LERT Training Events – Spring 2017

lert In cooperation and coordination with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Office of Disaster Response, the Florida-Georgia District, LCMS announces the next District sponsored Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) Training session.   Responding to a disaster is a vital part of who we are as members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.  Responding to a disaster allows a congregation to confess Christ to their community, region and world in ways they may have never considered before. The central premise of the LCMS Disaster Response ministry’s training is rooted in this verse “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19, ESV).

The training you receive is rooted within our worship where our Triune God first showed His love to us through the death and resurrection of Christ. We see this love as we are washed in Baptism, fed in the Lord’s Supper and continually nourished through the Word. These ways in which God has shown His mercy and love to us are now turned outwards to our community. Since we have seen God’s mercy shown to us in worship, we can now show that same mercy to members in our community. This training session will address the nature of disasters and explore what our response should be to a disas­ter as members of the LCMS. Using worship as our backdrop, we will explore how Christ has shown mercy to us, and how we can show this world the same Christ-like mercy as we have seen.

The goal of this training is to help congregations and individual members to be better prepared for when a disaster strikes and know how to respond not only within their congregation, but to also respond in Word and deed within their greater community.  Attendees will receive Disaster Response credentials that will give them the ability to enter disaster zones in coordinated LCMS teams to lend aid to those in need.

There are currently 3 LERT Training Opportunities available.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT)

Chainsaw – Team Member and Operator
Messiah Lutheran Church
14920 Hutchison Road
Tampa, FL 33625
​Registration begin 8:15
Cost: LERT – $35
Chainsaw – Team Member & Muck-Out – $25
Chainsaw – Operator – $25

 ​Contact: Joel Mathews, (813) 215-8098 or joel@MercyDisasterResources.org

Saturday, April 1, 2017
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

​Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT)

Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church
101 Pine Lakes Parkway
Palm Coast, FL 32164
Cost: $35
To Register, contact:
​Rev. William Douthwaite
386-503-2384 or padrebill57@gmail.com

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

​Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT)

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
2021 W. State Road 426
Oviedo, FL 32765
Cost: $20

Doors will open at 8:00 am for registration.

The cost of this event will be $20 per person which will cover the cost of lunch and materials.  The fee is payable at the door, checks can be made out to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.   If you have any questions at all, please contact Steve Lehenbauer at St. Luke’s.  His number is 407-365-3408 or via email at slehenbauer@sllcs.org

A bulletin insert for the April 22 training is available here.

To register for the  the April 22 training, complete the form below: