Many of the churches in Destin were some of the first responders after Hurricane Michael made landfall. Here are some churches that got off to a quick start helping people to our east.
The youngest of the churches, Oceans Church jumped in and was one of the first on the scene.
“You don’t need to have a church building to be the church,” Pastor Michael Janetis wrote on Facebook. “It’s so humbling yet powerful to see people of God coming together as the body of Christ to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are hurting, broken and in need.”
On Oct. 14 almost 400 people were given packed lunches, baby supplies, hygiene products, snacks, water and more than 100 gallons of gasoline. If you would like to part of the relief efforts, visit oceanschurch.org. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to donate by PayPal.
“Shoreline likes to partner with larger organizations that have the resources and knowledge to address the biggest needs,” said Shoreline Church's Communications Director Molly Williams. “Some of our partners are ARC national, Pensacola Dream Center, Cajun Navy, and Baypointe Church in PCB. All funds will go toward those organizations and our serve teams will partner up with them as soon as we receive direction."
Williams said the public can sign up for service activities and to give to the disaster relief fund at shorelinechurch.churchcenter.com. Donate supplies at the church on Palmetto Street in Destin or any BOTE location. For more information and list of items, visit www.facebook.com/events/2125325474399914/.
Emerald Coast Baptist Church
"We are going to pack our 6-by-14 enclosed trailer as many times as we can with water, personal hygiene items, diapers, and boxed dinners from local restaurants,” said Tim Braddock, pastor of Emerald Coast Baptist. “Our first drop will be this Saturday, Oct. 20. The more money we raise the more aid we can provide. All proceeds will go directly to purchase supplies."
Visit www.gofundme.com/ecbc-hurricane-michael-relief to help.
Village Baptist Church
Village was able to supply more than two truckloads of items to Cedar Grove Baptist Church of Panama City by Oct. 13. There were 25 or 30 people taking refuge in the church building with no power or water. Some were in wheelchairs and on oxygen. On Oct. 12 and 13 the church went to Port St. Joe with supplies and 100 meals, and a team was in Lynn Haven three days later with supplies and chainsaws to help clear trees.
Cash donations can be designated to Disaster Relief at www.villagebaptist.org.
Destiny Worship Center
Destiny Worship Center’s campus in Panama City Beach lost the side of its children's building, but they are helping the community with the necessities they need. People are needed to fill daily volunteer shifts at the PCB campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1-6 p.m. Food will be served daily at the PCB campus for those in need from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Items can be dropped off at DWC in Miramar Beach at weekend services as well as from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday until further notice. To see a list of needed items, visit Destiny Worship Center on Facebook. To make a donation, visit bit.ly/2yzSt28.
Grace Lutheran Church
The day after the hurricane, GraceDestin began collecting to get needed items to Panama City. Plans were made for the Florida Panhandle Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod churches to collect gasoline, water, bread, toiletries, and canned foods among other necessities. Items were dropped at GraceDestin and then taken to Hope Lutheran in Santa Rosa Beach where they were picked up for delivery. To make a donation or get information, call 850-654-1679.