Monday, June 21, 2010

Press Release from Episcopal Relief and Development

Dear Friend in Christ,

On April 20, 2010, an offshore oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf Coast, causing a massive oil leak that is threatening coastal communities. In the wake of this disaster, Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with the Diocese of Louisiana to assist those most impacted. We are also in close contact with and standing ready to assist the Dioceses of Mississippi and the Central Gulf Coast.

Gulf Oil Spill

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the activities of Episcopal Community Services of Louisiana (ECSLA) and its partners.

"The work in Louisiana is already reaching people who might otherwise fall through the cracks because they can't access sufficient resources, whether due to transportation challenges, lack of information or uncertainty about the different avenues they might pursue for assistance." said Katie Mears, Episcopal Relief & Development's Program Manager for USA Disaster Preparedness and Response.

Your help is critical in providing food assistance, legal support, pastoral care and information referrals for those in desperate need in coastal communities.

Please photocopy this bulletin insert and place it in your Sunday Service leaflet on Sunday, June 27.

Encourage your congregation to visit Episcopal Relief & Development's website,, for updated information on the oil spill and affected communities and to assist those in need by making an immediate, convenient and secure contribution to Episcopal Relief & Development's USA Disaster Response Fund.

Thank you for your partnership, prayers and compassion.

Yours faithfully,
Brian Sellers-Petersen,
Director of Church Engagement

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