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Rio Texas Annual Conference Extends Invitation for Trained ERT Teams

5/28/2015
Volunteers assemble at First United Methodist Church of San Marcos. Photo by Rev. Todd Salmi The Rio Texas Conference has extended an invitation for trained ERT teams to deploy to areas affected by the flooding in Texas.  They are currently deploying teams in Wimberley and San Marcos but may have additional areas within the week.    Teams should register at http://riotexas.org/flood-updates. They will then be contacted by the Rio Texas Conference ERT team coordinator. They have churches that ...



A Great Time Waiting to Happen at Alabama UMCOR Depot

7/11/2014
By Jonathan Brown    I am just returning from a meaningful mission trip with Zoar UMC's youth group to the UMCOR Depot in Decatur, Ala. Zoar UMC has long been a mission focused church. When I joined with them in ministry as youth director, the youth and church leaders had a strong desire to develop a mission-centered youth group. The expectation was to have a youth mission trip for the summer of 2015. One of our church leaders, Terry Raymond, presented us with an opportunity to get our young ...



Hundreds of Homes and Churches Damaged in Alabama-West Florida Conference

5/6/2014
Please read and share the update below from Alabama-West Florida Conference Bishop Paul Leeland regarding last week's storms: Dear friends and colleagues in ministry, The immediate storm within the bounds of our conference produced more rain water than Hurricane Ivan. Hundreds of homes and churches were damaged by the storm. As your Bishop, allow me to invite your prayers and generosity to offer a healing presence within our communities as we share a compassionate presence to bring relief and ...

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, ...

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