PCA Historical Center

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PCA Congregations and Ministries Affected by Hurricane Katrina

Click on the name of a listed church to jump to information for that congregation
Congregations in the hardest hit areas :
Areas further inland :

Coveanant Presbyterian Church
Laurel, MS

Please do notify us of other churches which we may have overlooked in our haste to post this information.
[This page has been compiled by PCA Historical Center Intern Otis W. Pickett and by Wayne Sparkman, director of the PCA Historical Center. Please direct all corrections and any new information to Mr. Sparkman at [email protected]]

9 May 2006 - PCA Church Affected By Hurricane Katrina in Need of a Truck :
Lagniappe Presbyterian Church in Bay St. Louis, Miss., is still in rebuilding mode from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The church is in need of a truck with crew-cab for the man serving as contractor and consultant for the many aspects of rebuilding projects, church and homes. The man, who is a vital part of the ministry, has been working at his own expense since January 2006. His personal truck broke down and this has made his task more difficult. The church is seeking the donation of a crew-cab truck or funds to purchase one. To read more about Lagniappe PCA and its needs for rebuilding, go to http://www.lagniappechurch.com/ (you can also get contact information here if you or your church desires to send a work team) To donate to the truck fund, send gifts to Lagniappe Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 4382, Bay St. Louis, MS 39521.

If your PCA pastor delivered a sermon in the wake of the hurricane, reflecting on why tragedies happen, or some similar theme, please let us know. The PCA Historical Center would be interested in obtaining copies of these sermons.

To make donations to PCA hurricane relief efforts :
Mail : send checks designated for hurricane relief to--
Mission to North America
1700 North Brown Road, Suite 101
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Online donations by credit card may be made at : http://www.pca-mna.org
[you have the option at that site of specifically supporting hurricane relief efforts, general disaster relief ministry, or other MNA works]

MNA Disaster Response
Ron (MNA Disaster Response Director) and Judy Haynes are coordinating on-site efforts and are currently based in Brandon, Mississippi (in the Jackson, MS area). Contact Ron and Judy Haynes at [email protected], or call them at 636-299-1424

A web page has also been set up for PCA Disaster Response, at http://www.pcarelief.org/
In a message from Jim Bland, MNA Coordinator, he states that "the web page http://pcarelief.org was up just a few days before we were so overwhelmed with offers of housing that we stopped taking new registrations. Please see further details under "Housing" below. Thank you for your great outpouring of concern and your offers to address the needs of people all across the area impacted by Hurricane Katrina. May we be a people of prayer especially during these challenging times.

Housing for Evacuees:
Offers of housing were so overwhelming that we are not accepting further registrations at this time. You may still register if you need housing. The deacons of Woodruff Road Presbyterian in Simpsonville, SC, have volunteered to coordinate the responses, matching those in need with homes offered. Many of those who are seeking housing have very complex needs.

For all information on MNA coordination of PCA Disaster Response, go to: www.pca-mna.org. Please review the web site frequently. We are posting updates at least daily. Please help spread the word.

Nashville Presbytery
Nashville Presbytery has announced a disaster relief plan to be implemented by its churches : (http://www.nashvillepca.org/news.html)

*Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX has set up a web page for hurricane relief and is also offering
Adopt-A-Family training
for those in the Dallas area who would like to help in that way.

Those who view these maps and information will note that the liklihood of being able to contact these churches, via the information given, is remote. Due to widespread powerloss, many of churchs are not able to be contacted by telephone or e-mail at this time. The maps are included to give the viewer the general vicinity of the churches location and are not entirely accurate (more thorough maps can be found at www.mapquest.com). The red star denotes the approximate location of the church.

Our hope is that this list will provide the names of people and places that we as a body of believers can keep in our thoughts and prayers. Our secondary hope is that in the coming months, as these chuches attempt to rebuild as well as serve those in it's community, this list may provide those who are interested with the appropriate information to donate one's time or financial gifts.

MNA to Oversee Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief --
PCA members will be able to provide assistance for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Mission to North America will oversee disaster relief through Ron and Judy Haynes, who will coordinate PCA volunteer efforts. Many types of skills and time commitments will be needed once the assessment of needs is completed. To register, fill out the online Volunteer Registration Form.

