congregation in the region and know that your congregation needs help but that the leadership is scattered or communications crippled, drop me an e-mail at hugh@hughhewitt.com and I’ll post your need.

I will also update this list as often as I can. Check over at Ed’s site as well for his thoughts on how best to get relief rolling on a congregation to congregation basis. My belief is if the list gets wide dissemination, each of these congregations will have multiple long term partners in their recovery efforts and in their efforts in the community beyond their congregation.

Churches of the Presbytery of South Louisiana, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Albany Hungarian Presbyterian Church
PO Box 119
Albany, LA 70711
225-567-2098
http://www.ahpchurch.org
revstephen@eatel.net

Amite-Arcola Presbyterian Church
501 Walnut Ave
Amite, LA 70422
985-748-7558

Atkinson Memorial Presbyterian Church
212 4th St
Morgan City, LA 70381
985-384-7685
985-384-7685 FAX
http://www.forministry.com/USLAPCUSAAMPCA
ampc@teche.net

Baker Presbyterian Church
3015 Groom Rd
Baker, LA 70714
225-775-0866
225-774-6397 FAX
bkrprsby@bellsouth.net

Bayou Blue First Presbyterian Church
3200 Hwy 316
Gray, LA 70359
985-876-7687

Berean Presbyterian Church
PO Box 50549
New Orleans, LA 70150
504-525-3198
504-899-2483 FAX

Broadmoor Presbyterian Church
9340 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
225-924-4271
225-924-9613 FAX
http://www.broadmoorpresbyterian.org
bpresby@bellsouth.net

Canal Street Presbyterian Church
4302 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
504-482-1135
504-483-0016 FAX
http://www.cspcno.org
webmaster@cspcno.org

PARTNERS: Irvine Presybterian Church, Irvine, CA

Carolyn Park Presbyterian Church
7408 W Judge Perez
Arabi, LA 70032
504-271-6492
http://www.cppc.cyberbree.com

Carrollton Presbyterian Church
2032 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
504-861-8102

Chinese Presbyterian Church
2901 W Esplanade Ave
Kenner, LA 70065
504-461-0702
504-461-5435 FAX
http://www.cpcnola.org
cpc_nola@bellsouth.net

Church of the Way Presbyterian Church
250 S Foster Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
225-927-8744
225-927-8747 FAX
cotwpcusa@aol.com

Clinton Presbyterian Church
PO Box 7938
Clinton, LA 70722
225-683-5493

Covington Presbyterian Church
222 S Jefferson Ave
Covington, LA 70434
985-892-4821
985-892-3591 FAX
http://www.covingtonpres.org
covpresby@bellsouth.net

Creedmoor Presbyterian Church
PO Box 123
St Bernard, LA 70085
504-682-2529

Faith Presbyterian Church
12855 Old Hammond Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
225-275-7393
225-275-7399 FAX
http://www.faithpcbr.org
chur7393@bellsouth.net

Faith Presbyterian Church
2525 Apollo
Harvey, LA 70058
504-368-2525

First Presbyterian Church
202 N Royal St
De Ridder, LA 70634
337-463-7339

First Presbyterian Church
321 E 4th St
Crowley, LA 70527
337-783-2249
337-783-2249 FAX

First Presbyterian Church
511 Avenue D
Bogalusa, LA 70429
985-732-4407
985-735-0048 FAX
firstpresbog@i-55.com

First Presbyterian Church
763 North Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
225-387-0617
225-338-1010 FAX
http://www.fpcbr.org
marilyn@fpcbr.org

First Presbyterian Church
357 Windermere Blvd
Alexandria, LA 71303
318-443-7229
318-443-5965 FAX
1prsbytr@bellsouth.net

First Presbyterian Church
109 N Louisiana Ave
Abbeville, LA 70510
337-893-7200
http://www.members.tripod.com/fpcabbeville
fpcal@hotmail.com

First Presbyterian Church
PO Box 726
Hammond, LA 70404
985-345-1543
985-345-8523 FAX
http://www.fpchammond.org
pastor@fpchammond.org

First Presbyterian Church
3661 College St
Jackson, LA 70748
225-634-0734
treewolf@bellsouth.net

