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Disaster Relief Letters for Volunteers

Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Offering

Special Offering for Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief

Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Offering

Dear Friends,

I greet you in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Many of you have watched as I have, the heartbreaking video and pictures of the effects of Hurricane Florence. While much the impact has been particularly devastating in North Carolina, we know that South Carolina has also been impacted.

While there have been some deaths reported, much of the damage is coming from the epic flooding taking place. Even as flood waters recede and people return back to their homes, we know they will be facing the daunting task of rebuilding and restoring their residences.

I’m of the firm belief that the church leads the way and sets the example in situations like this and while we have helped in the past, we should do our best to help again.

Now, we know of course that we are not able to meet every need that comes our way, and while we cannot do “everything”, I believe all of us can do “something”. While all may not “go”, I believe all can “give”.

1 John 3:17 says this; If anyone with earthly possessions sees his brother in need, but withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God abide in him?

Now, we know of course that we are not able to meet every need that comes our way, and while we cannot do “everything”, I believe all of us can do “something”. While all may not “go”, I believe all can “give”.

With this in mind, we will be receiving a special love offering on Sunday (DATE) in the morning service which will go to (NAME OF CHARITY). I realize many of you may have already given to a charity of your choice and that is wonderful, but this opportunity is being given to those who are unsure where to give. We are well acquainted with this Charity we will be giving to and feel very comfortable the money will be used in some way to be a blessing to those who have gone through so much tragedy and hurt.

Our greatest desire is to share the love of Jesus Christ with people, yet that often comes first through the sharing of some tangible gift which in turn helps the person to turn away from a feeling of hopelessness and begin to focus on the task ahead of rebuilding their lives. This can be, and I believe will be, a time for the church of Jesus Christ to shine His love into the darkness of the moment.

Without a doubt, Government and Municipalities can be a great help but as always, churches and ministry groups are leading the way and we want to do our part because every “little bit helps”!

Some of the Christian based Charities we highly recommend are the following:

Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org)
Christ in Action (www.christinaction.com)
Convoy of Hope (www.convoyofhope.org)

If however, you choose to give on Sunday here at (NAME OF CHURCH), please be sure to write your check out to the church. We will then make one check out from the church to send to the Charity we indicated in the early part of this letter.

Matthew 25:40 And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’

Most of all, please continue to pray for those impacted by this event and thank you so much for your generous prayers and giving.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor John Doe

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Dear Friends,

I greet you in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Many of you have watched as I have, the disaster that has unfolded in the State of Texas.  Words such as “epic” and “unprecedented” are being used to describe an event many of us have never even imagined we would see unfold in our lifetime.  Some have said that it is not just a 100-year flood, but that it’s in the 500-800 year range.

It has been heartbreaking to watch as families are escaping the flood waters (not all have escaped), with just a pair of shoes and a back pack to take with them to the nearest shelter where they will receive much-needed assistance at least temporarily.  Children look at their surroundings in bewilderment, but to be quite honest, adults are doing the same thing.  1 John 3:17 says this; If anyone with earthly possessions sees his brother in need, but withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God abide in him?

Now, we know of course that we are not able to meet every need that comes our way, and while we cannot do “everything”, I believe all of us can do “something”.  While all may not “go”, I believe all can “give”.

With this in mind, we will be receiving a special love offering on Sunday (DATE) in the morning service which will go to (NAME OF CHARITY).  I realize many of you may have already given to a charity of your choice and that is wonderful, but this opportunity is being given to those who are unsure where to give.  We are well acquainted with this Charity we will be giving to and feel very comfortable the money will be used in some way to be a blessing to those who have gone through so much tragedy and hurt.

Our greatest desire is to share the love of Jesus Christ with people, yet that often comes first through the sharing of some tangible gift which in turn helps the person to turn away from a feeling of hopelessness and begin to focus on the task ahead of rebuilding their lives.  This can be, and I believe will be, a time for the church of Jesus Christ to shine His love into the darkness of the moment.