You can also e-mail Ron and Judy at [email protected]. Financial donations are also needed. It is anticipated that there will be needs for months to come for direct assistance to PCA families and for relief operations expenses. Donations can be sent by check to MNA designated for Hurricane Relief to 1700 N. Brown Rd., #101, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, or by credit card at http://www.pca-mna.org/. Donations of food, clothes, etc., for now, should be made to other organizations that are making appeals for immediate needs. Nashville Presbytery is coordinating disaster relief efforts (http://www.nashvillepca.org/news.html). Other PCA Presbyteries will likely soon follow their example.

For more general coverage of the catastrophe, the web site of WLBT in Jackson, MS offers some of the better coverage available, including videos of helicopter flyovers of damaged areas and a town by town assessment.

Satellite images of the damaged areas have been posted online by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Click here

Saturday, 3 September 2005--
9-03 - Pastor John Thomas Sheilds of the Collins, MS, Presbyterian Church reports that the church's property suffered only light damage from the hurricane, but that most members of the church have been without power and water for several days now. Outside communications are virtually nonexistent. There is also a shortage of fuel to run generators and the community's only full-service grocery store was destroyed. A few members' homes were severely damaged and almost all had at least some damage. We have had no report as yet from anyone at the McDonald Presbyterian Church, but must presume that their account would be similar.

The Churches of the OPC Presbytery of the Southwest are ready with many homes to receive families. Details to follow. The OPC also has a camp with cabins just northwest of Longview, TX (Camp Gilmont) with 80 beds available beginning this Wednesday, 7 September through 14 October. This range of dates may be extended. Cabins have bathrooms and can each comfortably house two families. Additional offers of housing one or two families are also becoming available. Please contact Phil at 903-238-6830 for more information.

Thursday, 8 September 2005 -- Latest updates provided through PCANews.com :
Short Video of Hurricane Damage in Gulfport
Watch a short video on Hurricane Katrina's damage in
Gulfport, Miss. (it even shows the alligator shot in First Presbyterian's fellowship hall). Go to www.onionringsstudios.com/Videos/Katrina.wmv 

 An Educational Option for Families Displaced by the Hurricane
The
Veritas School in Jackson, Miss., is offering an opportunity for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina to enroll their Junior/Senior High School children in the school.  Since many schools on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in parts of Louisiana will be closed for some time and since families will be seeking to make temporary or permanent moves into the Jackson area, the Veritas School would like to open our hearts and doors to those seeking a Christ centered education for their children grades 7-12. The Veritas School is a training ground in the Jackson community for a generation of young people that is equipping them with the tools for a lifetime of learning.  We are committed to serving our parents by teaching students to seek God's truth in all disciplines through the utilization of historically proven classical methods of instruction.  If you are interested in enrolling your children or know someone for whom the Veritas School would provide a temporary place for their children, contact headmaster Dan Guthery at 601-713-1555.  

New MNA Hurricane Relief Web Site
Mission
to North America has a new Hurricane Relief, Recovery and Resettlement web site up and running. Go to http://www.pcarelief.org to indicate availability to help with hurricane relief and recovery. You can also register here if you have housing available for hurricane evacuees (click on "Offer Help"), or if you are in need of temporary housing (click on "Request Help").  To reach the housing office, you can e-mail: [email protected], or call 864-517-9058. This clearinghouse will handle requests from around the PCA and coordinate houses with people in need.  

A Hymn in Response to Hurricane Katrina's Impact
Here is a hymn offered in response to Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing disasters in the Gulf Coast states, August 29, 2005. Written by Stephen D. Lawton, Director of Music and Worship at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C. (PCA). 

God of Nature, at Whose Voice 
God of nature, at whose voice the waves and winds must now obey,
Give your people words of comfort, acts of grace to share today.
Yours the pow’r of devastation, yours to gather, help and heal;
We know not your ways of wisdom; let your light our paths reveal. 

Shelter Lord, the homeless, helpless, young and old with pity see,
Give their daily food, supply their needs with perfect equity.
Grant protection, strength and patience to their rescuers, we pray;
Fill with hope the laboring workers, grace to serve both night and day. 

Bring your people ever closer, sharing pain of grief and loss,
Motivate us, loving Savior, with the love shown by your cross.
We, your Body, long to serve you, serving others in your name,
And when sorrow washes o’er us, Gracious Spirit, heal the pain. 

Call our nation to repentance; gather us that we may see
You’re the God of love and mercy; rescue us and set us free.
Let our deeds announce redemption, saving grace for all our days.
Let your song go forth to cheer us, lifting heart and hands to praise.

