Response Resources

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
-Jeremiah 29:11

Worship Resources in Times of Disaster

Print-Ready Worship Services by Bishop Rinehart: A Collection of Prayers, Psalms and Hymns to be used in times of disaster
Service of Remembrance, Thanksgiving, and Hope: Candlelight Service to be used in the aftermath of a hurricane (A service of bidding prayers, readings, lighting of candles, and hymns which can be easily adapted by a congregation without bulletins or electricity).
Prayers
From Chaos to Community - A guide to helping friends and neighbors recover and rebuilt after a major disaster

Volunteers

Volunteers who would like to partner with the recovery effort should be as self-sufficient as possible. Student groups should have at least one adult for every 6-8 youth who participate, preferably parents. Preparation before serving includes learning about the area you plan to enter, emotionally preparing to accompany people in crisis, praying for the community you will serve and securing necessary housing, equipment, and meal arrangements.

We enter into hurricane-impacted areas with humility, remembering that people’s lives will never be the same. For some the results of flooding and a faltering economy has moved their once stable lives into serious crisis. There is a particular need to help people without insurance and those with limited financial assets, the elderly, handicapped, or single mothers. We are grateful that you will partner with us as we practice our faith together.

There are many opportunities through the Gulf Coast area to volunteer. We have several sites that would in disaster response affiliated with our Lutheran churches. Feel free to contact a site directly for more information.

Volunteer Housing Sites

Bethlehem Lutheran Church in New Orleans, LA

35 air mattresses and cots, 6 showers

Camp Restore in New Orleans, LA (LCMS)

150 beds, RV hook-ups, 21 showers

Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Oceans Springs, MS

212 beds, 10 showers

Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Chalmette, LA

40 beds, 6 showers

Grace Lutheran Church in New Orleans

40 air mattresses, 4 showers

Peace Lutheran Church in Slidell, LA

80 beds (bunks and air mattresses), RV hook-ups, 12 showers