Friends, one of the pillars of our ministry is “Community.” That means, we are Alive in Christ IN this community FOR this community. God has placed this church here in the midst of the people of the Copper Country for the last 150 years. Two years into this church’s long history a fire destroyed all of downtown Hancock except for 2 buildings – one being our [old] church building. I’m sure the members of Saints Peter and Paul were right in the middle of the rebuilding efforts. So are we and will continue to be here at this time in our community as we recover and rebuild after a crazy evening of rain on Saturday night.

How can you help? First of all – look around your own neighborhoods and see who you can help. Then spread out from there. If you’re looking for places to go, the official County Volunteer Resource Center is being housed at Evangel Baptist Church in Houghton. You can stop by there or call 906-233-6621 to volunteer.

We threw together a quick crew (including campers from Keweenaw Base Camp) on Monday to do some initial clean-up in downtown Houghton. You can see all the pictures here on our Facebook page.

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ABC news came out and included us in their story. You can view that here:

In the coming days we hope to organize a few crews to go to some harder hit areas and help with the ongoing clean-up. We’ll keep you posted.

If you live afar or would like to help monetarily, we have set up a designated fund for relief, and rebuilding efforts. You can give online here ( and select “Flood Relief” as your fund. Or send a check to:
Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church
1010 Madeleine St.
Houghton, MI 49931
(write “flood relief” in the memo line)

Funds donated will go directly to support the clean-up after June 16th’s historic storm in The Copper Country. We will utilize the dollars to buy supplies for clean-up crews, household repairs and purchasing food and water for victims, volunteers, and workers.

If for some reason we do not exhaust these funds they will be utilized for future emergency relief needs among our members and community.

Two local foundations have also set up funds to support these efforts as well and have guaranteed 100% of funds to go to these needs.

Portage Health Foundation or Keweenaw Community Foundation both of which have set up designated funds to send 100% of donations to those in need in the community.

You’re blessed to be a blessing. Go love your neighbors!

Alive in Christ!

Pastor Aaron