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Of Fire, Water, and Wind

Recent days have seen challenges to people close to DUC and far away.  The gas related explosions and fires in the Andover and Lawrence areas last week, the ongoing flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, and Super Typhoon Mangkut in the Phillipines remind all of us of the ongoing need for disaster relief and support for the recovery of effected communities.

The Massachusetts Conference has set up a Gas Explosion/Fire Response and Recovery Fund to aid clergy and churches in their response to the recent gas-related explosions and fires in the Andover and Lawrence area last week.  If you would like to donate or find out more information about support efforts, check out the MACUCC website at http://macucc.org/explosions.  The national UCC is active with national and world partners in disaster relief for people affected by the floods in our country and in the Phillipines.  The Disaster Ministries page at http://ucc.org has information that will be updated as these situations continue to unfold.

Our Conference Minister, the Rev. Don Remick closed his letter about the recent disasters with this thought: "Pray.  Our God is good all the time.  Our prayers convey our concerns and love.  Please keep all of our churches, clergy, and communities in your prayers."