Sunday, March 04, 2007

Trinity Church, Pass Christian, MS

The following is a summary of a recent conference call members of my church, St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Coeur d'Alene, ID, had concerning Katrina recovery efforts at Trinity Church in Pass Christian, MS and Camp Coast Care, the Episcopal relief operation in Mississippi. Read for an update on Pass Christian and information on getting involved with the recovery yourself. I have some photos of Trinity Church from when I visited it that I'll post later (I'd put them up now, but I'm not on my own computer and don't have access to them at the moment). I was not on this call, but this message was forwarded to me:


"Today's robust conversation on the conference call with other Trinity advocates identified several alternatives for future volunteers.

Chris Colby told of the wonderful progress in developing plans for the existing damaged church structure. It is to be refurbished to become the parish hall. A raised plaza is to be in front. And, a new worship space is to be built on the west side. That new facility is to be 6-8 feet above the ground to provide shaded parking under. Later, maybe next year, a third building is to be built for class rooms. Across the street to the east the city is planning to build both an elementary and a middle school. There will be a day care center and a full size gym. This concentration of children is encouraging to Jeremy, Trinity's youth director who is already developing plans for an expanded youth program. The outreach arm of the Billy Graham organization has donated funds and contractors to build a complete play ground in front of the Trinity church where about five acres of open space are available. One statistic observed by Chris Colby: If 50 houses per day were to be built it would take 10 years to replace the houses along the gulf coast that were taken away by Katrina. An interesting fact: Chris is looking for church pews that do not float to fill the rebuilt church. A chronic problem along the coast is a lack of contractors and that is the reason that volunteers are needed for homes. To donate, one can adopt a family through the Camp Coast Care operation. Pam, the Trinity secretary, is to move into her newly built home with donated furniture in March.

Places that really need volunteers:

Trinity youth program with Jeremy beginning in mid-June and lasting 6 weeks. He can be reached at 724-333-5966.

Join a work team to build houses through the existing Episcopal Camp Coast Care operation. See their web site which is very descriptive regarding volunteer requirements and other information.
Go to

Join a work team with the Mennonites who are hard at work daily building homes along the coast.
Their number is, 228-452-1114."


doctorj2u said...

Thanks Nathan for keeping up the interest. Trinity Episcopal is my mom's church. I saw what was left of the church after the storm-the studs. I looked for an e-mail address to send you a picture of it, but I didn't see one. Pass Christian was once a beautiful southern seaside town full of beautiful Victorian mansions. It will never be the same. I have to laugh (sadly) when politicos say that MS has done such a better job than LA. I see with my own eyes the losses and the lack of true recovery. Vacant weed filled lots must be A-OK to these people. I even sent a picture to one of them in South Carolina of the destroyed beach front homes as proof of the level of destruction. He sent an e-mail back saying in so many words that my 80 year old mother got what she deserved living so close to the water. Is this my country? Are we not Americans too? How can people be so cruel? If I had not lived it, I wouldn't think this cruelty was possible in the USA. That is why it is SO IMPORTANT for me to read of people like you. You are the America I thought existed before the storm.

cehwiedel said...

This post will be included in today's edition of the Carnival of Hurricane Relief. See:

If you have recent photographs that you would be willing to allow CoHR to use as banner illustrations for the homepage, please let me know.