Support for Hurricane Ida Disaster Efforts

Your support of the United Church of Christ’s USA Emergency Fund keeps up poised to help those left in need after hurricane devastation. We are grateful for your previous gifts that have assisted thousands of individuals and communities in recovering and rebuilding from tremendous loss. We ask that you extend your generosity to those in the southern US affected by Hurricane Ida.

United Church of Christ clergy, congregants, and disaster teams are waiting to learn more about the destruction left behind by Hurricane Ida. The Category 4 storm barreled into the Louisiana Gulf Coast on Sunday, Aug. 29, swamping New Orleans and taking down the power grid.

It also brought torrential rains, high winds, and floodwaters to parts of Alabama and Mississippi. The storm arrived 16 years after Hurricane Katrina slammed that same area, leaving 1,800 people dead.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Lesli Remaly, minister for disaster response and recovery with the UCC’s Global H.O.P.E. team. “Raising money for a storm this size certainly makes good sense, as we know long-term recovery and rebuilding will be necessary,” Remaly said.

Four deaths have been confirmed. Reports of injuries and deaths are expected to climb as communication returns.

The president of the power company Entergy said more than 2,000 miles of transmission lines are out of service across Louisiana. More than 1 million customers in Louisiana and Mississippi, including all of New Orleans, were left in the dark. And it may be weeks, in some spots, before the power comes back.

The flood threat in Ida’s aftermath stretches from the Gulf into the northeast. Some 71 million people were under a flash flood watch or warning as of Tuesday morning. Torrential rains are expected as the storm moves north.

How to help

The UCC has launched a Severe Storms 2021 appeal to receive donations for Hurricane Ida relief. Please visit here to make your gift. You may also text SevereStorm2021 to 41444 to make a donation.

Thank you for your gift.

Adult Bible Study

Greetings!

I think it’s time we talk about “Love” now don’t you? Isn’t that what we need more of considering everything going on in the world? I know I do. Therefore, for a few weeks I would like to read the love letters of John with you to talk about God’s love for us and our love for each other. We will start January 2nd and then every Saturday for the next 3 weeks will be reading and studying John’s beautiful letter. If you would like to sign up please email me at Jcalloway@sandiego.edu.

Warm regards,

Jamall A. Calloway, Ph.D.

Christmas Announcements

Join us for Christmas Worship Services On-Line!

  • Sunday, December 20 at 9:30 a.m. Join liturgist Laurie Orange, Pastor Liz, Lionel Jasmin and David Hand and guest preacher, Rev. Heather Miner as they help us to celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent! You can watch it either here, or on YouTube or on our Facebook page.
  • Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols will be presented on-line, December  24th at 7 p.m. Join liturgists Eygiel Limbo, Mike Bishop, Lionel Jasmin and Pastor Liz as they lead us in a special service that will depict the Christmas Story through scripture and music! Holy Communion will be shared and a short reflection will be given by Pastor Liz.
  • Then on Sunday, December 27th please join us for the First Sunday after Christmas (and the last Sunday of 2020) at 9:30 a.m. for more Christmas carols and a homily based on the visit of the Magi!