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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma impact ELCA congregations


Hurricane Harvey, the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005, hit the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 26. The hurricane threatened millions of people with multiple days of heavy rain, winds of 130 mph and rising tides, with rainfall topping 50 inches in some areas. At presstime, at least 70 deaths were attributed to Harvey. Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate continues to be active on the ground, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly in long-term recovery efforts.


The church buildings and homes of many ELCA members were impacted, with recovery efforts expected to take years. “The good news is ministry continues,” said Michael Rinehart, bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod. “The church is the church, regardless of buildings.”


On the heels of Harvey, at presstime Hurricane Irma was hitting the Caribbean and was expected to make landfall in Florida.


For more information or to help, visit elca.org/disaster. New onLivingLutheran.org


Visit us online for exclusive stories, news, photos and videos highlighting ELCA members across the country—and our global companions.


Read more from the October “I’m a Lutheran” feature, Kelly “Glow” Williams (page 12), a hip-hop artist and inspirational speaker.


Explore all 500 entries in the Reformation 500 lists we’ve featured throughout the year (page 22), collected together in one place.


Reader call Christmas pageants—a well-loved tradition at many Lutheran congregations—come with their fair share of bloopers. For an upcoming article, the editors of Living Lutheran want to know: What’s the funniest or most adorable moment you remember from a past pageant? Send your memory by Oct. 15 (300 words or less) to erin.strybis@elca.org and you may be featured in the December issue.


Read a four-part series about the ongoing nature of the


Reformation in the church and the world by Paul Lutter, an ELCA pastor and professor.


See more photos from the July International Women Leaders seminar in Wittenberg, Germany (page 32).


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