Thank You: Serving Our Neighbors After Historic Hurricanes

10/17/2018

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, we are coordinated and prepared to help each other -- through our gifts and through our presence. 

"Thank you to everyone who has deployed as ERT in the last few weeks," said Rev. Scott Parrish, North Georgia's Disaster Response Coordinator. "And thank you to all who are building teams and getting on the calendar. We continue to have an urgent need for more teams."

Our neighbors send thanks as well.

"It's a wonderful witness and testimony to who we are as United Methodists and to who we are as brothers and sisters in Christ, to all come together in very difficult circumstances. ... God bless you and thank you for all that you're doing," said Rev. Scott Stanhill, pastor of Colquitt UMC in the South Georgia Conference.

Beyond our trained Early Response Teams, mission teams will be needed for weeks, months and even years. Every district in North Georgia will have teams go out to serve. 

"The need is large scale for these historic southeastern storms, so we are looking for an equally large-scale response from North Georgia," said Parrish.

CLICK HERE to e-mail us to let us know if/when an ERT team or mission team from your church has responded to Hurricane Michael or Hurricane Florence through the United Methodist connection.

Thank You for Going

Some of the North Georgia churches who have already responded to Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence are:
  • Mount Pisgah UMC 
  • Mount Bethel UMC Marietta 
  • Mount Zion UMC Marietta 
  • Dacula UMC Food Truck Ministry
  • Cornerstone UMC Newnan
  • St. James UMC Atlanta
  • Alpharetta First UMC
  • LaGrange First UMC providing funds for a POD
  • Volunteers from other North Georgia churches who have joined these teams
  • And many more churches whose names we will continue to add to this list!

Thank You for Giving

In addition to sending teams, North Georgia United Methodists can make a major impact on recovery, especially for recovery in southwest Georgia, by giving. North Georgia Conference Fund #3743 has been established specifically for North Georgia's support of the South Georgia Conference recovery effort.

Donations to help with storm recovery in the South Georgia Conference can be made through any North Georgia Conference church, with gift designated for “Fund #3743 - South Georgia Storm Recovery.” Gifts can also be made at www.ngumc.org/DonateNow.

North Georgia United Methodists have given more than $50,236 this month to disaster recovery and funds are still incoming. 


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