Nine Church of God in Christ churches that have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy will receive assistance.
The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is giving $50,000 to COGIC churches damaged by Sandy. The churches that will receive these funds are: Community COGIC-Arverne, NY; Harvest On The Atlantic COGIC- Island Park, NY; Far Rockaway COGIC-Far Rockaway, NY; Gethsemane COGIC-Inwood, NY; Highway COGIC-Far Rockaway, NY; Bethlehem COGIC-Rockaway Beach, NY; Living Proof COGIC-Bayshore, NY; New Redeemed Pentecostal Temple COGIC-Atlantic City, NJ; and Mt. Zion COGIC- Atlantic City, NJ .
The damage includes ocean water entering church buildings, destroying roofing, flooring and electronic equipment. Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., says "the damage to our churches in the Northeast corridor was particularly severe in New York and New Jersey. We understand the need thus, COGIC is committed to providing assistance to our churches with this $50,000 donation."
Bishop Blake further states, "in the aftermath of the hurricane some COGIC churches have been displaced by the damage to their buildings. These funds will go a long way in helping to get our churches back on their feet. The money will be dispersed immediately so that construction and repairs can begin as soon as possible."
In October 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. The storm became the largest and costliest Atlantic hurricane on record. The hurricane killed 125 people in the United States alone. An estimate of losses due to damage and business interruption is over $60 billion.
The Church of God in Christ is the fifth largest Protestant religious denomination in the United States, the largest Pentecostal church in the country and the second largest Pentecostal organization in the world with churches in 60 countries worldwide and an estimated membership of nearly 6.5 million members. For more details, visit www.cogic.org.