Monday, September 08, 2008

After the Storm...

Hurricane Gustav hit Baton Rouge on Monday, September 1 with the strongest winds ever recorded in this part of Louisiana. Electricity went out in much of the city by noon or early afternoon.

We were encouraged to find that electricity had been restored at the church when we gathered on Sunday morning, September 7. During coffee hour after Typika, everyone shared stories of losing electricity and phone service and damage from falling trees and debris. Several families had electricity restored late in the week, others anticipate days or weeks of waiting while Entergy and Demco (and a host of out-of-state workers) untangle fallen lines and rebuild the damaged grid.

Given the breakdown in communication, we've had difficulty making contact with some members of the congregation. If you are able to see this post, and have access to phone or email, please call 241-2926 or email to let us know your status and any immediate needs. Remember that phone service is still somewhat unreliable, with many calls going directly to voice mail.

With another hurricane preparing to enter the Gulf of Mexico, our prayers continue - especially for those lacking shelter and basic necessities.

Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!