Disaster Response News

Thank You: Serving Our Neighbors After Historic Hurricanes

Photo: A note of thanks on a napkin arrived in place of the bill after dinner for an ERT team from Mount Pisgah UMC serving in New Bern, NC. North Georgia Conference Early Response Teams (ERTs) were among the first on the ground in North Carolina and South Carolina following Hurricane Florence. They have already begun working side by side with neighbors in Southwest Georgia. And they are standing by to serve along the Florida Panhandle when they are needed. Thanks to our connectional system, ...

Our Prayers are With All in the Path of Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael is most powerful storm to hit the US in decades. There is devastation across parts of the Florida panhandle and Southwest Georgia. As we wait for assessments and emergency responders to do their work, North Georgia United Methodists are encouraged to pray, give generously, assemble Cleaning Buckets, and begin planning mission trips.  Our Response Our best first responses are prayer and giving. Mark gifts for NGUMC Fund #4390 for US Disaster Response. The Conference is also ...

Conference Collecting UMCOR Cleaning Buckets

(Johns Creek UMC members assemble UMCOR Cleaning Buckets. Photo: Ansley Brackin) Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday as the most powerful storm to hit the US in decades. As we wait for assessments and emergency responders to do their work, there is a need for UMCOR Relief Supplies. The North Georgia Conference is collecting assembled Cleaning Buckets. Find instructions at Completed buckets may be delivered to the Conference Disaster Response ...

Give, Train, Go! North Georgia Responds to Hurricane Florence

Updated Oct 5 North Georgia United Methodists have a three part response plan as we respond to our neighbors who suffered damage from Hurricane Florence: Give, Train, Go. ERT Teams Needed The North Carolina and South Carolina Conferences have issued an invitation for ERT from North Georgia to help respond to hurricane damage. Only the ERT Team Leader should call or email the North or South Carolina Conferences as they will be the only point of contact. To Respond in North Carolina ...

Fund Number Set for Hurricane Florence Response

As Hurricane Florence makes landfall in the Carolinas, the North Georgia Conference stands ready to help.  The Conference has set Fund Number 9431 for Hurricane Florence Relief. Any North Georgia United Methodist can give directly to their church, designating their gift for Fund #9431 or Hurricane Florence Relief. Churches should send gifts to the North Georgia Conference, indicating the above fund number. If your church or church property is damaged, make two phone calls: Church Trustees ...

Send Me! Where to Help After Completing UMCOR ERT Training

Hundreds of North Georgia United Methodists have gotten certified as UMCOR Emergency Response Team members this winter. For those with new ERT badges and others who'd like to serve their neighbors, there is great need. We checked in with Rev. Scott Parrish, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator to find out "what next"? While there's not any early stage response, there are plenty of opportunities to help others, to get experience as a team, and to help with later stage Disaster Response. ...

More Than Building Homes: Update from Our Partners in Lumberton, NC

(Photo collage courtesy of Wesley UMC, Augusta)  We checked in with our partners in Lumberton, NC, where work is still underway from Hurricane Matthew. Since late 2016 a number of North Georgia Conference teams, including Conference staff, cabinet members, and Bishop Sue, have traveled to this community that greatly needs our help. "Wesley UMC from Augusta is here again being led by team leader Dan Armstrong," said Ann Wade, site manager for the North Carolina Conference in Lumberton. "They ...

Mission Information for Your Church as We Start 2018

Rev. Scott Parrish shares the following important mission updates for your church. From preparation to training to dreaming, these are timely topics to be sure your congregation considers.  Church of Excellence Church of Excellence offers any size church, with any level of mission experience, a guide to create a strong United Methodist-approach to mission for their congregation. Find the criteria, with an accompanying link with more details, at

Save the Date: Slate of ERT Trainings Scheduled This Season

As our neighbors near and far recover from a particularly destructive hurricane season, we in North Georgia can prepare to help now and into the future by getting trained and badged as UMCOR Early Response Teams and Spiritual and Emotional Care team members.  The North Georgia Conference will offer a slate of UMCOR ERT and Spiritual and Emotional Care trainings between Jan. 20 and March 10 in locations across the Conference. Each training will be held from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Additional ...

Disaster Response Coordinators Pray, Cheer as Relief Supplies Ship to Puerto Rico

Praying over UMCOR relief supplies bound for Puerto Rico From Rev. Scott Parrish UMCOR staff, consultants, and the disaster response coordinators from annual conferences across the United States gathered at the Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana this week. It was a time to hear updates on the numerous natural disasters ranging from hurricanes to fires that occured over the last year. The group also participated in continuing education and strategizing as evaluate the past year and plan ...

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