Without a doubt, Government and Municipalities can be a great help but as always, churches and ministry groups are leading the way and we want to do our part because every “little bit helps”!

Some of the Christian based Charities we highly recommend are the following:

Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org)
Christ in Action (www.christinaction.com)
Convoy of Hope (www.convoyofhope.org)

If however, you choose to give on Sunday here at (NAME OF CHURCH), please be sure to write your check out to the church.  We will then make one check out from the church to send to the Charity we indicated in the early part of this letter.

Matthew 25:40 And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’

Most of all, please continue to pray for those impacted by this event and thank you so much for your generous prayers and giving.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor John Doe

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Invitation to Volunteer for Disaster Relief Team

Disaster Relief Letters for Volunteers

Greetings in Christ!

We as a church are praying for the recent disaster in (NAME OF PLACE), where property was greatly damaged, and even lives were lost.

While we believe prayers are vital to people getting through this with the help of God, we realize also that many people are hurting in ways that require our physical and material help.

There is an opportunity that will be available to go to the affected area and participate in the cleanup as well as to provide encouraging words and prayers directly with the people. While there is much work that will be done, we believe if someone just needs support through listening, we will be that support!

I appreciate this little story about the importance of human interaction in times of need:
Timmy was very afraid of the lightning and the thunder. His mom and dad went into his room during a thunderstorm and said, “Now, Timmy, don’t be afraid. God is right here in the room with you.”
He said, “Okay, Mommy and Daddy, I won’t be afraid.”
But then as the mommy and daddy went into their room and started to get ready for bed, the lightning clapped, and the thunder rolled, and Timmy screamed bloody murder. Timmy’s daddy and mommy went back into the room and said, “Honey, we thought we told you, you don’t need to be afraid. God is right here in the room with you.”
Timmy said, “Mommy and Daddy, I know God is right here in the room
with me, but I need someone with skin on.”

Many people we will minister to are praying in a similar way, so let’s be the ones with “skin on” to help meet the need.

A signup sheet will be available at the welcome center in the foyer, or if you would like to give us a call to sign up now, please don’t hesitate to contact the church for more details.

Gal. 6:2 – Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Blessings in Christ!
Pastor John Doe

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Letter to Church – Love Offering for Philippines Disaster Relief

As many of you know, the Philippines recently suffered with a tremendous disaster called Typhoon Haiyan in which many lives were lost, and massive destruction took place as the wind and rain wreaked havoc upon homes, businesses and property.

PHILIPPINES-DISASTER-RELIEF-640x360You have seen many of the pictures of the destruction like I have, and know the repairs and reconstruction will take place for years to come.

Our primary desire at this point is to reach those who are in need of the basics of life which includes food and water, as well as shelter from the elements.

With this in mind, we are going to be receiving a special love offering for the Philippines on (DATE), and the funds will be sent to (NAME OF CHARITY) for proper distribution.  We have used (NAME OF CHARITY) many times in the past for times like this, and trust they will use the funds as intended so that many lives will be touched.

I have found that when the need is personal that we respond in a much more compassionate way.  In other words, if we know members of our family are in need, we will do everything within our power to minister to them and alleviate their pain.

Jesus made sure we knew how to “personalize” these situations when he gave us the following verse of scripture: Matthew 25:37-40 (NIV) 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

When we realize our gifts of sacrifice and love are ultimately for the Lord it helps us to personalize our giving, especially when we have a personal relationship with Christ!

Of course, we can’t meet the entire need however, we are able to do “something” that will be a blessing to someone in need!

I encourage you to be in prayer concerning what your gift will be, then be prepared on (DATE) to give in this special love offering.

Blessings in Christ!

Pastor John Doe

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Storm Disaster (Sandy) – Appeal To Church To Help Community

Dear

As we are all painfully aware, our community has been devastated by a serious storm.  While we are thankful that the human toll was minimum, we must not forget the many members of our community who lost everything they own.  For this reason, I am asking those who can to make a special offering that will be used to help the victims of the this storm.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose everything: family photographs, wedding albums, the kid’s first drawings….it would be such a time of trial.  To suffer such a loss and to also have to deal with not having the most basic of necessities, such as food, shelter and clothing would be so difficult.