First Presbyterian Church
301 East Academy Ave
Jennings, LA 70546
337-824-2925
fpcjennings@crawfishnet.com

First Presbyterian Church
305 W Hudspeth St
Welsh, LA 70591
337-734-3212
fpcwelsh@charter.net

First Presbyterian Church
522 Green St
Thibodaux, LA 70301
985-447-7539
985-447-1795 FAX
http://www.lafourche.com/presbyterian
presbyterian@lafourche.com

First Presbyterian Church
1041 9th St
Slidell, LA 70458
985-643-0871
985-641-6577 FAX
http://www.fpcslidell.com
churchoffice@fpcslidell.com

First Presbyterian Church
197 S 4th St
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
985-386-8422
http://www.fpcponch.org
fpcponch@i-55.com

First Presbyterian Church
5401 S Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-866-7409
504-866-7400 FAX
http://www.fpcno.org
fpcno@fpcno.org

First Presbyterian Church
1801 2nd Ave
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337-433-4667
337-433-4601 FAX
http://www.firstpres-lc.org
chur1837@bellsouth.net

First Presbyterian Church
1130 Johnston St
Lafayette, LA 70501
337-234-5182
337-234-5183 FAX
fpclafayette@yahoo.com

First NCD Presbyterian Church
4850 Lakewood Dr
Zachary, LA 70791
225-654-8359

First of Iberia Parish Presbyterian Church
204 N Lewis St
New Iberia, LA 70563
337-364-8118
337-364-0936 FAX
firstpc@aol.com

First Union Presbyterian Church
134 Lakewood Dr
Luling, LA 70070

Gentilly Presbyterian Church
3708 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70122
504-947-1176
revshirl@yahoo.com

Gheens Presbyterian Church
2634 Hwy 654
Gheens, LA 70355
985-532-5496
donnamlandry@yahoo.com

Grace Presbyterian Church
1412 Hospital Ave
Franklin, LA 70538
337-828-3760
wadp1@msn.com

Grace Presbyterian Church
518 Roselawn Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70503
337-984-6400
337-984-6412 FAX
http://www.gracelafayette.org
gracpreb@bellsouth.net

Gretna Presbyterian Church
101 11th St
Gretna, LA 70053
504-366-6831
504-366-6881 FAX
http://www.home.earthlink.net/~gpcoffice
gpcoffice@earthlink.net

Highland Presbyterian Church
10024 Highland Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
225-766-5775
225-766-5770
http://www.highlandpresbyterian.org
hpchurch@bellsouth.net

Jefferson Presbyterian Church
4450 Jefferson Hwy
Jefferson, LA 70121
504-733-2090
504-733-2096 FAX

John Calvin Presbyterian Church
4201 Transcontinental Dr
Metairie, LA 70006
504-888-1375
504-779-5823 FAX
http://www.johncalvinchurch.org
dianne.boan@johncalvinchurch.org

Kenner Presbyterian Church
2129 Iowa Ave
Kenner, LA 70063
504-466-6729
Kennerpresbyterian@juno.com

Korean Presbyterian Church
7001 Canal Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
504-283-7299

Lakeview Presbyterian Church
5914 Canal Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
504-482-7892
504-494-6029 FAX
http://www.lpcno.org
lakeviewpresbyterian@lpcno.org

Madisonville Presbyterian Church
701 Pine St
Madisonville, LA 70447
985-845-8901
985-370-5090 FAX
jwanderson@I-55.com

Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church
215 Phosphor Ave
Metairie, LA 70005
504-833-6357
504-833-1419 FAX
metridgepc@yahoo.com

New Covenant Presbyterian Church
4375 Hwy 22
Mandeville, LA 70471
985-626-4375
985-626-4391
http://www.newcovenantpc.org
ncpcdesk@bellsouth.net

Northminster Presbyterian Church
63140 N Military Rd
Pearl River, LA 70452
985-863-3331
985-863-0160 FAX
http://www.northminster.info
postmaster@northminster.info

Norwood Presbyterian Church
PO Box 214
Norwood, LA 70761

Palmer Memorial Presbyterian Church
165 Mercer Rd
Pineville, LA 71360
318-487-9237

