Archive for Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Local churches give to efforts in Haiti

January 20, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: January 21, 2010, 6:09 p.m.

Tonganoxie and McLouth residents are doing their part to assist victims of this past week’s earthquake in Haiti.

Ron Swaim, pastor at Cornerstone Family Worship, said Tuesday an account has been established at First State Bank for disaster relief. Checks can be made to the Tonganoxie Ministerial Alliance at the bank. All funds will be sent to Convoy of Hope. For more information about the group, go to convoyofhope.org. Swaim said his church also took up a collection to be given to the organization.

Other individual churches took up collections Sunday for disaster relief as well.

At West Haven Baptist Church, the congregation was encouraged to give to the International Mission Board, either by donating directly to the organization at imb.org or including donations in collection envelopes. Associate minister Mark Scribner said Southern Baptists are the third largest relief agency in the world behind the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

Rev. Francis Stockton, pastor at Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, said his congregation was donating through its denomination.

Like other churches, Sacred Heart Catholic Church took up a collection to be given to an organization within its denomination. Money went to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Rev. Mark Goldasich said that money would then go to Catholic Charities to assist with disaster relief.

In McLouth, the Nazarene church collected an offering that was being sent to its Compassionate Ministries Headquarters in Kansas City that will be sent to Haiti.

The First Baptist Church of McLouth also collected money for disaster relief, while the United Methodist Church of McLouth made health kits to be sent to Haiti and accepted donations to be sent to Haiti.

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