While some items certainly can’t be replaced, I’d like for First Christian Church to do what we can.  We often hear the phrase “do unto others” quoted, and this is a perfect situation to take that attitude to heart.

If it were your family, wouldn’t you want others to step up and lend a hand in helping you get back on your feet?  As the church, this is part of our obligation and a wonderful opportunity to show God’s love through our actions.

I look forward to the opportunity to bless the lives of those most affected by the storm, and I hope that you will do what you can  to bring blessings to those who have lost so much.

Thank you in advance for being prayerful about giving to this worthy cause.

In Christ,

Pastor John Doe

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Hurricane Sandy Donation Appeal – (Outside of Community)

Dear

As we are all painfully aware, many people have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  While we are thankful that the human toll was low, we must not forget the many people in these areas of our Country who lost everything they own, and for a family who lost a loved one, the toll was extremely high.  For this reason, I am asking those who can to make a special offering that will be used to help the victims of the hurricane.

Please note:  We will be sending the money given through this effort to Convoy of Hope, who will serve as the conduit of blessing from you to those who have been in the path of this storm.  (Use any Charity here you are comfortable with).

I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose everything: family photographs, wedding albums, the kid’s first drawings….it would be such a time of trial.  To suffer such a loss and to also have to deal with not having the most basic of necessities, such as food, shelter and clothing would be so difficult.  No doubt, you and I will probably never get to meet the people we bless through this time of giving, rest assured, we are serving a wonderful Lord who sees and knows our hearts as we reach out to be a blessing.

Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV) 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

While some items certainly can’t be replaced, I’d like for First Christian Church to do what we can.  We often hear the phrase “do unto others” quoted, and this is a perfect situation to take that attitude to heart.

If it were your family, wouldn’t you want others to step up and lend a hand in helping you get back on your feet?  As the church, this is part of our obligation and a wonderful opportunity to show God’s love through our actions.

I look forward to the opportunity to bless the lives of those most affected by the hurricane, and I hope that you will do what you can  to bring blessings to those who have lost so much.

Thank you in advance for being prayerful about giving to this worthy cause.

In Christ,

Pastor John Doe

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E-Mail Letter to Encourage Church People on 9-11

Dear

I wanted to take a moment to send this e-mail to encourage you to take a few moments on this day to remember and pray for those who became victims of the terrorist attack on our Nation on September 11th, 2001.

While that day seems so long ago, in a way, it seems like it was only yesterday as most people know exactly where they were, and what they were doing when they first heard the word of the attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

Yet, for those who were directly affected, such as family members, firefighters and emergency responders, this day is especially difficult as they deal with the loss of life, loss of health, and feel the overall sorrow associated with so many aspects of this day.

If you know anyone who may be dealing with these things, I want to ask you to pray for them and their families, then do whatever you can to encourage them, even if it’s simply being a “listening ear” for them.

We as a Nation should never forget this day, yet, we cannot live in bitterness, fear, and worry that something like this will happen again.  We must live our lives, especially as Christians with a sense and belief that God is in control, and ultimately will give justice where it is needed, and mercy where it is needed as well.  Yet, the most profound gift He gives is His grace which is still “amazing”.  He died on the cross so that you and I can experience freedom, and this is the message of grace.

This world cries out for peace, but for the child of God, we know that true peace will never be felt in totality until Jesus Christ rules and reigns.  Revelation 7:17 (KJV) 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

We know that even now, God is the giver of comfort, peace, and rest even in the midst of turmoil and heartache.  He truly gives a “peace which passes all understanding”.

