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Give, Pray, Go: Mission Trip to The Philippines Already Planned

11/12/2013
United Methodists are among those starting to provide emergency supplies while assessing damages from the powerful Nov. 8 storm, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. As Bridges mission partners with United Methodists of the Philippines, North Georgia is already reaching out to our connections in the country as well. Northwest District Superintendent Herzen Andone has been in touch with Bishop Juan of the Philippines to express both our sorrow at the loss of life and our willingness to ...

Praying for the Philippines, Responding to Typhoon Haiyan

11/11/2013
We have followed the devastation and the impact on the largest storm in recorded history, Super Typhoon Haiyan, as it hit the Philippines and continued its path toward Vietnam. The rescue and recovery efforts are already underway.  The United Methodist Committee On Relief's initial response will involve distribution of food and water purification tablets.    UMCOR has a field office in the Philippines and has been partnering with the local people for some time to prepare this area in the event ...

Recovery Teams Needed in Alabama West Florida and Colorado

10/10/2013
Teams Needed in Alabama-West Florida Conference Disaster recovery efforts continue in the Mobile and Marianna/Panama City districts following severe flooding. Hundreds of homes have been damaged in several counties following extensive rain in these areas. Volunteer teams are being accepted October 1 for each area. Teams do not have to be ERT certified, but it would be most helpful for the leaders to have UMVIM Team Leader training or other volunteer site training. Notes: Team members must be ...

Prayer, funds needed after Colorado floods

9/13/2013
By Heather Hahn United Methodist News Service United Methodists in Colorado are asking for prayers and monetary donations in the wake of ongoing floods that have ripped up roads, cut off communities and taken the lives of at least four people. “My prayers are with all who are responding to flooding along the Front Range today,” Mountain Sky Area Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky posted on Facebook. “And more to come. God is in the midst of the trouble. A very present help in time of need.” With ...

Disaster Response Update: Responding to Gilmer County Floods

8/28/2013
Gilmer County was struck by flooding earlier this month, washing out roads, causing mudslides and of course, damaging homes. North Georgia Conference Disaster Response has already begun to help. "We have distributed 60 flood buckets so far," said Rev. Thom Shores, pastor of Bright Star UMC and a member of the Conference Disaster Response Team. Teams from Jasper UMC and Cartecay UMC have helped to muck out homes. More teams will likely be needed as damage is fully assessed. To volunteer, ...

UMCOR's Head of US Disaster Response Asks for Your Support

7/9/2013
In a new video, Greg Forrester, UMCOR's (United Methodist Committee on Relief) US Disaster Response executive, urges United Methodist congregations to come together and assemble the much-needed relief supplies. Bedding packs, cleaning buckets, health kits, layette kits and sewing kits are among the supplies most needed.    These relief supply items are a tangible and practical way to help survivors of natural and human-caused disasters. They can be shipped to any of the depots in the UMCOR ...

United Methodists Near and Far Embrace Oconee St UMC After Fire

6/24/2013
By Ansley Brackin People who live by the motto “out with the old and in with the new,” are usually referring to simple changes within their control: clothes, hairstyles, or furniture. Oconee Street United Methodist Church in Athens felt the weight of these words when a fire unexpectedly deemed their historic church home of 110 years as unusable. But the jolt of this situation was almost immediately buffered. Allison Floyd, Young Harris Memorial UMC’s Children and Youth Programs Coordinator, ...

5 Ways You Can Help the Oklahoma Tornado Survivors

6/10/2013
The human spirit shines in times of disaster. In the aftermath of the May 20 tornado that destroyed parts of Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding towns, individual volunteers and community groups across the country are looking for ways to lend a hand.  One Great Hour of Sharing, a program of The United Methodist Church, has put together the following list of suggestions: 5 Ways Everyone Can Provide Help And Hope To The Oklahoma Tornado Survivors 1.     Prayer Go to www.umc.org/disaster-pray for a ...

ERT Teams Needed for Continued Recovery in Northeast US and Northeast Georgia

3/28/2013
ERT teams are needed in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference and North Georgia   SANDY HURRICANE RECOVERY & ASSESSMENT For those teams wanting to go to help with the Sandy Hurricane Disaster there is a new contact email, umcorteamcrisfield@comcast.net.  The need for ERT teams is increasing as warm weather comes. Zion UMC in Salisbury, Maryland is able to provide housing and to feed teams. Please email to reserve space for your team.   Contact information: Rev. D.Richard Walton, Sr Pastor, Zion UMC ...

Vaughn UMC celebrates rebirth just in time for Easter

3/27/2013
By SYBIL DAVIDSON  In April 2011, severe storms caused damage from one side of Georgia to the other. The rural community of Vaughn in the Griffin District was hit hard.      Thirteen houses in one neighborhood and Vaughn UMC, the 107-year-old church that sat atop a hill, were destroyed.     UM churches across the North Georgia Conference sprang into action. The following Sunday they collected special offerings and mission teams signed up to work.      Two years later, as the world-wide ...

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