Wednesday evening June 19th storms across NT-NL Synod, ELCA territory took a toll on at least two of our congregations. In Meridian the facility of the recently closed congregation of Faith suffered damage to its steeple (no pictures available). The synod now has ownership of that facility and will discern next steps.
Redeemer, Greenville suffered greater damage as the roof of the fellowship hall was taken by straight line winds (see photos). My associate the Rev. Kris Totzke and I have spoken with Pastor Debra Leone and offered support. She reports gratitude that there was no one in the building at the time as the community VBS program was being held at the Presbyterian Church. A photo of that time is included from my colleague General Presbyter Jan DeVries of the Grace Presbytery (PCUSA). Pastor Leone reports this has already been a good opportunity for ecumenical connections including the Methodist congregation that is stepping up to help with their food ministry.
Will post more updates and needs as we know. Please pray for the community in Greenville. We will support them in their work and discernment and next steps. I will be with them on Sunday June 23rd to meet with their leaders and survey the damage. #InMissionTogether #NTNL #RedeemerGreenville #FaithMeridian