Just a quick note to update our friends. Last night St. Tammany Parish issued mandatory evacuations for everyone south of I-12 (that’s most of our people and our church building). So worship services have been canceled this morning and everyone has been urged to head further north.
I’ve talked to a few of our friends and TOCC family members this morning. Most are out of town or getting that way. We have several people who have decided for one reason or another to stay and whether the storm. Several live north of I-12 or on particularly high ground. While this is certainly raising my anxiety level, I understand. (For those who aren’t familiar with our geography, we’re on the north shore of lake Pontchartrain – we don’t have the levee issues that New Orleans has.)
I know this is the case already, but we ask that you continue to remember in prayer the residents of the Gulf Coast. Should the storm make landfall in our area we will be activating the Tammany Oaks website message board for updates and communication (it had been deactivated because of ridiculous amounts of spam).
In that event you can check in at http://www.tammanyoaks.org and click on “message boards” at the top of the page.