Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Relief

IRMA ♦ Anna Maria Island, for the most part escaped the expected devastation of Hurricane Irma’s wrath. We experienced widespread power outages; some lost all or part of their roofs, and huge trees have been toppled often damaging whatever was in their downward path. But for many of us, although frightening, it was an inconvenience, but also a reminder of how cherished an ordinary day really is.

Locally, we have some problems, and we at Roser have been called upon to help. Further south in our state, as well as in Texas, where the expectations became a reality, there is a great need for assistance. Because of all of the hurricane related needs, the Roser Missions Committee voted to suspend our Mission of the Month program for the months of October, November and December, and ask that you consider making your mission contributions for those months to Disaster Relief. As for Mercy Ships, Salvation Army and Youth for Christ, the three Missions of the Month effected; they will receive their annual donation from Missions funds, and as always, we will keep their important missions in our prayers.

If you would like to help, please be sure to mark “Hurricane Relief” on the memo line of your check or donate online HERE using the line item “Hurricane Relief 2017”. Donations will go toward hurricane relief, including supporting City Pier employees. The missions committee will prayerfully and carefully distribute the gifts that are received.

Anna Maria Island residents and employees experiencing financial hardship can call the church to make an appointment to receive free groceries. To donate or volunteer at the pantry go to or call the church (941-778-0414).

The 9/11 Remembrance blood drive originally scheduled for September 10 was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Now we have an additional mission. Hurricane Irma forced OneBlood to suspend local operations for three days and as a result, there is an urgent need to replenish the area’s blood supply. All donors will receive a T-Shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening! Register for a time slot in the Narthex, call the church (941-778-0414), online at or stop by the Big Red Bus in the Roser parking lot!

Beth-El Farmworker Ministry is working diligently to provide additional support to our community as we recover from Hurricane Irma. They have an urgent need for the following items: Socks and Underwear, Shoes (sneakers), Detergent (laundry and dish liquid), Paper products, Water, Shelf stable foods (canned), Hygiene products. If you would like to help, please bring items and place in the basket in the Narthex or drop the off in the Church office.

Instead of Houston, the team will now go to Naples, FL (First Baptist Church) either Sunday, October 15 to Saturday, October 21 or October 22 – 28. If you are interested in joining the team, please call Neil at 980-521-7129. Thanks so much for your willingness to serve our Lord in this time of great need!

Together we can help others return to God’s beautiful ordinary days.