|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:
Gloves – work/rubber
Garbage Bags – heavy duty
Liquid laundry detergent
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 email@example.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.