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Headline News
(24 June 2016)

State of Emergency in 44 Counties

We are waiting on information regarding needs in the affected counties. At this point, monetary gifts may be made to Community Lutheran Partners, Inc., or to West Virginia Council of Churches VOAD. To give through Community Lutheran Partners visit at To give through WVCC VOAD, visit

Disaster response teams should coordinate with Sherri Shafer at Community Lutheran Partners prior to making plans to enter the affected area.

Camp Luther Suspends Operations: All Safe!

0922 EDT: Camp Luther Suspends Regular Operations


Just off the phone with Director Jason Felici. Second survey of Camp Caesar reveals additional damage. The decision has been made not to relocate to Camp Caesar. Consequently, Camp Luther will suspend regular operations. Campers will be transported to Camp Caesar today to secure personal belongings.

1) Each parent on the emergency contact list will receive a phone call today. If you have a cell phone, you may commence travel. If you do not have a cell phone, please stay by your land line or have someone else stay by your land line until you receive a call so that Camp Luther staff can verify that you have received notification and know what your plans are for retrieval of your camper(s). We have no cell service in Webster county, so it will take a while to get all these calls made.

2) Campers who cannot be picked up today will be sheltered at the current site overnight for pick up tomorrow. Arrangements are being made for meals.

3) Campers can be picked up today. The shelter site is

Emmanual Assembly of God Church
5734 Webster Road
Cowen, WV 26206

Be advised, do not put the name of the church into your GPS. It may not take you to the right location. Use the street address.

Please pick up your camper(s) at the shelter site. Be sure to bring identification.

4) Route of travel. Per Webster County Office of Emergency Management, only one road is open into the area at this time. Please take the following:

WV-15-E from Flatwoods, WV,
Merge onto WV-20-S
Continue through Wesbster Springs, WV, on WV-20-S
Emmanuel AG Church will be approximately 1 mile past Camp Caesar.

The southern access (WV-20 from Craigsville) is currently closed, per OEM, because of a fire.

The kids are still safe and secure. Morning worship was held after breakfast, and the kids have had their morning classes. Lunch should be served right about the time of this posting. There will be activities throughout the day and tonight.

West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, 503 Morgantown Avenue, Suite 200, Fairmont, WV 26554
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