St. Joseph Parish
Update on Prince of Peace Church/Request for Assistance (3/9)
We received this email from Mary Bryant of Prince of Peace Church this morning:
“Fr. Dan Edelen has asked me to correspond with all incoming messages regarding our Prince of Peace church at this time.
Both the church and the rectory have damage. On the left side of the church, the roof above the sanctuary and the brick on the outside of this side of the church has damage. It almost reached to the crucifix on the wall. Fr. Dan’s house also has damage to the roof. I do not believe that he can live there at this time. He has been in Morehead working from there.
2 days ago we were told not to go to the church and begin any work until the insurance company had time to come in and check. Last night I received an email from Fr. Dan saying that we would have mass at the church in the kitchen/reception space (right side of the building) this upcoming Sunday at the regular time. I have not had the chance to talk to him personally about the specifics of this.
I read last night on the licking valley courier Facebook page, or on the Morgan county school Facebook page that phone service is expected to be fully restored in the next week. The power is restored to everyone except about 100 people. With over 4000 people without power, the response from all of the volunteer power companies working around the clock has been outstanding.
We as a parish know that there will be repairs needed. The parishioners that I have been in contact with seem to have survived without much damage. We are so very blessed. I believe Father Dan has been in contact with most.
As a community, the repairs are just as Alicia McClurg mentioned. There are so many people without houses (most having lived in mobile home rentals) and there are few if any places to put them.
Morgan County has had a tremendous outpouring of donations that have been arriving at the Index Community Church. This has become the drop off location for new items (no clothing and no used clothing are being taken at this time) and it has been shipped to various churches, fire stations and community buildings to pass out to the needy in the community.
There is a collection being taken specifically for the people in Morgan County and I will include this information below. I do not know if it can be tagged for a specific group like Prince of Peace. The church may need donations to fix and repair.
As I continue to gather information, I will gladly forward it to you. It is slow in coming due to the breakdown in communications here.
Your church has been so generous to our community. Just last fall we distributed the vast collection of blankets and items that you sent to us for the needy people in our community. We sincerely appreciate all your prayers and support.”
Here is the address for donations I mentioned. Morgan County Christian Services C/o Bank of the Mountains P.O. Box 309 West Liberty, Ky 41472