Midland Flood Response
On May 19th, the city of Midland, Michigan suffered flooding as a result of the breaching of two dams following days of heavy rain. Several families from Christ Covenant OPC in Midland suffered the flooding of their homes; one family’s home was completely flooded. The diaconal committee of the Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario immediately mobilized a disaster response effort, in cooperation with OPC Disaster Response. Christ Covenant desires to see its families cared for in restoring their homes, but they also see in this devastation an opportunity to show mercy in the name of Christ to their neighbors suffering in the vicinity of the church. Reformed Missions Services has come alongside the OPC in offering the use of their shower trailer and other equipment. Those desiring to participate in this effort are encouraged to register as a volunteer at opcdisasterresponse.org/volunteer-registry/. Gifts toward this effort can be designated to “Midland Flood” (give.opc.org/diaconal-ministries-summary).
Midland Flood Response Fund
OPC Disaster Response is thankful to report a positive response to our request for contributions toward the Midland Flood Fund such that it has now grown to $66,809.50. We are also encouraged by the Lord’s provision of skilled volunteers. The Midland effort is able to move forward with consistent volunteers such as Cary Hirdes lending his expertise to the HVAC installation; Rob Brinks from Reformed Mission Services involved in all forms of the effort; Doug Baxter, retired master plumber along with his teenage grandson; Brett Gillet, carpentry expert; Steve Hill, electrician, Mike Green, site coordinator and so many more! The Mootses are so thankful for the body of Christ ministering to them. And yet, there is so much more work left to be done. If you have not yet personally participated in this effort through your gifts or prayer, please consider what role you might play. May God continue to bless this effort to the glory of Christ.
Please visit give.opc.org or send your check to The Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 607 N. Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Please note, “Michigan Flood Fund” on the memo line.
Midland Work Update
November 18, 2020
The Moots’ home is making significant progress but we still need your help to get it done in time for Christmas move-in, Lord willing! Progress is being made: a doorway and sidelight were installed by URC/RMS director Rob Brinks; painting was done by extended family members local OPC volunteers, and OPC volunteers from Grand Rapids led by Jeff Davis. Trim was installed by OPC volunteers led by Pete Onnink; kitchen cabinet installation was done by Jim Smies and Roger Wesner, and bathroom tile was generously gifted by a friend of the Moots family. Steve Hill is on-site doing electrical and carpentry work, and Doug Baxter will finish plumbing the week of Thanksgiving. Everything is shaping up beautifully, but there are still things to do this fall and in the spring. Contact Sam Phillips to volunteer: [email protected]