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A message from our Staten Island churches

In this issue of The Moravian, we feature two stories from pastors on Staten Island. These stories were penned long before Hurricane Sandy came ashore on October 29 and 30. That storm devastated large sections of Staten Island, along with many areas in the New York metro area and 
Long Island.

Both churches featured—Great Kills and Castleton Hill—are working together with their sister congregations New Dorp and Vanderbilt Avenue to assist efforts to help those affected by this storm. In mid-November, the four Staten Island churches shared the following:


We give thanks for all our Moravian brothers and sisters who have expressed concern for our four Moravian churches on Staten Island and who want to help us and our neighbors as we recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. We are blessed that our church buildings and parsonages were all spared and experienced no significant damage.


We are currently organizing to help the families in our congregations, preschool, and extended circle of family members, friends, and neighbors who were affected. Beyond that we seek to be of assistance to the larger community. We will be hosting mission teams who want to help with the clean up and rebuilding effort and those who want to help sort the back log of donated clothing which has flooded the island.

We expect that the financial needs will be great both to care for the mission teams who come to us and assist those whose homes were damaged or lost. Even people with the luxury of flood insurance often have very large deductibles that first must be met. They will have difficulty replacing stoves, washers, and dryers. We will be giving out grants to help people through the financial challenges of putting their lives and homes back together.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Make a contribution to our Moravian work on Staten Island. Checks should be made out and sent to the United Brethren’s Church, 2205 Richmond Road, Staten Island, NY 10306. The memo line should read: Central Elders Sandy Relief.
  • Pray for us and for all that travel here to help. Pray that we will have the compassion, strength, wisdom and courage we need to help each other through this difficult time.
  • Consider coming up to help as part of a mission team either to help clean and rebuild or to help sort and distribute clothing.
  • Check our website regularly for updates. We will soon have a system for scheduling teams working with Mark Ebert of the Board of World Mission and with Mike Rampulla of the NEMDR in the Eastern District.

We give thanks for your care and concern for us and for our common ministry together.


From the December 2012 Moravian Magazine


Moravian Daily Texts


Wednesday, November 22 — Psalm 131
Daniel 9:1–10:7; Jude 1:11–25

O save your people, and bless your heritage; be their shepherd, and carry them forever. Psalm 28:9

Jesus says, “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” John 10:16

Good Shepherd, so often as a church we look to those outside our own community as “other.” May we let go of our pride and work together with all people so we will be one flock under your leadership. Amen.

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