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Tornado Recovery: Wait, Pray, Give

An exterior view of Mayfield First United Methodist Church in Mayfield, Ky., shows the roof torn from the middle section of the building after a devastating line of tornadoes leveled the small town on Dec. 10. Photo courtesy of Mayfield First United Methodist Church via Facebook. A deadly tornado outbreak December 10 and 11 produced catastrophic damage and numerous fatalities across portions of the United States including Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and ...

Hope and Help: ERTs from North Georgia Serve in Louisiana

Louisiana Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Bob Deich, at Golden Meadow UMC. Trained Early Response Teams from across the North Georgia Annual Conference deployed last week to Louisiana where they served alongside the Louisiana Annual Conference in response to Hurricane Ida damage.  With a goal to bring hope and help to our neighbors, they found the people of Louisiana themselves to be a beacon of hope. Team members represented Alpharetta UMC, Canton First UMC, Northbrook UMC, Midway ...

Hurricane Ida Update: Wait, Pray, Give, and Prepare

Rev. Scott Parrish, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, shares the following update on Hurricane Ida Response. (Updated August 30) All eyes were on the Gulf as the powerful Category 4 Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday. Our best response today is to pray, wait, actively communicate, and prepare. We'll have more news later from this developing situation as we coordinate with UMCOR & partners in the affected areas to add action to our prayers. As always, don’t self deploy to a disaster ...

Prayer and Giving: UMCOR Supports Afghans in Need

For more than 40 years Afghanistan has been wracked by war, civil strife, invasion, and massive amounts of arms shipped in from outside forces. Millions of Afghans have been displaced as refugees over these many years. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, with high infant and maternal mortality rates. Today the country is again at a point of transition with great uncertainty about the future. Thousands of Afghans are seeking to flee violence and a fear of persecution. Roland ...

Loving Our Neighbor, Responding to Storms

Photo by Larry Garrard. Members of Alpharetta First UMC's Early Response Team pray with a homeowner in Newnan.  By Sybil Davidson MAY 13 UPDATE Last month North Georgia United Methodists gave nearly $52,000 to Disaster Response efforts to support Newnan Area tornado recovery. This is in addition to dozens of trained UMCOR Early Response Teams who served over the past 6 weeks, and an emergency grant awarded from UMCOR just one day after the storm.  As the long-term recovery phase begins in ...

Overnight Storms, Tornadoes, Cause Damage in North Georgia

Major storms crossed the Southeast last week including a tornado causing significant damage in the Newnan area. There are reports of wind damage and localized flooding in other parts of the conference. Our neighbors in Alabama also saw storm damage and multiple fatalities. The North Georgia Conference is coordinating with UMCOR, Early Response Teams, and with Coweta County Emergency Management. Response work is underway. Read on for updates:  UPDATE: March 31 In addition to the trained ERT ...

Hurricane Sally Recovery: Ride Along with Rev. Scott Parrish

While Hurricane Sally is off the minds of many of us here in North Georgia, communities along the Gulf coast are still in the early phases of recovery. The North Georgia Conference has sent several trained ERT teams and would like to send many more. Our Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Rev. Scott Parrish, headed to the Alabama-West Florida Conference to check in on our neighbors and learn more about how we can help! Follow along with Scott:   Downed Trees and Debris Piles Once I got ...

Hurricane Sally Update: Praying for All in the Path of The Storm

Less than one month after the Gulf Coast was struck by Hurricane Laura, all eyes turned this week to Hurricane Sally. Conference leaders have been in contact with counterparts in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and South Georgia as heavy rains and winds from the slow-moving storm may have wide-ranging impact. Many areas of the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama remain without power and are in the early stages of assessment.   "With Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Sally, and the current devastating ...

Praying: Tragic Easter Sunday Storms Take Lives, Damage Communities

Updated April 14 As we continue to learn about damage from the devastating storms across Georgia and the southeast on Easter night, local news outlets are reporting that at least seven people died in our area. Search and recovery efforts are still underway.  Photos from the Chattanooga Times Free Press show the devastation in North Murray County in the Northwest District: https://www.timesfreepress.com/galleries/albums/8856/#images-1   We have received reports of home damage and damage to ...

Work Teams Needed for North Georgia's #SheetrockArmy

Your church is invited to send a team to join the North Georgia Conference #SheetrockArmy to provide help and hope to neighbors across the southeast. There is an overwhelming need for Disaster Response teams and we in North Georgia are perfectly positioned to help. We were among the first to get there after hurricanes struck and we've promised to be among the last to leave. Here are some of the nearby needs and how a team from your church can connect and serve: Alabama-West Florida Conference  ...

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