How to Respond to the Shootings in Orlando: Love in Action
Updated Thursday, June 16, 2016
We mourn with our city following the recent violent shootings in our community. Our prayers are with the families who mourn the loss of loved ones, and with those wounded. We pray together, seeking God's restoration and healing for our city, and stand with #OrlandoUnited.
How to Respond
Continue to Pray
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando participated in a citywide prayer gathering at First Baptist Church of Orlando on Tuesday, June 14. If you were not able to attend, Watch the video
Please continue to pray for our city. If, like us, you are saddened, angry, frustrated, afraid, or simply at a loss: find comfort in the presence of others, find peace in the presence of God, and #prayforOrlando. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
Volunteer to Serve
The City of Orlando has an online form for anyone who wants to help volunteer.
Make an Appointment to Donate Blood
Give blood by scheduling an appointment, which will help donation centers manage capacity.
Donate Money to Help the Families of the Victims
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the formation of the OneOrlando Fund, the purpose of which is to raise and receive money to help those families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded on June 12, 2016 in our community.
The OneOrlando Fund is a project of Strengthen Orlando, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation created for the purpose of supporting and starting projects to strengthen the Orlando community.
Love One Another
Reach out to your neighbors. Comfort the distressed. Offer to pray with them. You can be the healing presence of Jesus in our hurting community. Be that presence in public, in private and on social media. We are #OrlandoUnited. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
“Pain binds us together as a community. Pain causes people to stop and search and ask hard questions about meaning and eternity. And through it all, it offers us the opportunity to love and comfort and serve others well." says Dr. David Swanson. Read more on his blog.