As the week progressed, flood response efforts began to coalesce and become clear at a County level. Additionally, Metanoia is in the midst of helping form a faith-based, grassroots effort for long-term flood response. Much progress has been made in clearing debris along Main Street and further up the hill in the west end area of Frederick Road.
Pastor Adam walked through the west end area of Frederick Road on Wednesday with two other ECP volunteers. They met with residents, listened to stories, and helped assess needs for immediate relief needs. The photo in this article is of a basement of a house in the west end that was completely washed out. The damage to the houses in west end is significant.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
~ Psalm 121:1–4
Sunday, 10:30AM – Special Worship Gathering and Prayer for Community
- Roger Carter Community Center (RCCC) is open! We are returning to our normal Worship Gathering meeting time of 10:30AM at RCCC this Sunday.
- Special Worship Gathering and Prayer for Community. This Sunday’s Worship Gathering will emphasize the hope and healing we find in Jesus Christ in the midst of suffering and tragedy. We are welcoming everyone in the area affected by the flood to this Sunday’s Worship Gathering. We’ll hug you, cry with you, pray with you, and bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus. (If you know of anyone affected by the flood, please invite them to come with you on Sunday.)
Long-Term Flood Response Giving & Planning
- Metanoia’s flood response team. Metanoia’s flood response team met yesterday (Wednesday, August 3) with members of Maryland’s VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to begin planning for long-term flood response. We are looking at months if not years of flood response in the greater Ellicott City area.
- Funding: the biggest and most strategic need. So many people have asked how they can help. The biggest need at the moment is raising funds for long-term flood response. There are several entities that are raising funds for immediate and short-term response, but they will be leaving the area and passing things off to local efforts within a few weeks. Please consider giving to long-term response efforts so that we can continue caring for those affected in the coming months or weeks (see “How to give” below). Please also consider asking friends and family that you know to give as well.
- How to give. You can give online immediately, by sending a check, or at the next Worship Gathering. Go here to give to our fund for long-term response: http://metanoiachurch.org/ec-flood-relief-donations/
How You Can Help
- Pray, pray, pray. Our God is big and He’s doing amazing things.
- Volunteering your time. Please sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/ecflood. If you are a Metanoia Partner, please sign up via that link and then contact Kimberly Feldman after you sign-up.
- Helping to coordinate, administrate, and communicate. If you are a Metanoia Partner and want to help with the administrative end of things, please contact Jesse Florida.
The Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network (MABN, also “BCMD”) published an article about Metanoia Church and Bethel Baptist Church’s efforts in the flood response. You can read it by CLICKING HERE.