While newscasters are concentrating on the devastation from the flash flood that struck Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland over Memorial Day weekend, heavy rain fell elsewhere, including the Beechfield neighborhood of Baltimore. Providentially, this immediately surrounds the Stillmeadow Community Fellowship Church where Michael Martin is the pastor.
Michael shared that a raging flood of several feet of water flowed down Frederick Avenue in front of the church. The church is elevated from the road and only suffered minor damage. The neighbors around the church, however, did not fare so well.
Churches in the EFCA Eastern District are well-positioned to offer a hand up to some 150-200 families whose homes were filled with water and muck, and, more importantly, we’re poised to offer them emotional and spiritual support. Some of these families attend the Stillwater Church. ReachGlobal Crisis Response is providing administrative and technical support for the efforts.
Your Help is needed!
What: Gutting and restoring of homes on weekends. We also have a large need for volunteers who can install hot water heaters and furnaces. A liability release for adults and minors will need to be signed prior to arrival.
When: The weekend August 11th is our next big work day, and we anticipate several more Saturdays after that. Arrive for orientation and prayer by 8:15 a.m. Serve for a half day, full day or the entire weekend. Other weekends and weekdays may be possible; please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about another time to serve. Following this initial response, an assessment will be completed to determine next steps in the recovery.
Cost: For overnight guests only, there will be a $25 per night donation to offset expenses for food, utilities and other costs. Breakfast and dinner will be provided on site. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag, air mattress/cot and towels. Please be very clear in your communication if you intend to stay overnight.
What to bring: For every six volunteers, please bring a basic hand tools. Work is lining up so we may have more information as to power tools needed prior to your service. If you have specific skills or tools, please let us know ahead of time so we can use your skills most effectively. Please also bring a willing spirit and flexible attitude as both needs and supplies tend to appear last minute.
Location: Stillmeadow EFC, 5110 Frederick Ave., Baltimore, MD 21229.
Registration: Send an email to email@example.com. For Saturday volunteers, please register by the Thursday before your arrival weekend. For overnight volunteers, please register at least a week ahead if possible. Maximum overnight capacity is 40.
Please do not contact Stillmeadow Community Fellowship Church directly. The pastor and staff are focusing on the needs of their community.
Pray for the Stillmeadow Church as they minister to their neighbors and share the love of Christ to those in need.
Pray for those that have been impacted by the flood waters, especially the families that have been displaced.
Pray for volunteers to come and help this community in their time of need.
Give now to the recovery efforts.