Dear Saint Thomas’ Community and Friends,
The past few days have been some of the most devastating many of us have ever seen. People have been displaced; homes, valuables, and businesses have been lost; and we have been reminded of how fragile we really are. We have also seen great heroism, tireless service, and noble sacrifice. We owe immense thanks to the first responders and citizens of this city who have helped their neighbors. Many of you are among these people.
Some of the church and school leadership and I were able to visit the church and school for the first time today. Approximately 70% of the campus has been affected, including the church and the gym. At present, we are working through flood protocols and creating a plan for going forward.
Our planning is going well and we should be able to share that plan with you soon. We will also communicate plans for campus cleanup when those plans are made. I know you are eager to help and I am immensely grateful to you for that.
In the meantime, many of you have asked how you can support our relief efforts and in response we have established the page ste.church/flood to accept donations. If you are in need of assistance of any kind, please let us know by filling out this form. It is a tool that helps us create a list of those in need and connect them with resources.
Transcendent over the devastation of the past few days is Almighty God and He is decidedly FOR us. As powerful as that storm was, we have access to One who is infinitely more powerful, through Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is He to whom I appeal and pray with you and for you. Please also pray for me and the leadership of Saint Thomas’ as we move forward. By the grace of God, we will restore our church and school. We will also minister to those who are hurting in our community. That begins now.
In His Grace,
(The Rev’d) David O. Browder