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Praying, Giving, Serving: Responding to Damage from Tornadoes, Severe Storms Across North Georgia
1/26/2023
Updated January 27 "On behalf of the North Georgia Conference, we send our earnest prayers to all those persons and communities affected by the recent tornadoes. We also pray for generosity and provision asking individuals, churches, and organizations to contribute to UMCOR." —Bishop Robin Dease (Read the full message from Bishop Dease.) Along the path of a tornado in Griffin. Photo by Mark Brown. North Georgia United Methodists join in prayer for all who were affected by the January 12 ...
Early Response Teams from North Georgia Continue to Respond to Hurricane Damage in Florida
12/14/2022
After the news stories subside it's easy to forget about the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole this fall. But North Georgia United Methodists haven't forgotten and keep showing up. Last week, two Early Response Teams from North Georgia served in Florida in coordination with the Florida Annual Conference. A team with members from Northside UMC, Hillside UMC, and Due West UMC served on the Fort Myers coast while a team from Alpharetta First UMC, Midway UMC, Northbrook UMC, ...
North Georgia Conference Receives $500k Grant from UMCOR for Newnan Tornado Recovery
10/27/2022
Members of Alpharetta First UMC's Early Response Team pray with a homeowner in Newnan in March of 2021. Photo by Larry Garrard. The North Georgia Conference received word this week that we have been awarded a grant of $500k for Newnan Tornado Recovery from UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief). This is the largest grant our conference has ever received from UMCOR. On March 26, 2021, an F4 tornado struck Newnan and Coweta County. The total damage area extended beyond 31 miles and ...
100 for Florida: We Need Your Church to Serve in Florida Disaster Response Effort
10/13/2022
Your help is needed in response to Florida Hurricane Recovery. As our neighbors in the Florida Annual Conference face a 20-county clean-up effort following Hurricane Ian, the North Georgia Conference is looking to multiply our numbers in service in Florida in the coming weeks. Our goal is for representatives from 100 churches to commit to serving, "boots on the ground," in Florida.  What can my church do? Identify two or three already-badged ERT or skilled workers willing to serve Encourage ...
Hurricane Ian Response Update: Praying, Giving, Serving
10/5/2022
October 13 Update In the last 10 days, the North Georgia has sent two ERT groups, delivered two truck-loads of supplies, delivered our conference shower trailer as Florida opens another church to host ERT in Fort Myers, and some of these same ERT who served in the last week are in the queue to return! Now, we need your help.  As our neighbors in the Florida Annual Conference face a 20-county clean-up effort following Hurricane Ian, the North Georgia Conference is looking to multiply our ...
UMCOR Awards Solidarity Grant to the North Georgia Conference for Catoosa and Floyd County Flood Response
9/7/2022
UMCOR has awarded a solidarity grant of $10,000 to the North Georgia Conference to support initial relief efforts for the damage caused by severe flooding in Chattooga and Floyd Counties this weekend. The Conference is coordinating with a range of local and state partners including GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management) and Georgia VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) as the assessment phase continues.  "Sometimes the best thing to do is wait. The flood happened on Sunday and Monday ...
Disaster Response Update: Flooding in Eastern Kentucky
8/2/2022
North Georgia United Methodists join in prayer for all affected by recent historic flooding in Kentucky and stand ready to help.  Stephen Redmond, our North Georgia Conference Disaster Response Warehouse Manager, delivered a truckload of North Georgia cleaning buckets to Jackson, Kentucky, this week in coordination with UMCOR and the Kentucky Annual Conference. "I was able to deliver the cleaning buckets to United Methodist Mountain Missions safety," reported Stephen. "This was a true ...
Tornado Recovery: Wait, Pray, Give
12/14/2021
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
10/5/2021
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
8/29/2021
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 ...
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