Amen.
 

Beach Spring, 87.87.D (Come All Christians Be Committed) 
© 2005 Stephen D Lawton, all rights reserved
Permission is hereby granted for credited use, unaltered, only in public worship. 
 

Friday, 2 September 2005-
General news information, provided by Dominic Aquila of PCANews late Friday--

Editor's note: As we prepare these reports, please realize that communication out of and into the hardest hit areas has been difficult. Sometime we have received conflicting reports about PCA ministers, members and churches. We make attempts to check reports before posting them; we will make corrections as quickly as possible in future updates.
 

MTW Minuteman Appeal for Hurricane Katrina Relief

Because of the magnitude of the disaster on the
Gulf Coast, Mission to the World is joining with Mission to North America in order to assist them in the overwhelming task ahead. MTW has issued a Minuteman appeal for funds, and both organizations are recruiting short-term teams. To read the appeal and contribute to this appeal, go to http://www.mtw.org/home/site/templates/mtw_splash.asp?_resolutionfile=templatespath|mtw_splash.asp&area_2=public/
Partners/Financial/Minutemen%20for%20Missions/minutmen
 

Housing Available for Displaced Hurricane Evacuees
A number of offers have to us offering housing for PCA hurricane evacuees. There are some members in the PCA attempting to set up a system to put available housing and evacuees together. Until a workable system is in place contact me at [email protected]. There are places in
Destin, Fla., Hampton, Va., and Shreveport, La. At this point this offer is for PCA members. 

Offer from Geneva College to Displaced Students
Geneva College will accept up to 10 students who are/were enrolled in a college or university that has suspended operations due to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Tuition, fees, room and board will be discounted by 50% for the Fall, 2005 semester. 
Further discounts will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  The College commits to working with these students who will have special needs resulting from the displacement. Students (or their representatives) should contact Dr. Ken Carson, Vice President of Academic Affairs, at 724/847-6605 or [email protected], no later than Wednesday, September 7,
to initiate the accelerated admissions process.  Our semester has begun and we do not want to admit students so late that they cannot catch up with their studies. Geneva College is a Christian liberal arts college located in Beaver Falls, Penn., 45 miles north of Pittsburgh.  More information about the school can be found at www.geneva.edu 

Hurricane Relief – Meeting Immediate Needs in
Louisiana
We are presently working with other churches in town to provide relief for refugees from Katrina.  If you want to help, we need pillows, towels, sheets, books, non-perishable foods, bottled water, clothes, diapers, toiletries.  You can ship these goods to our church. If you want to make a monetary contribution, make checks payable to "Acadiana Presbyterian Church" with the memo "Katrina".  Mail the check to Acadiana Presbyterian Church,
1515 W. University Ave., Lafayette, LA 70506. From Rev. Stan Pace, pastor of Acadiana Presbyterian Church, PCA, in Lafayette, La. 

MNA to Oversee Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief PCA members will be able to provide assistance for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Mission to North America will oversee disaster relief through Ron and Judy Haynes, who will coordinate PCA volunteer efforts. Many types of skills and time commitments will be needed once the assessment of needs is completed.  To register to volunteer, go to
http://www.pca-mna.org/disaster%20ministries/Volunteer%20Registration/MNAVolunteerRegistrationForm.htm
.  
You can also e-mail Ron and Judy at [email protected], or call them at 636-299-1424. 
Financial donations are also needed. It is anticipated that there will be needs for months to come for direct assistance to
PCA families and for relief operations expenses.  Donations can be sent by check to MNA designated for Hurricane Relief to
1700 N. Brown Rd., #101, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, or by credit card at http://www.pca-mna.org/.

