Mississippi 2020 Floods:
Heavy rainfall following months of water levels at capacity is causing flooding in 19 counties in Mississippi. It is raining now and we are under active flood warnings with 1-3 more inches expected this week.
The Jackson Area:
Officials are not able to go in to do damage assessments until the Pearl River is at 33 feet. Damage assessments might be able to begin this weekend.
Hinds County has 500 homes with water in them
Rankin County has less than 75 homes with water in them.
There are 2000 structures across the state with water in them.
The American Red Cross is hosting 23 people in the shelter.
The Jackson Police Training facility is hosting 24 people in their facility.
People are encouraged to self report damage through www.msema.org
Christ UMC (6000 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211) is set up as the Disaster Recovery Center.
Ascension Lutheran Church (6481 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211) is set up to host mission teams.
Clay County has 130 homes damaged.
Lowndes County has 10 homes damaged & 15 roads closed due to flooding. Oktibbeha County is on standby for local lake dam breach.
Leake County has 23 homes damaged.
Grenada County has 10 homes damaged, as well as four people injured. South Mississippi/Delta:
Copiah County has 83 homes damaged.Washington County has 17 homes damaged
Yazoo has 30 homes damaged and 15 roads closed.
R3SM is our partner, leading the recovery and hosting mission teams. Mavis Creagh, Executive Director, 301 Buschman St. Hattiesburg, MS Chris Adams (UMCOR) coordinates volunteers firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to donate to the recovery from recent floods in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee, one good way to do so is through our ELCA Southeastern Synod. Please donate directly to the Synod by going to our Giving page (click here).
Under "Disaster Response", you will find several options but the first is "Southeastern Synod Disaster Response". On that line, indicate the amount you wish to donate and then in the box beside it add "Mississippi 2020 flood" or “Tennessee 2020 Flood”. Complete the information requested at the bottom of the page, then click "continue". On the next page, fill in credit card information and complete the transaction.
Rev. Dr. A. Stacey Parvin
Disaster Ministry Coordinator for Mississippi
ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14
For all youth in 6th through 12th grades
THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD IN A HYBRID FORMAT!!!
MORNING SESSION: on your own, in your household, or with your youth group (if you are gathering in-person, physically distanced, of course). Suggested start time is 10:00am EST / 9:00am CST.
AFTERNOON SESSION: we gather via ZOOM at 3:00-4:30pm EST / 2:00-3:30pm CST
CONCERT WITH RACHEL KURTZ: after our afternoon session, Rachel Kurtz will join in our ZOOM call to lead a concert!!!
So cool! So excited!
PLUS, we get to reveal the theme that SESLYO developed for our 2020-2021 youth events for the synod...Accept. Embrace. Spread Grace.
Cost? FREE, since this event is a hybrid event, with part in-person / part-online
Who Can Come? This gathering is for 6th-12th graders from congregations in the WHOLE SOUTHEASTERN SYNOD,
but especially for the Lutherans and friends of TENNESSEE. ALL are welcome.
This year, we are taking registrations on an INDIVIDUAL BASIS, NOT through a congregational registration.
To see information from prior years, scroll down...
ALL TENNESSEE 2019 - November 9-10
Check out the pictures from 2019 All TN HERE
All TN 2019 took place at Trinity LC, Tullahoma, TN
ALL TENNESSEE 2018
122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee. During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon. Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief. To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground. Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.