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Disaster relief coordinator Pastor Craig Miller shares disaster relief information in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Reflections on Sandy after 18 months, by guest blogger Pastor Harvey von Harten

May 28, 2014

What did we learn and of what did we become more aware in these last days?

  • All things work together for those who love the Lord.
  • Friendship and generosity flow from the deep roots of pleasant memories.
  • Water has its dark side even for the faithful.
  • Some of the faithful were content to be present every Lord’s Day.
  • Living on the 17th floor without functioning elevators for months is the pits.
  • We received generous monetary gifts from Metro New York Synod faithful, from friends, from strangers, from a pastor and his congregation in New Orleans still healing from their own Hurricane damage.
  • It takes a long time to dry out 100 years of paper church records, by hanging them from string "clothes line."
  • It takes more time to accomplish the many tasks of operating a congregation when work space is one-quarter of the area of the former office space.
  • Dry cleaning 50 years of acquired paraments and vestments can get expensive.
  • Worship for a year without musical accompaniment, and six more months with an electric keyboard lacks something. We are in a queue for organ installation.
  • We are still not done putting the building and the congregation back together.
  • When I was in elementary school, our family lived in the basement as my father continued to work building the first and second floors. When it rained, and particularly when Hurricane Hazel hit us, we put all the bowls, pots and containers we had to catch the water and we sat in candlelight waiting.
  • I am glad our church roof did not drip a drop.
  • All are welcome to visit the new St. Paul’s Evangelical Church of Coney Island at West 8th Street and Neptune Ave. Sunday Worship at 11am. Wednesday Evening Prayer 6:30pm is followed by Good Questions and Better Answers.

Rev. Harvey W. von Harten, Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church of Coney Island

Ms Anna M. Haye, Deacon