As coastal residents, we know all too well the terror and destruction that hurricanes can bring. In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, we thank God for the storm dissipating before it impacted the Lowcountry, while at the same time we pray for those in North Carolina who have suffered tremendous loss.

We also know that we aren’t the only people who live near an ocean. While we’ve been watching and waiting for Hurricane Florence, we also pray with our siblings and friends in the Philippines as they deal with the effects of Typhoon Mangkhut.

As a church, we have a deep desire to come alongside those who are suffering and to relieve their burdens. We are in our sermon series “In the Neighborhood: The Gospel According to Mr. Rogers”, and we want to do more than just talk about being a good neighbor to those who are hurting. We want to live out the instructions in Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” The law of Jesus is a law of love, mutual caring and compassion and mercy.

How Can We Help?

We are joining with the millions of United Methodists around the globe in responding to these tragedies by collecting supplies to pack hygiene kits and school kits. These kits will be given out for free in shelters, community centers, disaster aid stations and through churches.

You can give in two ways:

1. Order items from our Amazon wishlist

When you order items from our Amazon wishlist, they will be delivered directly to the church.

Purchase items for the school kit HERE.

Purchase items for the hygiene kit HERE.

2. Purchase items locally and drop them off.

The supply lists for school kits can be found HERE and hygiene kits can be found HERE.

You can drop off items to our friends at Lowco Cafe at 1171 Clements Ferry Road, Clements Ferry Alterations at 2500 Clements Ferry Road, Suite F, or the Daniel Island News at 225 Seven Farms Drive, Unit 108.

We’ll pack the kits during worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 7  at Three Lions Pub.

Let’s reach out to our neighbors across the Carolinas, across the ocean in the Philippines, and across the street to carry each others’ burdens as we #neighborlikeJesus.

Wendy Hudson-Jacoby

Wendy Hudson-Jacoby is the Pastor of Two Rivers Church in Charleston, SC. As a life-long United Methodist, she spent her formative years worshiping at First United Methodist Church, Lancaster. She attended the University of South Carolina, where she majored in print journalism. After graduating, she served as a young adult missionary through the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and spent 18 months in Mumbai, India, and 18 months in Philadelphia. She attended Wesley Theological Seminary and spent her first seven years of full-time ministry in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference. She returned to her home state in 2011 to become the pastor of North Charleston United Methodist Church. In July 2017, their family moved to Clements Ferry Road to start Two Rivers Church, South Carolina’s newest United Methodist Church.

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