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Situation Report
Explosion in East Harlem, New York


An explosion collapsed two buildings in East Harlem, New York, on Wednesday morning, March 12.  The five-story buildings near 116th Street and Park Avenue housed apartments, a church and a piano store.  Seven people are reported deceased, many were injured, and some are still missing.

PDA has been in contact with the Presbytery of New York City’s executive presbyter.  The Chair of the Presbytery of New York’s disaster response task force is tracking the impact of the event, and churches in the area have been contacted to assess the impact on their local communities and members.

PDA stands ready to assist the presbytery as needed.

What you can do

Give.  Share your financial blessings to support response to disasters in the United States.  Designate gifts for DR000015.  Individuals may give through your local Presbyterian congregation, online, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. 

Act.  Like us on facebook (PDAcares) and share updates with your congregation and others.

Pray.  Please pray that through the response of the faith community, the families impacted by the explosion will be reminded of the faithful hope and comfort that is found in Christ; and that our God of peace will guide and  strengthen those who are working diligently in the rescue operations.

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PHP Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee meets March 30 - April 1, 2014, in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee and Self-Development of People Steering Committee.

PDA Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

In a One Great Hour of Sharing Joint Meeting, The PDA Advisory Committee will meet in conjunction with PHP Advisory Committee and the SDOP Steering Committee March 30 – April 1 at the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Discussions will include the work and vision of each department, long term Presbyterian involvement, issues and generative thinking.  A mission site tour will be made, followed individual committee meetings, and PHP will visit grant partner, Latino Farmer’s Cooperative of Louisiana.

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Oct. 8 - 10, 2014

PDA Advisory Committee meets October 8–10 in Louisville.

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