February 22, 2018
As you know, our community has experienced one of the worst flooding events in recent memory. Dozens of families have been displaced from their homes and are taking refuge at Berrien Springs Middle School. And we just got word that families from Sodus have also been affected and will also be seeking shelter at Berrien Springs Middle School.
Our team has been in contact with Lucy Randall, one of our Pioneer members, who is the Family Emergency Services Coordinator at Neighbor to Neighbor. We've also been in contact with Mike Hildebrand, the Oronoko Township Supervisor, and have been able to determine the needs.
Here's how you can help and make a difference:
- Donate Items to Neighbor to Neighbor: You can bring financial contributions, clothing, blankets, coats, diapers, baby items, toys, coloring books, crayons, and food items.
- Volunteer at Neighbor to Neighbor: Neighbor to Neighbor will be open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to facilitate emergency assistance to those affected by flooding. They will need volunteers for two shifts each day: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Volunteers will be answering the telephone, receiving donations, processing beneficiaries, and guiding them through the process of accessing needed items. We need 8-10 people each shift. Then on Sabbath afternoon at 5:00 PM, we need 20 people to pack flood buckets. We plan to start with 50 buckets and will be packing more as needed.
To volunteer for a shift or for more information, please contact Lucy Randall at 269-471-7411.
- Help Feed Those Taking Shelter: Mike Hildebrand, the Oronoko Township Supervisor, has asked Pioneer Memorial Church to take a shift feeding the 100-150 people in the shelter. Our turn will be this Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Ben Chilson, our hospitality leader, is leading the effort and will be looking for volunteers to bring food and to serve the meals.
If you'd like to be involved in this effort, please contact Ben at 317-674-6120.
What a privilege it is to serve our neighbors at a time like this. After all, that's what Jesus would do. Of course, we must pray—but let’s also become involved. It’s when our actions speak louder than our words and even our prayers that people can “feel the love.” Which is why I’m looking forward to seeing you at one of these shifts over the next few days—as we live out Jesus’ love together—
Dwight K. Nelson
Pioneer Memorial Church