[This page has been compiled by PCA Historical Center Intern Otis W. Pickett and by Wayne Sparkman, director of the PCA Historical Center]

Grace Presbyterian Church, Metairie, Lousiana
Grace Presbyterian Church
1317 Butternut Avenue
Metairie, LA 70001
Phone : 504-454-8905   
Email : [email protected]
Pastor : Richard H. Davies
Congregation organized in 1977
Part of Southeast Louisiana Presbytery
Presbytery Stated Clerk : Ed Hackenburg
Email : [email protected]


Desire Street Fellowship Mission and Desire Street Academy
Desire Street Fellowship Mission
Meeting : 3600 Desire Parkway
PO Box 26966
New Orleans, LA 71201-5257
Phone : 504-945-5548
Fax : 504-894-1252
Pastor : Morgan C. Leverett
Part of Southeast Louisiana Presbytery
Presbytery Stated Clerk : Ed Hackenburg
Email : [email protected]
News updates :
1. Mo Leverett, pastor of the Desire Street Fellowship in New Orleans has evacuated safely with his family and has set up a temporary office in Atlanta. He and his family have lost everything—their home, the ministry facility, and all of their worldly positions. The staff is scattered and in need of financial relief.  The administration is reorganizing and is planning on partnering up with other relief organizations to respond to the needs of New Orleans as well as looking for an alternate location for Desire Street Academy. For more information, the Desire Street web site is back online, with news on their situation at http://www.desirestreet.org/hurricane.php#story1
2. The staff of Desire Street ministries were relocated to First PCA Jackson's Twin Lakes camp, south of Jackson.

 

Redeemer Presbyterian Mission, New Orleans, LA
Redeemer Presbyterian Mission
Meeting : 6200 St. Charles Avenue
Christ Church Building
PO Box 750538
New Orleans, LA 70175
Phone : 504-894-1204
Email : [email protected]
Fax : 504-894-1252
Pastor : Ray Cannata
Part of Southeast Louisiana Presbytery
Presbytery Stated Clerk : Ed Hackenburg
Email : [email protected]

News update for Redeemer :
01/01/06 - Redeemer's new writes that "We need outside support now more than ever, as the church was shut down for 5 months due to Katrina and lost half its membership to relocations.  We welcome short-term mission trip to help us rebuild the city." [Note: Pastor Cannata deserves our prayers AND respect, for accepting the call to pastor this church post-Katrina. He seems to be a man who thrives on challenge!]
9-01 -
Jeffrey Lancaster, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, reports that he and his family have lost everything they own. He states: "Pray for us, these are very bizarre times. Our lives have wildly changed, but our God has not - I'm thankful for our Rock."

 

First Korean Presbyterian Mission
First Korean Presbyterian Mission
Meeting : 1340 Beach Boulevard
12427 Airport Road
Biloxi, MS 39532
Phone 228-432-8573
Fax : 952-566-6678
Pastor : Won Joo Kim
Congregation organized in 1993
Part of Korean Southeastern Presbytery
Presbytery Stated Clerk : TE Eugene Shin
Email : [email protected]

 

First Presbyterian Church, Biloxi, MS
First Presbyterian Church
1340 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, MS 39530
Phone : 228-374-6880
Email : [email protected]
Pastor : John L. Ford AstP
Congregation organized in 1891
Part of Grace Presbytery
Presbytery Stated Clerk: TE Eugene C. Case
Email : [email protected]
First/Biloxi news update :
9-08 - Pastor Skinner continues to update his blog with new pictures and information on the relief effort underway in Biloxi. See http://simuljustusetpeccator.blogspot.com/ for more information.
9-01 - Pastor David Skinner says that the church building, though located right on the beach in Biloxi, received relatively minimal damage, with perhaps 3 foot of water in the Sanctuary area at the heighth of the storm surge. "But the Bible and the hymnal remain on the pulpit" where he left them on Sunday. The rest of the building received little damage, while the Episcopalian church building down the street is gone. Pastor Skinner has some pictures online : http://simuljustusetpeccator.blogspot.com/.

 

First Presbyterian Church, Gulfport, MS

First Presbyterian Church
1214 24th Avenue
Gulfport, MS 39501-2059
Phone : 228-863-2664
Fax : 228-214-0251
Email : [email protected]
Pastor : Guy Richard [was to have been installed this Sunday, 4 September 2005.]
Congregation organized in 1899
Part of Grace Presbytery
Presbytery Stated Clerk: TE Eugene C. Case
Email : [email protected]


