was the one who got the call that the church was needed to provide space for
people who were being evacuated from Northwood.
and the local Casey’s brought pizza. There were children and elderly and everyone in between mingling. People from the community brought games for people to play to pass the time away. There was help from Bethany and their fellow parish members from Elk Creek who showed up to help wherever they were needed.
the poor and alien.” These words would make their way to his sermon the following Sunday:
several other parish members, and the aliens, feasting on the grapes. Grapes
provide by Red Cross, Hy-Vee, and the good people of Bethany and Kensett. The scene could be described as chaos in the midst of a coming storm. And yet no one was panicking just anxious about what to do next.
“People felt safe and well cared for, both in the transfer and at the site in
Kensett. The folks at the Lutheran Retirement Home had their meds packed up so they could stay on schedule with those. Many people had friends who immediately opened their homes and welcomed them and others.
There is tremendous appreciation for the fire department folks and the
emergency preparedness people. Gratitude abounds!”
so Pastor Tom and his wife spent the night in the nursing home in Manley. “They became God’s hands for us when our own hands were not enough for the storm of Feb. 20th, 2014.”
Synod’s disaster plan and think about their role in being prepared to help
their neighbors in times of crisis.”
kinds of events are good reminders for others to test and improve their own
ability to respond in a crisis.
Northeastern Iowa Synod Lutheran Disaster Response Network Page