Parkway Presbyterian Church
6200 Camphor St
Metairie, LA 70003
504-733-1644
504-733-1647 FAX
http://www.parkwaypresbyterianchurch.org
Tom@ppc.nocoxmail.com

PC of St John Presbyterian Church
1260 Main St
La Place, LA 70068
985-652-3163

Peace Presbyterian Church
5919 Morrison Rd
New Orleans, LA 70126
504-241-0978
504-241-0987 FAX
enix12@cox.net

Raceland Presbyterian Church
PO Box 326
Raceland, LA 70394
985-537-6931

River Community Presbyterian Church
36367 Old Perkins Rd
Prairieville, LA 70769
225-744-4367
225-744-4369 FAX
http://www.rivercommunity.org
staff@rivercommunity.org

Scotlandville Presbyterian Church
1246 Rosenwald Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70874
225-775-4782
fpcscotlandville@aol.com

St Andrew Presbyterian Church
751 Abe Allen Dr
Leesville, LA 71446
337-238-3999
standrewleesville@earthlink.net

St Andrew Presbyterian Church
4020 Hodges St
Lake Charles, LA 70605
337-477-6166
337-477-6002 FAX
standrewpres@bellsouth.net

St Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church
1545 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118
504-897-0101
504-897-0105 FAX
http://www.scapc.org
pseelman@scapc.org

Trinity Presbyterian Church
3001 Verot School Rd
Lafayette, LA 70508
337-856-8145
337-856-8145 FAX
trinity.Pres@earthlink.net

University Presbyterian Church
3240 Dalrymple Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
225-383-0345
225-383-3495 FAX
upcsecretary@upc.brcoxmail.com

West Baton Rouge Presbyterian Church
640 Florida Ave
Port Allen, LA 70767
225-344-1486
http://www.westbrpres.org
cwst@bellsouth.net

Westminster Presbyterian Church
301 Center Cir
Sulphur, LA 70663
337-625-5249

Woodland Presbyterian Church
2889 Military Hwy
Pineville, LA 71360
318-640-3023
318-640-0142
woodland2_@bellsouth.net

Woodland Presbyterian Church
5824 Berkley Dr
New Orleans, LA 70131
504-394-7877
Churches of the Presbytery of Mississippi, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Alexander Memorial Presbyterian Church
312 Tipton St
Kosciusko, MS 39090
662-289-3175

Briarwood Presbyterian Church
620 Briarwood Dr
Jackson, MS 39211
601-956-4553
601-956-4824 FAX
http://www.briarwoodpres.org
briarwoodchurch@jam.rr.com

Covenant Presbyterian Church
4000 Ridgewood Rd
Jackson, MS 39211
601-981-7236
601-981-4947 FAX
http://www.covenant.ms
goodnews@jam.rr.com

Diamondhead Community Presbyterian Church
5301 Diamondhead Cir
Diamondhead, MS 39525
228-255-5556
228-255-5557 FAX
http://www.dhcommunitychurch.org
dcc@cableone.net

Fairview Presbyterian Church
469 CR 52834
Heidelberg, MS 39439
601-787-2618
dewayneharrison@msn.com

Faith Presbyterian Church
3255 Bailey Ave
Jackson, MS 39283
601-366-3892

First Presbyterian Church
114 Ulman Ave
Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520
228-467-3921

First Presbyterian Church
PO Box 346
Brookhaven, MS 39602
601-833-7158
601-833-7071 FAX
ewolff1@bellsouth.net

First Presbyterian Church
PO Box 614
Lucedale, MS 39452
601-947-8228

First Presbyterian Church
400 State St
Natchez, MS 39120
601-442-2581
601-442-2590 FAX
fpcnatchez@bellsouth.net

First Presbyterian Church
1101 Church St
Port Gibson, MS 39150
601-437-5428
http://www.fpcportgibson.org

First Presbyterian Church
1819 Pascagoula St
Pascagoula, MS 39567
228-762-2824
228-762-0296 FAX
http://www.frstpres.org
fpc@frstpres.org

First Presbyterian Church
921 Ocean Ave
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
228-875-5326
228-872-0401 FAX
fpcos@datasync.com

