ELCA NEWS SERVICE
July 4, 2012
ELCA congregation returns home after Colorado wildfire evacuation
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- After spending several days evacuated from their building and homes, members of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., were able to return to their church building July 1 for worship. Christ the King's building sustained no damage, although four of the congregation's families lost their homes to the wildfire there.
The Rev. Julie Britsch, pastor of Christ the King, said in a statement, "I thank God for all the prayers and look forward to fellowship together. It is bittersweet and humbling to be able to reach my home and the sanctuary."
The congregation held worship services on Sunday and gathered afterward to make signs encouraging the emergency crews and community. The congregation is also collecting gift cards to help families who still remain displaced from the area.
Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp, an ELCA outdoor ministry which was also evacuated after fires closed the road leading into the camp, was also able to return to their facilities over the weekend.
ELCA Disaster Response is already working in the area to start assessing and meeting the needs of affected communities. Plans to begin holding Camp Noah for children who are dealing with the effects of the natural disaster are also in the works.
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The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with 4.2 million members in 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.
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