[Initial reports are that the church building was destroyed appear to be in error. Click the map above to view a street-level map and compare with the satellite image, viewed here.
First PCA/Gulfport news updates :
1. 9-06 - PCA pastor Rick Phillips (FPC Coral Springs/Margate) states "I have been keeping close contact with Pastor Guy Richard of First Presbyterian Church of Gulfport, MS. He has told me that things are worse than we have heard. People are dazed. Either today or tomorrow he was to minister to the police and fire departments, who are tramautized by the great number of corpses they have handled and by the devastation. Remember -- this is Guy's 2nd day as a pastor. Day 1 began yesterday with a funeral. Guy and his elders and deacons are mainly devoting themselves to accounting for people and assessing needs.
We (FPC Coral Springs/Margate) are grateful to the Lord for our opportunity to minister to these brothers and sisters in need. Thursday morning one of our members, Bob Demick, will pilot a plane with two tons of food, clothing, hygeine products, and Bibles. We all look forward to this face-to-face contact and for the ability to hand deliver much needed materials. Please pray for Guy and his church, and for Bob and those who will fly with him."
2. A fund has been set up to assist Pastor Guy Richard, who was to have been installed as the new pastor of First Presbyterian this Sunday, 4 September, 2005. For information on donating to this support fund, please call 954/752-3030. Obviously the congregation cannot now support their pastor, and your help will allow Pastor Richard to remain in the area to minister to the people of Gulfport.
3. We have received a reliable report  that the National Guard shot and killed a 6-foot alligator in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church, Gulfport, Miss. The interior of the fellowship hall was gutted by the tidal surge and all that is standing are the exterior walls. We hope someone took a picture.

 

Moss Point Presbyterian Church, Moss Point, MS
Moss Point Presbyterian Church
Meets at 3707 Dantzler Street
Mail : P.O. Box 8744
Moss Point, MS 39562-8744
228-475-2146
Fax : 228-475-2186
Email : [email protected]
Pastor : Randy Kimbrough
Congregation organized in 1874
Part of Grace Presbytery
Presbytery Stated Clerk: TE Eugene C. Case
Email : [email protected]
News update for Moss Point :
9-02 - TE Randy Kimbrough reports that he and wife are safe & in good shape after riding out the storm in Moss Point. The Church building and manse which are situated on high ground sustained only minimal roof damage. However, at least five church families did lose their homes.

 

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Slidell, LA
Trinity Presbyterian Church
710 South Military Road
Slidell, LA 70461
Phone : 985-643-7572
Email : [email protected]
Pastor : Keith Garehan
Congregation organized in 1974
Part of Southeast Louisiana Presbytery
Presbytery Stated Clerk : Ed Hackenburg
Email : [email protected]
 

 

Three Rivers Presbyterian Church, Mandeville, LA
Three Rivers Presbyterian Church
625 Lotus Drive North
Mandeville, LA 70471
Phone : 985-624-3303
Email : [email protected]
Pastor :
Congregation organized in 1998
Part of Southeast Louisiana Presbytery
Presbytery Stated Clerk : Ed Hackenburg
Email : [email protected]
 

 

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Laurel, MS
Covenant Presbyterian Church
1317 Parker Drive
Laurel, MS 39440-1939
601-649-3683
Email : [email protected]
Pastor : Steven Shuman
 
News update for Covenant PCA in Laurel :
9-01 -
The church building is still standing, suffering only minor damage to the outside, and while without electricity, plans to hold services this Sunday (9-04-05) at 10:30 a.m. Travel has been extremely difficult due to the impassibility of roads and lack of fuel. Pastor Shuman reports that "the greatest need our community faces is water, ice and food (MRE's would be helpful) and fuel."
9-02 - Report from TE Steve Shuman, Pastor of Covenant PCA, Laurel, Miss.
The Covenant PCA building in Laurel, Miss. (located between Hattiesburg and Meridian) has weathered the storm with minimal damage but the community is devastated. God was gracious to our building and to my family.  Our home suffered little if any damage but neighbors have trees not just on roofs but in homes. Even though we are far from the coast, our needs are similar to those on the coast.  As of Sept. 1, the community did not have electricity, no phone service whatsoever, and  little if any fuel. The greatest need at the moment, besides the prayers of God's people, is for water, ice, food and fuel. As we traveled here today, one of the best sights I have ever seen were heading south on
I-59 – truck after truck from other power companies from around the nation, heading to the stricken area.

