Tuesday, May 21, 2013

More Re Oklahoma

Note: The Bishop provides a place to send money below, but another approach will be for a parish to collect funds and send them to the diocese for the Bishop to forward in one large check.

Dear Friends,

Our neighbors in Oklahoma are reeling from the devastation wrought by yesterday's tornado.  First responders are only just beginning the hard work of helping them recover.  For now, those on site ask that we stay away so that those first responders can do what they do so well.
In the meantime, there is still much that we can do.  As I mentioned in this morning's email, continue to pray.  If you would like to send a financial donation, write a check to The Diocese of Oklahoma and add "Tornado Relief" to the memo line.  Here is an address:
Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
924 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
I am in discussion with Mtr. Mitzi George (Coordinator for Disaster Relief) and Archdeacon Bette Kaufmann about a diocesan mission trip in July or later.  This will allow time for the first responders to do what they need to do and time for us to coordinate with the Diocese of Oklahoma.  Look for more information soon.
In addition to our own mission trip, volunteer opportunities are made available for disaster work by Episcopal Relief and Development.  While it is too early to expect coordinated efforts today, here is the link you can use to find volunteer opportunities: ERD Volunteer Opportunities.
Bishop Ed Konieczny of Oklahoma reports that they have what they need in the present.  But we also know that this will be a long recovery project.  I know that I speak for all of us when I say to him that they are not alone.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, Ph.D., D.D.