Flooding Disaster in Waverly

We trust that you’ve all heard the news about the catastrophic flooding in the town of Waverly, in Humphreys County. Ellis Grove Presbyterian Church in Waverly is the westernmost church in our presbytery. Fortunately, their Pastor, Rev. John Smith, reports that their members and their building have not suffered any damage. Tragically, the losses of life, homes, buildings, possessions, roads, and businesses are heartbreaking. 

Efforts to bring needed assistance, through the Ellis Grove church, through the presbytery, and through the denomination are underway. An initial assistance grant, of $7,500, has been requested from the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program. The session of First Presbyterian Church, Dickson, has also pledged $2,500. Disaster team members from Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nashville have been on the scene. Prayers are invited for those persons who have suffered such terrible loss and trauma, as well as for the unimaginable work that lies ahead and the groundswell of support and generosity that it will require to meet that need.

The presbytery, through Robin and Ray, will be coordinating contributions from our churches with Rev. John Smith at Ellis Grove. We welcome your contacts, by phone, text, or email, as well as your financial contributions, marked “Flood Relief”. John has forwarded us this list of supplies that are critical at this time:

Water
Cots/Blankets/Pillows/sleeping bags
Towels
Washcloths
Diapers
Flashlights
Batteries
Bath Soap
Toothbrushes/paste
Combs/brushes
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Insect Repellent
Band-Aids
Baby Food
Energy snacks
Gloves – work/rubber
Buckets
Mops/brooms
Shovels
Bleach
Household Cleaners
Scrub brushes
Sponges
Garbage Bags – heavy duty
Liquid laundry detergent
Masks
Non-perishable food

Donations may be dropped off at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 643 Harding Place, Nashville (please text Rev. Beth Smith for drop-off times 615-739-3353) or contact the Rev. John Smith john.a.smith.81@gmail.com and he will arrange to pick up your donations.

The Tennessean has published this article about other organizations
that are involved in the relief efforts.

This information was sent to us by the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee

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