Lutheran Early Response Team
This ministry includes trained volunteers who respond to natural disasters in our community and beyond as well as serving our members in need of special assistance around their homes and more.
LCMS has a disaster response org that includes Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERTs). We have several folks who have received basic LERT training. A subset has also completed chainsaw training. Chainsaw training is required to be allowed to operate a chainsaw as part of that type disaster response. The training is also highly desired for anyone who will be near a chainsaw, such as when dragging the cuttings from the cutting site.
The next L.E.R.T. training is Friday and Saturday, October 25-26. Two types of certifications will be offered. Chainsaw team member certification for those attending Friday night class, and Chainsaw Operators certification for those attending the Friday session and one of the Saturday hands-on sessions.
Location: Fortress Lutheran Church
13960 Farm to Market Rd 2410
Harker Heights, Texas 76548
For more information about L.E.R.T., contact: Dick Schellin 817-239-7855
Lutheran Disaster Response
LCMS World Relief and Human Care responds to immediate and long-term needs following natural and man-made disasters, working through LCMS districts and congregations, international Lutheran churches and other partners.
As you know, Tropical Storm Imelda dropped as much as 43 inches of rain in less than 24 hours in some parts of the area known as the Golden Triangle in Texas. The President declared an State of Emergency for Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, and Orange Counties on last Friday. Although Federal Funds will be available for some of those affected, those who filed a claim during Hurricane Harvey are not eligible for assistance.
The drying out process is going smoothly and many homes will be ready to start sheet rocking soon. If you would like to assist you can sign up to volunteer here.
We are also putting on our Boots and BBQ fund raising dinner and silent auction. The funds raised at this years event will go to help Imelda Victims. The dinner is at 6:00 pm on November 16 at the Dallas International University Event Center, 7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd, Dallas TX 75236. Tickets are $20. For tickets and information click here.
Or by mail:
Make checks payable to "The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod", memo line or note designating ‘Disaster Response’
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis MO 63166-6861
Or by phone: 888-930-4438