Dear St. Anne’s members:
As you know, tornadoes tore through south Georgia on Saturday and Sunday, affecting many in Albany, Adel, and beyond. This event came on the heels of severe damage already wrought by previous storms only two weeks ago. Damage is widespread and includes the Episcopal Church of St. John & St. Mark, as well as the homes of three clergy families and many others.
Today I have been in touch with several Episcopal clergy colleagues in the Albany area, as well as Bishop Benhase. I have offered our prayers and support, and they are grateful for your concern.
All have been adamant that now is not the time for food drives, supply runs, or volunteer cleanup efforts. Search and rescue is still underway, and for the safety of all involved, trained emergency responders must be entrusted with immediate efforts. Once the area has been stabilized, there will be plenty of opportunity to lend a helping hand over the coming weeks and months.
Meanwhile, immediate financial assistance is helfpul, as it allows residents to procure what they need when they need it. Our method for providing such assistance is the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund. Bishop Benhase assures me that any funds received will be issued immediately to the support of parishes and individuals in need. Please contribute today via one of these means:
- Online: http://bit.ly/OnlineGivingtoBishopsFund (select “Bishop’s Fund”)
- Text: text EDOG to 73256
- Checks: designate “Bishop’s Fund” and mail to 611 E. Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401-1296
A community service will be held this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 212 N. Jefferson Street, to pray and raise funds for the Church of St. John & St. Mark and members of the community affected by the storm. It will be a Holy Eucharist with a Healing Service. Available members from St. Anne’s are encouraged to attend.
Further opportunities to help will be published as they are made known. For now, please continue to keep our brothers and sisters in your daily prayers.
Grace and peace,
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy