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Church of the Redeemer, Biloxi, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina

King of Peace Teaming with Church of the Redeemer
Biloxi, Mississippi in Relief Effort

King of Peace has partnered together with other Episcopal Churches around the country (listed below) to assist The Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi, Mississippi with recovery efforts for their church, congregation and community. In December, we sent $1,000 to support the congregation as Christmas approached. In early February, our pastor went down and worked on site with other churches. Efforts are ongoing and will take a few years at least. Click here to see more photos of the church buildings now.

Web log entries from February: Hope on the Gulf Coast, More from Biloxi, and Perspective

See the design for Redeemer partners t-shirt for use when working in Biloxi here.
You may purchase shirts and other items with the design here.

Camp Biloxi

Three upcoming Trips to Camp Biloxi in 2006

July 15-22 | November 6-13

King of Peace is part of the group of partner churches listed below and we have been asked to supply additional crew members for the following upcoming weeks:

All Saintsí Episcopal Church in Frederick, Maryland will be leading groups July 15-22 and November 6-13. On any of these trips, accommodations will be at Camp Biloxi, the Lutheran-Episcopal Disaster Response area set up on the grounds of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

Work will be available for anyone at any skill level and can range from working at Camp Biloxi itself in the kitchen or tool shed to cleaning up debris to rebuilding houses. Any willing workers will find something within their range of abilities.

The accommodations are bunk beds, hot showers and porta potties. Food is provided on site. Participants are expected to pay $20 per day to offset the cost to the church. Scholarship for this is available from King of Peace. If you have any questions, or want to sign up to go one of these weeks, contact our pastor Frank at the church, (912) 510-8958 and he will get you more information, release forms, etc.

view inside a tent dorm at Camp Biloxi

A Note from the Rector of Redeemer
Sent via email on April 17, 2006

Thank you all for your continuing support.  This is an amazing time in South Mississippi! Signs of new life are everywhere. Flowers are blooming; trees are finally in new leaf (the first since the storm) and volunteers continue to pour in bringing compassion and skills for recovery. 

I have not, as you may have read on our web page, emphasized any aspect of suffering to our people this Lent. Rather I have tried to encourage them to join in the recovery efforts, if they are able.  Some have done so and discovered the true joy that comes from service to others.  

We still have a long way to go in our recovery. The Diocese of Mass. brought down $16,000 in gift cards, three weeks ago and they have been used by many both in the congregation and the community as people slowly repair their homes.  The reality of time has confirmed that many things have changed forever and some significant signs of stress are beginning to show. 

And yet the excitement of Easter is among us!  Redeemer, Midlothian,Va. Made a beautiful wooden processional cross that we used at Easter.  St Peterís by the Sea gave us a White Cope. Church of the Advent, Medfield, Ma. gave us a new Paschal Candle and Redeemer in Irving Tx. Sent us funds for a Paschal Candle Stand. 

We had great Passiontide and Easter Services. 

Thank to all our partners and everyone else who continues to very generous in their support. 

Have a Happy Easter! 

Harold  

Links
Church of the Redeemer website
The Diocese of Mississippi's website with link to their Disaster Response page

Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer, Biloxi
prior to Hurricane Katrina

Redeemer's Hurricane Camille Memorial and the church building
prior to Hurricane Katrina (with the after photo below). Click photo above to find out more.

Churches Assisting in the Recovery
All Saints' Church, Frederick, Maryland
All Saints' Church, Sagatuck, Michigan
Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont, Pennsylvania
Church of the Ascension, Lexington Park, Maryland
Church of the Redeemer, Irving, Texas
Church of the Redeemer, Shelbyville, Tennessee
Emmanuel Church, Greenwood, Virginia
Grace Church, Chanute, Kansas
Holy Spirit, Lake Forest, Illinois
Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Alexandria, Virginia
King of Peace Church, Kingsland, Georgia
St. Ann's Church, Bridgehampton, New York
St. David's Church, Cocoa Beach, Florida
St. Dunstan's Church, Bethesda, Maryland
St. Paul's Church, Dekalb, Illinois

Diocese Assisting in the Recovery
The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

See the design for Redeemer partners t-shirt for use when working in Biloxi here.
You may purchase shirts and other items with the design here.


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through Episcopal Relief and Development

 

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