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Arkansas Tornado Relief Efforts

Hope Lutheran Church will be accepting donations of items needed in support of the victims of the tornado that passed through Central Arkansas on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Donations can be dropped off at the church. We will also take up a freewill offering to go to LCMS Disaster Relief. They are already here helping out our brothers and sisters in Christ.


If you would like to help with the clean up efforts, clean up dates are tentatively set for May 24, 25, and 26th. We will update information on time and location as those details become available.

A message from LCMS Mid-South District President Paavola:

Update from President Paavola 4.30.14

The Tornado Tragedy in Arkansas: How Mid-South District Members Can Help

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Yesterday, I had a chance to visit the communities affected by the devastating tornadoes of Sunday evening. The Mid-South District is now prepared to respond in the most positive way for those who have suffered physical and property damage, and those 16 who lost their lives in the communities of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas.

The LCMS Disaster Relief team from St. Louis was onsite last night, beginning their work. We can now begin assembling goods, household products and able-bodied people to respond to our member families, their neighbors, and the others in the communities affected.


Starting today, Peace Lutheran Church will be designated as the coordination point for relief workers wanting to provide clean-up. All our efforts will be coordinated through Peace who will make proper arrangements with local county disaster coordinators, the Red Cross, and law enforcement. Peace Lutheran Church and Pastor John Gierke will serve as the point of contact for those who are willing to bring work teams in for the clean-up efforts. Pastor Gierke’s contact information is: Rev. John Gierke, Peace Lutheran Church, 800 South Donaghey Avenue, Conway, Arkansas 72034; phone 501-329-3854; email Rev. Gierke. Peace Lutheran will also be a “Drop-Off” site for any donations of goods you may wish to donate to the relief effort.


The other “Drop-Off” sites that avoid the congestion on I-40 between Little Rock and Mayflower include Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church (449 Millwood Circle, Maumelle, AR) and Christ Lutheran Church (315 South Hughes Street, Little Rock, AR).


Those who wish to provide financial support for the relief effort may send their contributions to the Mid-South District Tornado Relief Fund, 1675 Wynne Road, Cordova, TN, 38016.

My thanks to Pastors Pete Ave-Lallemont, Dan Houser, John Gierke, Kevin Conger, David Mohr, and Tim Hennings for their assistance in this effort. Thank you for your prayers and support.

Sincerely yours in Christ +
Rev. Dr. Roger Paavola, President
Mid-South District, LCMS

Disaster Relief Red Cross Donation List



Bug spray

D cell batteries


Latex gloves


Hand sanitizer

Baby wipes

Feminine hygiene products


Laundry detergent

Rolls of quarters




Eye drops

Nose Spray

Hydrogen peroxide/disinfectants

Portable freezer – to place ice and food in.

Ground beef

Sausage and eggs

Cookies and other sweets

Prepackaged condiment utensils

Paper towels


Foam ice chests


Plastic storage bins

Color books


Playing cards

Board games

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