In less that two years, our fellow Kentuckians in the eastern part of the state are again facing devastating flooding. Our Episcopal Diocese of Lexington encompasses this part of the state, with several congregations in cities and towns that have been flooded. As we continue to see and hear more about the damage to lives and property the flooding has caused, we all likely want to help. We, like many other groups and agencies, offer our help.
- Pray daily for our neighbors in this time of devastation, heartbreak, and trauma. St. Michael's is open for prayer during the week from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Monday through Friday if you'd like to come to the Church to pray. Holy One, you are our comfort and strength in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos. Surround us now with your grace and peace through storm or earthquake, fire or flood. By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen, sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild, and fill us with the hope of your new creation; through Jesus Christ, our rock and redeemer. Amen.
- Donate financially. Because we are part of Eastern Kentucky, our clergy and lay leaders are able quickly to identify both short and long-term financial needs that are often overlooked by larger organizations. ALL of your donation will be used for flood relief. To donate directly to the Diocese of Lexington's Flood Relief, click here. You may also donate through St. Michael's by check (designate Flood relief on the memo line) or online here.
- Donate needed supplies. We are working with The Rev. Bryant Kibler, Archdeacon of the Mountain Region (which includes Eastern Kentucky) to collect and transport supplies each week. A current list of supplies includes: bleach, cleaning products, mops, buckets, disinfectant, paper towels, new underwear (especially in larger sizes for adults and children) , and menstrual products. As we hear of more needed supplies, we will update this list. You can bring your donations to St. Michael's during regular hours or on Sundays. You can also go to the Diocesan Amazon List for items that will be sent directly to St. Timothy's, Barnes Mountain (near Irvin).
- Donate our physical presence. When the time comes, we will need people willing to travel to work in cleanup and rebuilding. We will share these opportunities as we move into that phase.
While we rejoice in our time together during worship and other activities, we know that spiritual life is not confined to our beautiful building. We also gather online, using social media to stay connected.
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