Western U.S. Flooding
Report from pastor in Lyons, Col.
On Wednesday, September 18, John Buechner, Pastor of Pinewood Springs Presbyterian Church in Lyons, Colorado, shared the following Good News and Bad News. Lyons is one of the Colorado communities severely impacted by the recent flooding.
“First the Good News:
So grateful our church turned out to be very helpful to the folks stuck in Pinewood Springs. We had about 30 folks show up this past Sunday where we emptied our little food bank and then used our propane-run stoves in the Fellowship Hall to feed people a good soup and bread lunch/dinner. From what I can tell, the families are fine and many of the homes are fine. Many have been evacuated but some are attempting to stay (these are mountain folk, after all). I am grateful and thankful and praying for all of them! I am praying for safety and for the ability to not let pride keep some from being safe and consequently rescued — Pride gets in the way of everything.
“Now the Bad news:
Although the church is high and dry and although many homes are in decent condition, the town is to be evacuated. People cannot get down to Lyons, and they cannot get up to Estes. There simply are no roads. Those who have left have become scattered to many places — hotels, friend's homes, and the like. How does a pastor help the scattered? I cannot get into Lyons, let alone Pinewood, and those who are leaving are told not to reenter for the time being. I am not sure how long it will be until we can all meet again together as a congregation.
"Please pray for wisdom and solutions and God's providence — So many are hurting in our State right now.”