Dallas churches join to help Katrina victims
The multiethnic gathering of church leaders and ministers was somewhat unique since churches of Christ do not have an organizational structure above the local church level. But church leaders say that working hand in hand will allow churches of Christ to serve the families suffering from Hurricane Katrina to a much greater extent.
“When we heard that the Red Cross was bringing families from the hurricane zone to Reunion Arena we knew we were in a position to serve these families,” said Ron Buch, outreach minister for the Meadow View church in Mesquite.
“Several other churches in the area had the same desire and had efforts underway. These congregations came together at Southern Hills to see how we could work in concert in helping the victims not only in Dallas, but those still in the hurricane zone” he said.
Churches from Dallas, Garland, Plano, Mesquite, and Denton met together and several others will be joining the effort from around the metroplex. Some of the plans already being carried out include a meal to be provided to refugees at the Mountain View Church of Christ in Dallas at 10 a.m. Saturday and shuttling refugees to a local college where the locker rooms will be open for hot showers. A Web site will soon be posting the services available to victims of the hurricane as well as how anyone can volunteer to help beat Katrina through the churches of Christ. In the meantime, those interested in helping can contact the Mountain View church at (214) 339-7145.
The churches of Christ who met together were: Cedar Crest, Cedar Hill, Central Pointe, Dallas West, East Dallas, Fourth Avenue, Greenville Avenue, Hawn Freeway, Hutchins, Lawrence and Marder, Light of the World, Marsalis Avenue, Meadow View (Mesquite), Mountain View, New Hope (Sunnyvale), Pemberton Hill, Pitman Creek (Plano), Prestoncrest, Riverside, Saturn Road (Garland), Skillman Avenue, South Central, Southern Hills, Webb Chapel, and White Rock.