 

Hattiesburg, MS
Bay Street Presbyterian Church
204 Short Bay Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
601-582-1584
Fax : 601-582-7502
 
First Presbyterian Church
4901 Hardy Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
601-268-0303
Fax : 601-268-0778
Pastor : Andrew H. Silman
Email : [email protected]
 

Woodland Presbyterian Church
3903 Lincoln Road
Hattiesburg, MS 39402-3025
601-264-2538
Fax : 601-264-0220
Email : [email protected]
Pastor : Dale Ralph Davis

 

News update :
9-07 - From TE Andy Silman ([email protected]), pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, MS Hattiesburg was hard hit by Katrina. Majestic pines and oaks were felled. Ninety percent of the homes near the University of Southern Mississippi received some damage. A good number of houses are virtually beyond repair. Thankfully, we have had no flooding as has the Mississippi Gulf Coast. As of September 7 many in the area remain without power. Clearing of yards continues. For the most part spirits are high. No lives lost and no one injured as a result of the storm (as far as I now know). Church structures are sound with minimal damage. The MNA Disaster Relief Team arrives at First Presbyterian Church sometime today [9/7] and volunteers will descend upon us by the end of the week. Offers of help have come from all over the PCA family. Many thanks. Please contact First Presbyterian Church (601-268-0303) to inquire as to how best to help in the days to come. Thanks for your prayers and help and financial contributions. You may send donations designated for hurricane relief to First Presbyterian Church, 4901 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39402;.or through Mission to North America, 1700 N. Brown Rd., # 101, Lawrenceville, GA 30043;  or by credit card at http://www.pca-mna.org/.

 

Collins, MS
Collins Presbyterian Church
Mail : P.O. Box 463
Collins, MS 39428
Meets at South 2nd Street
601-765-4977
Pastor : John Thomas Shields
Part of Grace Presbytery
Presbytery Stated Clerk: TE Eugene C. Case
Email : [email protected]
 
McDonald Presbyterian Church
295 East Williamsburg Road
Collins, MS 39428
601-765-6437
Pastor : George G. Felton, Sr.
Part of Grace Presbytery
Presbytery Stated Clerk: TE Eugene C. Case
Email : [email protected]
 
News update:
9-03 - Pastor Sheilds reports that the Collins, MS, Presbyterian Church suffered light damage from the hurricane, but that most members of the church have been without power and water for several days now. Outside communications are virtually nonexistent. There is also a shortage of fuel to run generators and the community's only full-service grocery store was destroyed. A few members' homes were severely damaged and almost all had at least some damage. We have had no report as yet from anyone at the McDonald Presbyterian Church, but must presume that their account would be similar.

 

Brandon Presbyterian Church, Brandon, MS
Brandon Presbyterian Church
209 South College Street
Brandon, MS 39042-3620
601-825-5259
Email : [email protected]
Pastor : Timothy Muse
 
News update:
We received a report that Brandon Presbyterian lost its steeple in the storm.

 

Jackson, MS
First Presbyterian Church
[see the 1st PCA blog at http://fpcj.blogspot.com/]
Grace Presbyterian Church
North Park Presbyterian Church
St. Paul Presbyterian Church
Trinity Presbyterian Church
 
News updates :
1.
We have no real information on the No word yet on other Jackson area churches as yet.  First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS is intact, but with some leakage.
2. "RTS Jackson
is closed until Tuesday. There was significant damage at the campus. They were without water until late yesterday, and are still without power. There are many international students who have never experienced anything like this, and so are very afraid. There are also several wives are expecting, and so we are praying that they are fine. A large tree fell on the "White House," the original seminary building. It was unclear to me how much structural damage was sustained - the large tree hit the back of the house.

 

Faith Presbyterian Church, Brookhaven, MS
Faith Presbyterian Church
Mail : 400 Magee Drive
Brookhaven, MS 39601-2675
Meets at Magee Drive & Halbert Heights
601-833-0081
Fax : 601-835-1949
Pastor : Robert C. Oates
 
News updates :
9-02 - Pastor Rob Oates, Faith PCA in Brookhaven, MS, reports that "Most of the folks from our church, Faith Presbyterian Church, Brookhaven, Mississippi, came through the hurricane with little or no damage. About 12 families did have significant damage to their homes and one woman did lose her home. Our congregation is providing shelter and food for about 200 evacuees, many from the New Orleans area. The members of the church here, along with workers from the Red Cross, are putting in very long days caring for the evacuees. And with the situation as it is in New Orleans there is no end in sight. Thank the Lord that power was restored here at the church late Tuesday afternoon and power is being restored slowly through the rest of the city and county. But much of Mississippi is still without power and likely will be for weeks.

