Archives for May 2011

Making Christ Known: May/June 2011

Number 212. A publication of the Central States Synod. Published monthly by the Central States Synod, ELCA. Deadline for submission of materials is the 15th of the month for the subsequent issue. News may be directed to Dan Glamann at Permission is granted to ELCA congregations and members to reproduce any portion of this newsletter. Download.

Field Report from Alabama

Rev. Kevin Massey, Program Director of Lutheran Disaster Response, and Associate Program Director Mike Nevergall, spent time this week in Alabama, assessing damage from the recent tornadoes and meeting with local Lutherans about the response to come. Check out this field report for stories and pictures from the trip. more

Spring Storm Update

We have received a number of inquiries in the synod office about assisting those areas affected by the severe storms and flooding in Missouri and across the South. In addition to keeping all of the people in the affected areas in your prayers, the best way to immediately assist is with a financial donation. Volunteer opportunities, no doubt will abound as the areas become more stable.

Reponding in Central States

St. Louis Tornadoes

Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri (LFCS) is our Lutheran Disaster Response agency. Financial contributions may be sent directly to them. Please note “Tornadoes” in the memo line and mail to:

Disaster Response
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri
8631 Delmar Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63124

Volunteer coordination is being handled through United Way 2-1-1. Volunteer groups may register online at or by calling “2-1-1” (from Missouri land-line); or (314) 421-4636 from cell phones or out of state. If you would like to get involved, here is a list of volunteer opportunities.

Missouri Flooding

LFCS will also be involved with responding to the flooding in South/Southeast Missouri. To designate a financial gift for those areas, please note “Disaster Response” on your check and send to the address above. United Way 2-1-1 is doing volunteer coordination for these areas as well.


Severe Storms in Southern/Southeast U.S.

Over 300 people are confirmed dead after yet another devastating outburst of severe storms and tornadoes tore through the south. Christ Lutheran Church (Cullman, AL) was heavily damaged by a tornado touchdown, and communities in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia join many others facing a long recovery process. Volunteer opportunities have not yet been determined, but please check regularly on the synod website for regular updates.

Gifts to ELCA Disaster Response “U.S. Severe Storms” help to provide the type of immediate and long-lasting support that is already underway in these affected regions. Give today to support the needs in this response and others like it.

Donations for tornado relief will also be accepted through:

ELCA-Southeastern Synod
100 Edgewood Ave., Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA 30303

Links to keep you updated

Your concern, prayers and gifts are greatly appreciated. If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact Dan Glamann in the synod office, or 913-948-9701 or 866-915-3548 (toll-free).