Please continue generosity to Katrina appeal at third anniversary

8/19/2008

“We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches. . .for during a severe ordeal of affliction, abundant joy and extreme poverty overflowed in a wealth of generosity. . .” — II Corinthians 8:1

 Across the expanse of United Methodist congregations, an offering will be received on Aug. 24 for the Katrina Church Recovery Appeal. 

The Katrina Church Recovery Appeal was launched by the Council of Bishops in the fall of 2005 to garner generosity for the needs of church and ministry building on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Generosity in the anniversary offerings in August 2006 and 2007 yielded $1,201,847 for the churches in the Seashore District. 

The Council of Bishops invite a third anniversary offering. The funds that you have given for this appeal and the funds that you will give stay in Mississippi as the offerings beyond Mississippi come to us. 

As others remain vital partners with us in recovery, let us remain vigilant here in Mississippi. I urge every church to invite a third anniversary offering for church recovery in the Seashore District. 

In the Seashore District, Leggett Memorial and the Seashore Mission are the remaining facilities which are still seeking to recover. Leggett lost its sanctuary and continues to forge a future in a diminished facility.  

The Seashore Mission has been a vital link in ministry with the homeless on the Gulf Coast. The Seashore Mission is creating a new model for ministry under the leadership of Tom East as the new executive director. The mission will move beyond housing homeless to ministering to the whole person.