Hurricane Sandy Update: November 6, 2012

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

We give thanks to God to all whom this letter finds well, safe and secure following the destructive visit of Hurricane Sandy to the greater tri-state area.  As we now turn our efforts toward the massive recovery effort ahead of us, I want all to be aware of an important resource for sharing information.

The Presbytery of New York City’s page on Facebook has been a place where persons have posted important updates, needs and concerns regarding the storm and its aftermath.  Persons have also posted notices of tragic loss of life and heart-rending photos of damage suffered in our churches and communities on that page.  You do not need to be a Facebook subscriber to view the site, but postings are limited to subscribers only.  Don’t let that deter you, however; please share your news!

The staff and volunteer recovery teams of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, as well as neighboring presbyteries, are both monitoring the information listed on the site and are poised to offer needed support in our recovery efforts.  Please avail yourselves of this important information-sharing resource and feel free to post news of your congregations and communities as we turn the corner on this disaster.   Volunteer PDA teams will be in the NYC area later this week to join us in the recovery effort.

Finally, hear the words of the Pslamist, who experienced much the same as we have this week:

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
And God brought them out of their distress;
God made the storm be still,
And the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad because they had quiet,
And God brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the LORD for God’s steadfast love,
For God’s wonderful works to humankind.
Let them extol God in the congregation of the people,
And praise God in the assembly of the elders.

Psalm 107: 28-32

In Christ,

Tony De La Rosa
Interim Executive Presbyter