ELCA Members Support Those Impacted by Flint Water Crisis

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​           CHICAGO (ELCA) – In response to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., members from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Livonia, Mich., delivered more than 3,000 gallons of donated water Jan. 31 to the congregation of Salem Lutheran Church in Flint.image19-01-2016-15.06.56-300x183
“I thought it was a tremendous outpouring of love,” said the Rev. Monica Villarreal, pastor of Salem. “It was a wonderful expression of love that came to Flint.”
“We’ve got a little heart for Salem and what they’re doing in Flint,” said Kathy Weinberg, a member of Holy Trinity. “We know how important it is that they stay in their community and reach out to the people.”
Villarreal said including the donations from Holy Trinity, Salem has received water from 25 Michigan congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Villarreal, who was born and raised in Flint, said the city’s water crisis has affected her “personally as well as professionally.”
“This situation has changed how I view ministry. It’s changed how I view my work and role as a pastor,” she said. “The church must be a place of the community. The church is, in fact, the people. And when you’re serving in a community that has been afflicted upon in the ways that Flint, Michigan, has, there is no boundary. The church walls explode and we become the body of Christ, the wounded body of Christ in the world.”  Read More

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