Sunday, September 11, 2005

Jesus is just all right, oh yeah

Last week we took a walk through Christian fundie church land, to see how they were dealing with Hurricane Katrina & relief.

Let's take that same walk and see if things have changed.

Calvary Chapel

In response to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Calvary Chapel’s are extending aid to the persons and communities directly affected by this tragedy.

Contributions can be sent to:


1) Assisting the Calvary Chapel pastors and churches by providing financial resources and by bringing teams to work alongside the Calvary Chapels: Calvary Chapel Stone Mountain

2) Sending, warehousing, and distribution of supplies into the Gulf Coast area: Contact: U-Turn for Christ or Safe Harbor Ministries

3) If you have evacuees that have relocated in your area that plan to be there more than two weeks, we suggest that the Calvary Chapel closest to the relocation areas serve the people as best they can.

4) Serving in the impacted areas as Police, Fire, and Rescue Chaplain, medical personnel, or a crisis counselor: Contact: Safe Harbor Ministries or Horizon International

5) If you are an individual without a team, and want to serve as a servant in the area contact Safe Harbor Ministries. They are organizing teams for a wide variety of purposes.

6) If you are a licensed building contractor and would be available to do charity construction please contact Calvary Chapel Outreach Fellowships at We will make a data base of persons and skills for future reference.

Well, that's some improvement, although I'm pretty sure that prayer will be appreciated as help only after, you know, water, food, etc. Still, not bad.

The Vinyard

Assistance for Vineyard churches affected by Katrina

We are getting a lot of calls and emails about what the National office is going to do in response to the situation along the Gulf Coast.

IOW, same damn thing. Somehow I missed the headline last week, so here it is again:

Assistance for Vineyard churches affected by Katrina

Nice. We'll help the churches.

The Church On The Way

We're reaching out! We’ve all been moved by the destruction and personal loss suffered by victims of Hurricane Katrina. As people who are called by God to represent Him on earth, we’re compelled to respond in the Name of Jesus so we've begun a Rescue & Resource Operation. Your response has been great! Already hundreds of people have volunteered and multiplied thousands of dollars have been given. Breakthrough is happening and yet we’ve just begun. Right now we are transporting food, personal items, and more through our authorized FEMA source and local and Gulf States Warehouse. We are also in the process of purchasing hundreds of cots, lining up temporary housing, and setting in motion a job network for relocated victims.

RECUE & RESOURCE OPERATION BRIEFING MEETING • Sunday, September 11 @ 4–5:30 p.m. • The King's Family-Life Center Gynmasium, West Campus

We're mobilizing! You've responded marvellously to the request for volunteers, saying "Yes, we'll go" and "Yes, we'll help!" Now it's time to mobilize the troops. We won't take up much of your time. We'll even have refresments for you! We're asking everyone who has signed up or would still like to do so, to gather for this briefing. We're going to answer questions, talk strategy, plan, and build teeams. Right now we're set to send teams tot Robeline, Shreveport, and West new Orleans, Louisiana; Gurdon, Arkansas; as well as locally to our Pico Rivera Warehouse. We'll be sending out teams weekly for the next several weeks. Thank you in advance for responding and we'll see you in the Gym.

If you are interested in participating in our Rescue & Resource Operation and can't make this meeting or you want to donate bulk supplies, please contact our Rescue & Resource Office at:

Well, spell checkers are pretty useful, but still, pretty good. Actual work being done.

Crystal Cathedral

Same stuff.

Wait, there's more:

The Crystal Cathedral in collaboration with film composer John Debney request your presence at the U.S. Premiere of the PASSION OF THE CHRIST SYMPHONY.

Film composer John Debney has adapted the Passion Of the Christ into a concert choral symphony-requiem based on the themes he wrote for the Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ (Academy Award nominated score). This symphony was premiered in Rome with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Choir in July of 2005.

A special collection will be taken. The orchestra, choir and all other participants are donating their time so that all proceeds will go directly to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

100% - of the donations will be given to the American Red Cross.

Katrina Care Hurricane Relief Collection

at the Crystal Cathedral this
Sunday September 11, 2005

Please bring the following items:

* New packaged underwear
* New socks
* Diapers
* New toiletries
* Canned meats
* New blankets

A truck will be located beside the Crystal Cathedral to transport your donated items to persons in great need.

Interesting. Read the last sentence again:

A truck will be located beside the Crystal Cathedral to transport your donated items to persons in great need.

Weird. That could mean anyone. Am I just being paranoid, or is it just a case of florid writing?

First Evangelical Free Church

Same stuff, nothing new.

The Tidings (Official Catholic news organ for the Diocese of Los Angeles)

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a National Hurricane Relief Fund to assist those who have been devastated in the Southern part of the United States, particularly along the Gulf Coast. The funds will be administered through Catholic Charities USA, and parishioners will be given the opportunity to donate to relief efforts this Sunday at Masses.

"You may remember that at the time of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, which so devastated our own Archdiocese, Catholics of the United States contributed over $7 million to assist us," said Cardinal Roger Mahony.

As part of the bishops' effort, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has established a Hurricane Relief Fund. Parishioners can send donations to their local parishes, which will then send a single check designated for "Hurricane Relief" to: National Collection for Hurricane Relief, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Or individuals can make a direct contribution to Catholic Charities at 2005 Hurricane Relief Fund, Catholic Charities USA, PO Box 25168, Alexandria, VA 22313-9788.

Some improvement. Not surprisingly, the first news below the banner is:

Making legislative history, on Sept. 6 the California Assembly passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Golden State lawmakers (state senators had earlier approved the measure) became the first in the United States to sanction gay marriages without a court order.

Mormon Church


Last week, these folks seemed to not care. Let's see what they're saying now.

Saddleback Church

Nichts. Nada.

The Vatican

Not so much.

So that's our trip through churchland. Still not sure what it means, except somebody once wrote this:

Matthew 25:35-46

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.