 

Tchula Presbyterian Church, Tchula, MS
Tchula Presbyterian Church
Mail : P.O. Box 937
Tchula, MS 39169
Meets at 109 East Main
662-235-5400
Pastor : Stated Supply, RE Fred Greco
 
News updates :
9-07 -
A quick update on the Tchula PCA church.  Power is back in Tchula, and the saints are praising God for His preservation in times of trouble.  The lack of gas is still being felt in the Yazoo/Tchula area, although praise God it is lessening in the Clinton/Jackson area.  Last Lord's Day I was unable to get gas to drive up and preach in Tchula; this week I am planning (Lord willing) on going up, seeing the people and getting a better assessment of damage.
 
We are also trying to do our part, helping churches in the small Mississippi towns that have been affected.  If anyone desires to be involved in that effort, or especially if a church desires to "adopt" another PCA church (many of which can be found on your web site) they could contact me (601.951.8389).

9-01 - Fred Greco reports that "Jackson and surrounding area were hit VERY hard for a hurricane. Actual hurricane winds (100+) came through the counties east and NORTH of Jackson. Power was out for more than 50% of residents of Mississippi as of yesterday. That includes the entire northern part of the state near Memphis; so I would expect it is something like 75-80% of Jackson and south. Here in Clinton, 19,000 of 24,000 were without power, and they started restoring some neighborhoods last night. Gas is running short, and we are hopeful that foodstuffs will be restocked, especially since most (like us) lost all perishable and frozen food when the power went out.

"In Tchula, MS (up in the Delta), where I serve, the people are without power, water and such. There is a real concern for the elderly, sick and infirm. "Edwards, MS was not hit as hard, and the power has just come back on.
"Mize (near Magee), MS was hit very hard. A friend of mine who pastors a (former) PCA church said that the damage is considerable. Estimates are that power will be out for 6-8 weeks. He said the roofs of the church and the manse are destroyed. Gas is in short supply. "A friend who pastors in Mobile said that it looks like a bomb went off in places. There is no electricity, water, ice or gas to speak of.

"There is much more I could say, but it is difficult right now - there is work to be done. I would ask that you pray:
Especially for the elderly, sick and invalids in the area. Already at least one death of a nursing home patient from heat has been reported. For those who are without water. Many of them are unable to even get to help. For those who are without electricity. It might sound like a convenience, but with 95+ degree heat, there is a real danger. It is also causing difficulty with food, since much of it spoils. For the churches in the area, that we would make wise and godly decisions about our members, our services and the like."

 

Ellisville Presbyterian Church, Ellisville, MS
Ellisville Presbyterian Church
201 East Ivy Street
Ellisville, MS 39437
601-477-3086
Pastor : Allen Smith
 
News updates :
Mon., 9-05 - Report from TE Allen Smith, Pastor of Ellisville Presbyterian Church (Grace Presbytery), just south of Laurel and north of Hattiesburg:
God has spared the members and building of Ellisville Presbyterian Church. This is amazing considering that a very tall oak tree fell towards the church stopping just inches from the sanctuary. It appears that the I-Wall of Katrina came through Ellisville. The 1892 old structure withheld wind gusts up to 110 mph. The steeple and roof only received minor damage. Of my parishioners, only a few had considerable damage to their homes. The Lord’s mercy in the midst of a monster storm!
Grace and peace to all the brethren in our Lord Jesus Christ,
TE Allen Smith
Pastor of Ellisville Presbyterian Church
9-03 - From a report by Scott Reiber: "On a more personal note:  My wife was very concerned about her family living south of Ellisville between Laurel and Hattiesburg.  Since all roads south of I-20 were reportedly closed for emergency vehicles including HWY 49, we followed highways not officially closed: 27, 28, 29, on Wednesday.   All cell service is gone by south of Vicksburg before reaching Utica.  A slight bit of cell service is to be had around Crystal Springs.  After that only a satellite phone is of any use.  The Strong River bottom required winding through trees, downed power lines and poles, but was clear for the return trip late that afternoon.  Magee, Mississippi appeared to have one gas station with gas and power with long lines in both directions approaching the station.  Mize and Taylorsville appeared to be completely without power.  Ellisville itself looks like an WWII South Pacific theater island.  Trees, power lines, and poles are down all over town.  The Ellisville Presbyterian Church has lost siding from the steeple, sustained some (what appears by driving by to be minor) roof damage due to falling trees and flying debris.  Roads in Ellisville were being cleared with large earth moving equipment to move large oaks.  South of Ellisville required driving under low power poles and lines.  My wife's folks, brother-wife (pregnant) and two girls, and aunt/uncle were without water, power, or phone service.  They all returned to Vicksburg with us..."