So, I want to encourage you today to “pause, remember, and encourage” as we continue to move forward as a nation.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor John Doe

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Appeal to Congregation to Give for Hurricane Relief

Dear

Once again, we are confronted with the news of another disastrous situation in DISASTER LOCATION, and we, as a church will do our best to reach out with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.

“History knows no disasters,” said the Literary Digest (Sept. 1923), “which parallels the earthquake and fire that visited Japan this month and laid waste the capital city and the chief seaport.” The New York Times described the havoc as covering about 45,000 square miles which contained five big cities and a population of 7,000,000. A joint survey made by Herbert Hoover and the Red Cross estimated the dead at almost 300,000 with 2,500,000 people homeless. Food, clothing, medical supplies, and volunteer workers came by the shipload. The American Red Cross collected ten million dollars from people of the United States for the suffering and homeless Nipponese. Those who lived through the awful earth tremors, the gigantic waves, and the tongues of fire must perish, it seemed, from starvation or disease. But they didn’t. Why? Because America remembered—remembered their need, their suffering, and their hunger. –Sermon Central

Americans have always been there when disaster strikes our global neighbors, and of course, the church has always been at the front of the line in response to the need.

Hurricanes and other natural disasters create great suffering in the wake of destruction. Christians know that by extending charity and mercy to those who have been struck by disaster, they are modeling God’s love and protection. Psalm 91:1 reminds us, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

Giving generously to help those in need provides them with physical shelter, and modeling God’s love helps bring the unsaved into the spiritual shelter of the Most High.  It is also a wonderful way to practically show what the love of God looks like here on earth.

To that end, we will receive a special offering on Sunday, MONTH, DAY, to benefit hurricane relief for DISASTER SITE. Please search your heart and give what you can afford.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor John Doe

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Letter for Family in Church (lost everything)

Dear

When Thomas Edison was 67 years old, spontaneous combustion broke out in his film room. Everything was destroyed. The next morning, Edison looked at the ruins and said, “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.” Three weeks after the fire, Edison managed to deliver the first phonograph. -Sermon Illustrations

Fortunately, most of us will never have to live through a disaster that destroys everything we own.

However, the LOCAL FAMILY has suffered a great loss due to the fire that destroyed their home. We rejoice that they survived without injuries or death; nonetheless, their rejoicing is tempered by the somber realization that they must depend on their neighbors to help them rebuild, because they have lost everything.

Christ instructs us in Matthew 7:12, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

If any of us were standing in the shoes of LOCAL FAMILY, we would surely hope that our church family would step up to help us. Therefore, in obedience to the instruction of our Savior, we will collect clothing, food, and home furnishings to help care for our neighbors the LOCAL FAMILY. Please bring your items to the church to the attention of CHURCH SECRETARY.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor John Doe

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Appeals to Congregation to Give for Fire Disaster (Family in Community)

Dear

Greetings, in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

When Thomas Edison was 67 years old, spontaneous combustion broke out in his film room. Everything was destroyed. The next morning, Edison looked at the ruins and said, “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.”Three weeks after the fire, Edison managed to deliver the first phonograph.  -Sermon Illustrations

Fortunately, most of us will never have to live through a disaster that destroys everything we own.

However, the LOCAL FAMILY in our community has suffered a great loss due to the fire that destroyed their home. We rejoice that they survived without injuries or death; nonetheless, their rejoicing is tempered by the somber realization that they must depend on their neighbors to help them rebuild, because they have lost everything.

This is an opportunity for us to show the love of Christ in a real and tangible way.

Christ instructs us in Matthew 7:12, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” What an opportunity for us to witness to the rest of the community, by doing for our neighbors what would we have them do for us, if the shoe were on the other foot.

If any of us were standing in the shoes of LOCAL FAMILY, we would surely hope that our neighbors would step up to help us. Therefore, in obedience to the instruction of our Savior, we will collect clothing, food, and home furnishings to help care for our neighbors the LOCAL FAMILY. Please bring your items to the church to the attention of CHURCH SECRETARY.
Blessings in Christ,

Pastor John Doe

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