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HURRICANES HARVEY & IRMA

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. — Song of Solomon 8:7

Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast late Friday, August 25, bringing lashing rain and sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Even as its force has waned, Harvey has brought historic flooding, forcing rivers and streams from their banks, submerging homes, churches, businesses, and roads, stranding thousands of people.

On Wednesday September 6, the Category 5 Irma, packing winds of 185 mph, tore through the northern Lesser Antilles and Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is providing relief to victims of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma. You may contribute by making checks payable to Ladue Chapel and writing “PDA Harvey” or “PDA Irma” on the memo line or make an online donation through Ladue Chapel.

The need is immense and we can help.

We serve through first hand mission work and through financial support to local and international agencies in the main areas of interest to the congregation: Children & Youth, Church Worldwide, Housing & Health, and Hunger. The commitment of the church is that 20% of annual budget contributions goes to mission. Half of that 20% is allocated by our local church and half to support our denomination’s mission work.

We provide various opportunities for the congregation to experience mission work first hand – Habitat for Humanity, Summer Interns working with local agencies each summer, Rebuilding Together-St Louis, working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – just to name a few.

Our mission intern program continues to be a life alerting experience for our youth.  Interns spend the summer at Mission Intern Retreat, and working at Cornerstone Center, Food Outreach, L.E.A.D. Promising Youth, Ladue Chapel’s Urban Plunge and Vacation Bible School.

Our Ladue Chapel Food Bank operations help to meet the needs of the hungry in the St. Louis area.  Our food bank operation, through the work of 25 volunteers from our congregation, collects and distributes approximately 200,000 pounds of produce, deli and bread annually.  Through our Communion Hunger offering, collected on the first Sunday of each month, we support the work of Isaiah 58, Chapel for the Exceptional, Hosea House and Harris House.  In addition, the annual Turkey Drive collects hundreds of turkeys and hams that are then distributed to the agencies over the holiday season.

We also support our denomination with special offerings: the Christmas Joy offering raises funds which support schools committed to underserved populations; the Board of Pensions provides support to retired and active church workers; One Great Hour of Sharing raises funds to support Presbyterian disaster relief, hunger programs and self-development programs.

We are excited and thankful to our congregation for their generous contribution of time and money.

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