ARP News Update

Devastation in Northeast
Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012, at 12:37 p.m. – Peachtree Corners (GA) pastor, John Cook reports:
“Please continue to pray for the Northeast. I have just returned from northern New Jersey and there is still widespread devastation and hardship. Thousands of people are still without power; only about 10% of gas stations are open; food stores (if they are open) still lack many perishable items such as milk/bread/produce.

“In addition to these hardships, a new storm is set to bring more bad weather and even colder temperatures today and tomorrow. There are so many trees and power lines down, it will be weeks before all power can be restored and many roads opened. Everywhere you look, there are hundreds of utility trucks and the sound of chainsaws. Some churches are offering hot meals to relief workers, but many churches (and their members) are so impacted by the aftermath of the storm, they’re unable to provide assistance. “

Hurricane Sandy Relief
In June of this year, the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church established the Good Samaritan Offering to provide a vehicle by which ARPs might collectively provide financial support to victims of natural disasters. Individuals and congregations wishing to make donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy may send their gifts to the Office of Central Services, 1 Cleveland St, Greenville SC 29601.

Checks should be made out to: General Synod, ARP Church for Good Samaritan Offering.

We will take donations through November 30 and send them to a Christian organization providing direct relief to victims.

We are still trying to determine if any of our ARP congregations have suffered damage due to the storm. Please contact Central Services if you know of needs (864-232-8297).

Churches, please place this notice in your bulletins and newsletters.