Monday, June 13, 2011

Upstate churches unite to help Alabama tornado victims

From Upper South Carolina-

Parishioners from local churches set out Sunday for a mission trip to Alabama.

Four of the eight churches in the Piedmont Convocation of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina were represented by 26 people. They will help assist areas ravaged by tornadoes that claimed lives and destroyed structures in April.

Parishioners will clear debris and do construction work during the week-long mission trip, said the Rev. Fergie Horvath. She coordinates outreach in the Convocation and is a deacon at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church.

Participants will help in the cities of Fort Payne and Rainsville. She said they are going to those locations because that’s where the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama said they were needed.

There were 35 deaths and more than 1,000 structures destroyed in two tornadoes that tore across the county, she said.

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