First Presbyterian Church
202 E Peace
Canton, MS 39046
601-859-4738
601-859-9846 FAX
mcleang@aol.com

First Presbyterian Church
1501 Cherry St
Vicksburg, MS 39180
601-636-1200
601-631-0301 FAX
http://www.fpcvicksburg.org
fpc@fpcvicksburg.org

First Trinity Presbyterian Church
PO Box 528
Laurel, MS 39440
601-428-8491
601-428-8492 FAX
ftpc@first-trinity.org

Fondren Presbyterian Church
3220 Old Canton Rd
Jackson, MS 39216
601-982-3232
601-982-3233 FAX
http://www.fondrenpresbyterian.org
fondrenpcusa@bellsouth.net

Gautier Presbyterian Church
PO Box 340
Gautier, MS 39553
228-497-1706
http://www.gautierpresbyterian.home.att.net
gautierpresbyterian@cableone.net

Gavins Chapel Presbyterian Church
PO Box 1240
Bay Springs, MS 39422
601-764-3242

Grace Chapel Presbyterian Church
307 New Mannsdale Rd
Madison, MS 39130
601-856-7223
601-856-7825 FAX
http://www.gracechapelpcusa.org
gcpc@gracechapelpcusa.org

Handsboro Presbyterian Church
1304 Pass Rd E
Gulfport, MS 39507
228-896-6619
http://www.handsboropresbyterian.org
msnormabsn@aol.com

J J White Memorial Presbyterian Church
110 3rd St
McComb, MS 39649
601-684-4189
601-684-4199 FAX
http://www.jjwhitememorial.org
church4311@bellsouth.net

Jones Memorial Presbyterian Church
4415 Royal Rd
Meridian, MS 39307
601-482-6220
601-482-6220 FAX

Liberty Presbyterian Church
PO Box 219
Liberty, MS 39645
601-657-4818
601-657-4818 FAX
southernherald@bellsouth.net

Long Beach Presbyterian Church
O Box 332
Long Beach, MS 39560
228-863-7633
lbpcaplace4u@peoplepc.com

Magnolia Presbyterian Church
PO Box 454
Magnolia, MS 39652
601-783-2404

Mc Farland Presbyterian Church
186 CR 377
Heidelberg, MS 39439
601-787-4304
robinmac@merlin.ebicom.net

Orange Grove Presbyterian Church
16148 Robinson Rd
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-831-4585
http://www.ogpcusa.org

Osyka Presbyterian Church
PO Box 298
Osyka, MS 39657
601-542-5741

Pilgrim Grove Presbyterian Church
1354 Mt Moriah Rd
Newton, MS 39345
601-683-7015

Pineview Presbyterian Church
1200 Old Country Club Rd
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
601-582-1740

Pineville Presbyterian Church
510 N Jackson St
Poplarville, MS 39470
228-868-1219
revlapin@aol.com

St Luke’s Presbyterian Church
260 Presto Ln
Jackson, MS 39206
601-362-0381

Toomsuba Presbyterian Church
PO Box 250
Toomsuba, MS 39364
601-632-4201

Trinity Presbyterian Church
4223 Poplar Springs Dr
Meridian, MS 39305
601-485-4105
601-485-5505 FAX
TrinityPCUSA@aol.com

United Presbyterian Church
PO Box 500
Sandersville, MS 39477
601-428-7974
wfp102@bellsouth.net

Memorial Presbyterian Church
3549 Lower Cetreville Rd
Liberty, MS 39645
601-657-4562

Vernal Presbyterian Church
455 McInnis Vernal Rd
Lucedale, MS 39452
601-766-0372
601-766-0372 FAX

Westminster Presbyterian Church
5005 Lawson Ave
Gulfport, MS 39507
228-864-3143
228-864-3247 FAX
Westpresch@cableone.net

Westminster Presbyterian Church
115 N 25th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
601-584-7574
601-584-7574 FAX
http://www.WestminsterPres.MyChurch.com
wstminsterpres@bellsouth.net

Westminster Presbyterian Church
33 Fatherland Rd
Natchez, MS 39120
601-442-2254
601-442-2975
westminster@telepak.net

