Disaster Response News

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 ...

Giving for Hurricane Relief Nears $700k from North Georgia United Methodists

North Georgia United Methodists have shown an abundance of generosity in response to this fall's hurricanes and tropical storms. Combined September and October giving to UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) through the North Georgia Conference totals $691,263.45. In September $346,812 was given to UMCOR through the North Georgia Conference. The total given in October was $344,450.62. That's not including the gifts sent from North Georgia United Methodists to UMCOR directly.  In ...

Teams Needed from Texas to Florida

North Georgia has received requests for ERTs (Early Response Teams) and mission teams from Annual Conferences affected by recent storms. Coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and South Georgia can all use our help, as can communities affected by Hurricane Matthew last year. Remember that when you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer as a mission team, each requesting Annual Conference controls the process and coordinates the United Methodist response.   Want to Serve in Florida? We ...

Conference Disaster Response Warehouse Opens at Impact

Photo: Volunteers from Headland Heights UMC and Roswell UMC are among the first to drop off at the Conference Disaster Response Warehouse at Impact. Today marks the launch of an exciting partnership between Impact UMC in East Point, the North Georgia Conference, and UMCOR, as Impact has made available its warehouse space to enable North Georgia churches to better respond in disaster. North Georgia United Methodists have shown an abundance of generosity in response to this season's hurricanes ...

North Georgia ERTs Grow in Number

Photo: Mount Pisgah UMC ERTs at work recently in the South Georgia Conference.  With a class of 34 newly trained UMCOR Early Response Team members, the North Georgia Conference grows its number of badged ERTs to 108.  ERTs fill a specific need in the days soon after a natural disaster. ERTs remove debris, clean out flood-damaged homes, listen to survivors and otherwise help to prevent further property damage while providing a caring Christian presence. ERT volunteers are different from general...

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