On Monday, September 17, Bishop Ward traveled to the Fayetteville area to see some places flooded and damaged by Hurricane Florence.
There are lots of folks without peace right now: as I write I am praying for a brother pastor and his son; I am remembering lots of “my” folks whose homes and livelihoods are endangered or destroyed; I am remembering people who have died and who are overwhelmed by the losses Florence ravaged on us…. Continue Reading→
In every disaster, one of the questions we often receive is “Where is UMCOR?”
I understand the question and appreciate that people don’t see a similar response from UMCOR as they see from The Salvation Army or Baptist Men. The answer lies in the structure of our United Methodist connection and the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Once again I found myself directing traffic during a hurricane. Electing to ride out the hurricane in a safer place, I evacuated to go to where I grew up in Godwin, NC. My home place is just off of I-95. Roads were closed due to flooding and trees blocking the roads forced the closing of… Continue Reading→
Join the NC Conference Media Center’s Study Harder Challenge! Your group is invited to expand your circle of influence and try something new by studying resources that apply any of 12 characteristics that will help you think outside the box. Read more about the Study Harder Challenge and download your worksheet. Challenge: Non-Methodist Teacher United Methodists work in… Continue Reading→
A Reflection on James 3:1-12 for the In-Between Time by Rev. Laura Stern We are living in the in-between time. We know there has been death and destruction in our state, on our coast, on the very beaches we have sun-tanned and body-surfed and built sand castles with our kids. We know there has been… Continue Reading→
The Clergy Day Apart, scheduled for Sept. 19, has been transformed into a Day of Response, offering clergy time to volunteer in disaster response. Suggestions for how to spend this day include: 1) Assist Pastor Cris Noble in Belhaven with cleaning out flooded church buildings at Trinity UMC (492 E. Main St., Belhaven). Please meet at 8 a.m. Lunch… Continue Reading→
There are only five days left to register for Evangelism for Non-Evangelists: A Day of Learning with Heather Lear. When: September 24, 9am-3pm (9-9:30 is registration) Where: Genesis United Methodist Church (map) Registration Fee: $25*, includes lunch REGISTER NOW Are you looking for ways to think outside of the box and create lasting connections with… Continue Reading→
Pastors: Know your role and responsibilities in the Conference Disaster Plan and make sure to be familiar with the updated grid. The role of parish pastors can be found on pgs. 5-7. There will be a need for funding. Give online at nccumc.org/disaster. 100% of your donation goes to response/relief efforts. Checks may be given to local churches marked… Continue Reading→
The MERCI Warehouse, (676 Community Dr., Goldsboro) will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 18-19 from 8:30am-4pm to receive items needed for health kits and cleaning kits ONLY. Volunteers are also needed to assemble the kits. Please bring only the items listed – https://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Kits The warehouse will also be open on Saturday, Sept. 22… Continue Reading→