 

Heidelberg Presbyterian Church, Heidelberg, MS
Heidelberg Presbyterian Church
Mail : P.O. Box 214
Heidelberg, MS 39439
Meets at 112 South Pine Street at Tulip
601-787-3283
Pastor : Ray Bobo
Email : [email protected]
 
News updates :
9-07 - Heidelberg PCA in Heidelberg, Miss. (just north of Laurel), like Ellisville and Laurel, was very near the eye wall of the hurricane as it tracked north from the coast. Winds were 50-80 mph. This area of south Mississippi is known as "the pine belt". Many of the pines are now kindling wood; one person said it looked like a child dumped out a can of pick-up sticks. The church is a registered Red Cross shelter and was open during two previous storms. This time, however, the demand exceeded capacity and the shelter was moved to the Jasper County Multipurpose Building in Heidelberg. Just about every structure had some damage, but only one home completely destroyed possibly by an embedded tornado. No loss of life or serious injuries, thank the Lord! The session conducted a community prayer service last Sunday [9/4/05] from 10:30 - 12:00.

Last-minute entry, late Saturday, 3 September 2005 --
Dear Brethren,
     Westminster Presbyterian Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi, is without damage, however a home which the church owns has trees on it and will have to be assessed.  Westminster is currently without power and the city of Vicksburg is under a 'boil water' directive.  Power to essential services is gradually returning with many of those in our congregation currently remaining without power and telephone service.  Many of our older members have relocated to family/friends who do have electrical power.  To my knowledge thus far only two families had minor tree falling damage to their homes.  A number had to cut their way out their driveways with chainsaws in order to exist their driveways. 
     You can tell which gas stations have gasoline because of the long lines!  The same goes for fast food restaurants!  Stores which had electricity for cash registers opened first on a cash and check only basis.  The local Walmart would sell no perishable products (meat, eggs, milk, cheese, anything refrigerated) no doubt in accord with health department standards due to power outages.
     On a more personal note:  My wife was very concerned about her family living south of Ellisville between Laurel and Hattiesburg.  Since all roads south of I-20 were reportedly closed for emergency vehicles including HWY 49, we followed highways not officially closed: 27, 28, 29, on Wednesday.   All cell service is gone by south of Vicksburg before reaching Utica.  A slight bit of cell service is to be had around Crystal Springs.  After that only a satellite phone is of any use.  The Strong River bottom required winding through trees, downed power lines and poles, but was clear for the return trip late that afternoon.  Magee, Mississippi appeared to have one gas station with gas and power with long lines in both directions approaching the station.  Mize and Taylorsville appeared to be completely without power.  Ellisville itself looks like an WWII South Pacific theater island.  Trees, power lines, and poles are down all over town.  The Ellisville Presbyterian Church has lost siding from the steeple, sustained some (what appears by driving by to be minor) roof damage due to falling trees and flying debris.  Roads in Ellisville were being cleared with large earth moving equipment to move large oaks.  South of Ellisville required driving under low power poles and lines.  My wife's folks, brother-wife (pregnant) and two girls, and aunt/uncle were without water, power, or phone service.  They all returned to Vicksburg with us and we found a nursing home here in town in which we enabled the aunt and uncle to enter.  This same nursing home received 20 to 30 emergency residents from a nursing home which was damaged in Pascagoula.  Was given a great opportunity to minister the word of God to this group and their families.  That same evening we found that the family of my wife's brother's wife (her two sisters-families, mother) were totally unprepared without food, water, power, etc. and so we found them a house for temporary usage here in Vicksburg and they have arrived this evening.
     Since cable has been restored--to see the pictures of swept clean slabs from the coast makes us feel tremendously blessed even for those who are yet without power.  Today I visited one of our elders in the south part of the county (walking in past the recently fallen power pole!).  He is well prepared for this emergency (country boys not only will survive, but are not waiting for someone else to rescue them) and was offered good Southern hospitality--a glass if iced tea.  I don't think I will ever look at a glass of iced tea the same way again.  Thank the Lord that lives have been spared.

In the service of Christ the King,

Scott Reiber  


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