Hurricane Irma Update September 12
Hurricane Irma Update
Tuesday, September 12
We continue to be grateful that the damage to our area from Hurricane Irma was modest compared to initial fears and projections. We give thanks to the Lord. However, we are also mindful that many have suffered loss and the potential for flooding in parts of our county remains. Calvary stands ready to help and serve those in need and through our disaster relief network volunteers are already on the ground serving in important ways.
All three of our church campuses survived the storm with only minor damage and should be up and operational in a very short time. On Tuesday morning, power was restored to the Clearwater campus. Our church offices remain closed through Tuesday. We anticipate opening the church office tomorrow, Wednesday September 13.
Since as many as 500,000 people remain without power in our county and many people who have evacuated are in the process of returning to our area, we are cancelling all activities scheduled for this week. This includes all Wednesday night activities at all three campuses and activities such as Grief Share and other groups that normally meet on the campus throughout the week.
We anticipate that we will be open and operational for this coming weekend. As of today we are planning to have a normal Sunday morning schedule of all worship services, groups and ministries on all three campuses this coming weekend.
All activities that were cancelled last weekend such as the Seminole Block Party and Beach Baptism will be rescheduled soon. We do not yet have a date to announce the rescheduling of those events. We should announce that very soon.
We have established a web page to help us respond to the challenges and opportunities of Hurricane Irma. The link is www.calvary.us/Irma. You can use this site to let us know about any need related to Hurricane Irma such as damage to your property or some other need for assistance. You can also use this page to volunteer for opportunities to serve in the days and weeks ahead and also to give to disaster relief efforts.
Calvary is part of a national disaster relief network through our partners in Southern Baptist missions. The Send Relief network coordinated through our North American Mission Board and local state Baptist conventions is one of the largest volunteer disaster relief networks in America. You can give to assist those in need as well as volunteer to help serve at the web page calvary.us/Irma
We remain grateful for the prayers and support of so many through this time and continue to pray that you and yours remain safe as our area recovers and moves back to normalcy. Please also remember that you can give online at www.calvary.us to help fully fund all of Calvary’s normal ministries. In the wake of last week’s cancellations, the financial support of our members and friends remains vitally important. Thank you in advance for helping.
Summary: All activities at all three campuses have been cancelled for this week but the Sunday morning schedule will return to normal this coming Sunday, September 17 at all three campuses.