Members of a Novato church with a bilingual Haitian congregation are meeting this weekend to grieve over friends and family killed in the Haiti earthquake and come up with a plan to send a delegation and supplies from the church to assist in relief efforts.
Edner Eloi, pastor of the Novato-Horeb Seventh-Day Adventist Church, said most of the congregation has many family members and friends in Haiti who lost their lives or are struggling to survive following the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked the country Tuesday.
Eloi said he personally had heard from his brother who had survived, but he has not heard from any other family members. He said that more than 15 friends and family members of his and other church members are believed to have died in the quake.
The pastor and other members of the church will be gathering at 4 p.m. Saturday to work on a plan to send a delegation to Haiti.
The church is also collecting money and supplies to send to Haiti and is providing counseling for people who have lost loved ones.
"We want to come together so we can help our community," Eloi said.
Supplies can be dropped off at the church, located at 1473 S. Novato Blvd.