Wiggins Presbyterian Church
PO Box 416
Wiggins, MS 39577
601-928-7695

Yokena Presbyterian Church
472 Jeff Davis Rd
Vicksburg, MS 39180
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The Churches of the Presbytery of South Alabama, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Central Presbyterian Church
1260 Dauphin St
Mobile, AL 36604
251-432-0591
251-432-0592 FAX
http://www.cpcmobile.org
cpcmobil@bellsouth.net

Christ Presbyterian Church
8450 Wispering Pines Rd
Daphne, AL 36526
251-621-9444
251-626-9049 FAX
gskennedy62@aol.com

Columbia Presbyterian Church
806 N Main St
Columbia, AL 36319
334-696-3351
jewood4@juno.com

Cottage Hill Presbyterian Church
4201 Cottage Hill Rd
Mobile, AL 36609
251-661-9506
chpc@bellsouth.net

Evergreen Presbyterian Church
1103 N Pontiac Ave
Dothan, AL 36303
334-792-7898
334-792-3160 FAX
http://www.evergreenpres.net
carol@evergreenpres.net

Evergreen Presbyterian Church
PO Box 553
Evergreen, AL 36401
256-578-2549

First Presbyterian Church
195 E Berry Ave
Foley, AL 36535
251-943-8325
251-943-8338 FAX
http://www.foley1stpresbyterian.com
foley1ST@Gulftel.com

First Presbyterian Church
PO Box 848
Citronelle, AL 36522
251-866-5340

First Presbyterian Church
211 McMillan Ave
Bay Minette, AL 36507
251-937-7735
251-580-3732 FAX
pcusabm@earthlink.com

First Presbyterian Church
12185 Homestead Ave
Grand Bay, AL 36541
251-865-4688

First Presbyterian Church
PO Box 256
Gulf Shores, AL 36547
251-968-7720
251-968-7472 FAX
http://www.gulftel.comgsfpcindex1.htm
gsfpcusa@gulftel.com

First Presbyterian Church
PO Box 355
Jackson, AL 36545
251-246-9620
251-246-9620 FAX
firstpre@bellsouth.net

First Presbyterian Church
223 S Three Notch St
Andalusia, AL 36420
334-222-5352
334-427-8052 FAX
fpcandy@alaweb.com

Geneva Presbyterian Church
PO Box 417
Geneva, AL 36340

Government Street Presbyterian Church
300 Government St
Mobile, AL 36602
251-432-1749
251-434-9324 FAX
http://www.gspcmobile.org
info@gspcmobile.org

Grace Presbyterian Church
1255 Navco Rd
Mobile, AL 36605
251-471-4693
gracepcusamobile@juno.com

Green Hill Presbyterian Church
PO Box 310637
Enterprise, AL 36331
334-347-9530
334-347-9530 FAX
http://www.greenhillpresbyterianchurch.org
greenhill@snowhill.com

Hillsdale Presbyterian Church
569 Cody Rd
Mobile, AL 36608
251-344-7182

Memorial Presbyterian Church
2450 St Stephens Rd
Mobile, AL 36617
251-452-0321

New Hope Korean NCD Presbyterian Church
1260 Dauphin St
Mobile, AL 36604
251-433-6266

Northminster Presbyterian Church
531 Hwy 43 N
Chickasaw, AL 36611
251-456-5660

Orange Beach Presbyterian Church
PO Box 306
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-981-4220
251-981-4223 FAX
http://www.gulfmart.com/obpc
obpchurch@gulftel.com

Overlook Presbyterian Church
5311 Overlook Rd
Mobile, AL 36618
251-344-1771
251-344-1740 FAX
overlook@myexcel.com

Providence Presbyterian Church
2320 Schillinger Rd S
Mobile, AL 36695
251-633-9701
251-633-9772 FAX
http://www.providence-pc.org
ppcusa@zebra.net

Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church
PO Box 7386
Spanish Fort, AL 36577
251-626-1242

Spring Hill Presbyterian Church
10 Westminster Way
Mobile, AL 36608
251-342-1550
251-342-1559 FAX
http://www.springhillpresbyterian.org
info@springhillpresbyterian.org

Stockton Presbyterian Church
PO Box 438
Stockton, AL 36579
251-937-7584
251-937-9518 FAX
prbert@aol.com

