posted on Mar 06, 2006 - 02:25 PM
I just wanted to alert everyone to a new video that has been posted in the blogs, one that I encourage everyone to view: Hurricane Katrina's Effects on St. Mark's COC, New Orleans
In late August 2005, Hurricane Katrina inflicted widespread damage on the city of New Orleans. Among the devastation was St. Mark's COC, New Orleans. We thank the Lord that all of the congregation was safe after the hurricane. Many members of the congregation lost their homes and their jobs. In addition, they lost their newly-renovated church, which for most of us, would be like losing a second home.
I thought about this issue a lot as I viewed the video - how would it feel if I lost my church? How would it feel to go through Lent with no liturgy books or Pascha books? How would I teach Sunday school without the supplies, books and curricula that I depend on?
And then I realize how weak I am compared to the members of St. Mark's congregation, for they never complain. They are not even asking for our financial donations so much as our prayers.
Even so, the church needs to be rebuilt and its furnishings and supplies replaced. Many of the things needed by the church are things our churches have in abundance and can share. Please take 15 minutes to view the video and share it with others. While the video is a large file, it has been optimized and formatted into a smaller file for easier viewing.
You may view the video here: Hurricane Katrina's Effects on St. Mark's COC, New Orleans
Please keep this church and its congregation in your prayers.
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"And they continued steadfastly in the fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers... So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God." (Acts 2:42, 46)