Church of the Brethren Newsline
December 8, 2017
from the Atlantic Northeast District newsletter
What a wonderful God we serve! In August, Church World Service (CWS) announced the need for more disaster relief clean-up buckets in the warehouse at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. This request was prompted by Hurricane Harvey’s devastation of Houston, Texas. Little did they know Irma, Jose, and Maria were on their way, as well as a devastating earthquake in Mexico.
Mountville (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, whose outreach is to supply buckets on a regular basis, has been an essential key to coordinating a large initiative to put together clean-up buckets in our district. Three congregations–Ephrata, Elizabethtown, and Mountville–agreed to be drop-off points for others in the district. Many smaller congregations delivered buckets to district conference to be included in the delivery. Ephrata Church of the Brethren reached out and volunteered to transport all the collected buckets to the Brethren Service Center for CWS on Oct. 10.
Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren and Annville Church of the Brethren along with the Ephrata congregations each put together 100 buckets for this delivery. At our district conference on Oct. 7, close to 100 more buckets were collected, along with hygiene kits, to be placed on the truck.
We are pleased that our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ have come together to assist Church World Service at this time.
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