Swift Presbyterian Church
23208 Swift Church Rd
Foley, AL 36535
251-943-8367
http://www.swiftchurch.org
swiftpc@gulftel.com

Trinity Presbyterian Church
PO Box 441
Fairhope, AL 36533
251-928-2524
251-928-5690 FAX
http://www.trinitypcusafairhope.cityslide.com
tpcbob@bellsouth.net

Union Presbyterian Church
3983 CR 13
Ozark, AL 36360

Westminster Presbyterian Church
2921 Airport Blvd
Mobile, AL 36606
251-471-5451
251-471-5349 FAX
wpcmob@bellsouth.net

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The idea of microrelief efforts aimed at knitting together needy communities with counterparts outside of the recovery area is advancing pretty quickly. In the post immediately above this is a list of every Presbyterian Church (USA) in the affected region –a mammoth undertaking accomplished by a truly amazing man, Ed Brenegar, who saw the need and just got it done. I am hoping that now the thousands of PCUSA congrgations around the country will pick one of these churches and start the process of establishing a long term recovery partnership as MarkDRoberts’ church has done with Canal Street Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. Even if some of these churches have not suffered physical damage, it is almost certain that they are bearing new and heavy burdens and need help from their fellow PCUSA members. There simply isn’t any need to wait for instructions from Louisville. I hope pastors and elders simply pick a partner and send word that help in the form of prayer, money, and when appropriate, volunteers of all sort are on the way. Immediate contact might also help fill the housing needs or special needs of many of these churches whose flock is in whole or part homeless. I will continually update the list to note which congregations around the country have adopted which church in the recovery region, and I have asked Ed to think through the protocols that might apply, though in the near term, picking upthe phone or sending an e-mail or somehow tracking down a contact makes the most sense. If a pastor/elder/deacon or friend of an impacted church in the region sees this post, please feel free to send me word of whether and how urgently you need partner PCUSA congregations, and I’ll post the request here.

This is one small example of how I hope the new portal NZ Bear is working on will match need and ability to provide. Here’s another.

NZ has asked for some technical help in putting this portal together. (Scroll down.) In the comments section to that request was this comment and link:

Hello everyone. I put up a rudimentary site called “Martial Artists Affected by Hurricane Katrina” that was inspired by Hugh Hewitt’s article, NZBear’s interview with him, and that one site “Openings for Students Affected By Hurricane Katrina”. Obviously, its focus is much more long-term as many people right now don’t even know the full extent of damage to their homes, workplaces and lives, let alone their martial arts community.

It is for informational purposes only, being a list of martial arts schools harmed by Katrina and those martial arts schools that wish to help. There is also a list for those schools wanting to offer temporary “instruction refuge” for displaced martial artists.

http://martialartshurricanekatrina.blogspot.com/

Thank you and best of luck to everyone on the relief efforts.

Posted by: John Oberle on September 3, 2005 11:16 AM

That is microrelief of the sort that the bigs will never be able to supply, but which the web has already made possible, and which the new portal may accelerate.

Second and third example: HedgeHogBlog is already helping keep track of the response of the country’s major law firms.

Now, because of some unique circumstances, HedgeHog was able to match another need with resources. Dr. Greg Henderson is an academic pathologist who found himself in New Orleans on vacation and responded by setting up a clinic and basically going into ER medicine. Help began flowing to him via a number of sources, and the next update will detail how, I hope. The power of matching need and ability to respond.

This matching is no doubt being replicated over and over again. A friend of mine in Southern California, Todd Sousa, who owns a string of swim schools, found himself with an offer of trucks and a large quantity of bottled water. So he’s going to ask for some other appropriate stuff, find a shelter in the area that is need, and head out asap.

The point is that when the need is literally infinite, every help matters, even though sophistication in delivery is crucial so as to avoid bottlenecks etc.

While we get the protal designed, I am going to concentrate on the Presbyterians. If you are among them, please flag your pastor at church tonight or tomorrow and ask him or her or a member of the session to pcik a partner church and get moving.

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The Example of George W. Bush

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I understand that an entertainer on the NBC special said some incredibly distasteful stuff about President Bush. No doubt a lot of folks will be pretty upset. I am taking my cue from the president, who spent the day in the company of a lot of folks who seem to have spent the last 48 hours doing nothing but blasting him in an attempt to escape fallout. President Bush said nothing about his critics, but kept the focus on the victims. W is in the business of getting the relief organized and saving lives. He isn’t taking political shots, and I doubt he’s going to, no matter how great the provocation. He’s a good man and a great president, and his example should instruct his supporters to keep the focus on Americans in desperate need of help and hope.

With that in mind, please keep in mind this list of bloggers pumping good organizations. If you make a second contribution, tell NZ Bear about it to help keep the momentum moving.

Please read this column on a vision of how to organize the private sector to assist in the long term recovery of the ravaged region. Think about helping NZ Bear out with our technical needs (scroll down). Think about becoming a corporate sponsor of the effort. Contact me at hugh@hughhewitt.com if you are interested.

Here’s an example of an individual acting to get long term relief infrastructure in place. Here’s another. Here’s one blogger’s incredibly helpful effort to help motivate and recognize his industry’s outreach. Here’s the very big picture. Here’s a smaller look –one of the docs in the “ER in a truck” bound for the recovery zone is an old, old friend from Warren, Ohio. Here’s an appeal for help in reuniting separted loved ones. There is so much need, and so much to be done, that we should read and reread again the close of Lincoln’s First Inaugural:

I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

Lincoln’s 1861 appeal was fruitless, but Bush’s example should not be, at least among his supporters. Here’s the close of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural:

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

The temptation to start swinging back at the entertainers, the Jack Cafferty caucus, and the long list of politicians asking for rebuke has been too much to resist completely this week, but I think W’s course is the right one. The energy of a political battle is energy not going into rescue and relief support. It is perhaps, in Christian terms, the exact time to turn the other cheek.

Radioblogger will have up later the transcript of the last hour of today’s show, featuring a conversation on the moral and spiritual challenges of this disaster for those not a victim of it or a participant in the first responders. Dr. Albert Mohler, Dr. John Mark Reynolds, and Dr. Mark D. Roberts are all accomplished theologians, authors, teachers and pastors. Each has a personal story to tell of friends and/or family wounded by this havoc. I urge you to read their blogs and this conversation. The Christian response right now is not just to avoid returning rhetorical fire with political opponents, but even more so to find a way of praising the efforts of those with whom we are used to battling over politics. (Workbench’s Roger Cadenhead, for example, points to a fine effort by liberal bloggers to bring money to the effort. MoveOn.org’s “HurricaneHousing” effort is a superb bit of internet organizing to aid the suddenly homeless.) There are many center-left and lefty bloggers among the 1500+ bloggers in 24 countries participating in the blogburst. As Alex Haley had engraved on his tombstone: “Find ther good and praise it.”

This isn’t an appeal for us “to all get along.” That isn’t going to happen, and it wouldn’t be good for the country orr the world if it did. But a truce is a good thing right now, and as people come to absorb the scale of what has happened, I think that notion will spread.

I do not doubt that the full-throated attack on president will continue over the long weekend. But perhaps it will grow just a bit less hate-filled, and the recovery effort a bit more energetic, if the center-right just refuses to return fire on a Labor Day weekend which occurs just as a very long labor comes into focus.

List of Churches in the Recovery Area

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Two posts below there is a long list of churches in the recovery area that might appreciate the kindness of strangers and a few church partners. It was compiled by George E. in Arizona. Thanks George. Call and/or write if your congregation is moved to adopt such a congregation. These congregations are in the Biloxi and Moble areas, so it may be possible to get through. Please let me know of any partnerships that are forged.

UPDATE:

The Calvary Chapel network is organizing its relief.

Calvary Chapel of New Orleans is acepting donations via FedEx at this address:

Pastor Kevin Cox
Calvary Chapel New Orleans
5335 Halls Ferry Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70817

Calvay Chapel in Stone Mountain, GA, under the direction of Sandy Adams, 770-736-2828, is coordinating the safe entry of teams from across the country to place you were you are needed most (i.e. Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana.)

And here’s the latest from Calvary Chapel Gulf Coast.

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