In the wake of the Nashville storms and tornado and during the ongoing disaster ministry work in the North Carolina Conference, Bishop Ward encourages us to support UMCOR Sunday during the month of March.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.
The Nashville tornados last week bring to our hearts and minds yet again the ministry of The United Methodist Church in the wake of natural disasters. Here in the North Carolina Annual Conference, we are well aware of the need for partnership in this long-enduring work.
After four hurricanes in four recent years, we continue to receive teams, to receive donations and to rebuild homes. As we move farther from these catastrophic events in our own region, the offerings, the resources begin to be diminished and we will need to close some of the Disaster Recovery Centers in the months to come.
Now is the time to organize a team from your church. Now is the time to receive an offering. Now is the time to join hands with others in this ongoing work of recovery.
United Methodist Committee on Relief Sunday (UMCOR) is the fourth Sunday in Lent. I hope that you will receive the annual offering for UMCOR. These offerings are used to undergird UMCOR in the ministry of response in the United States and around the world when disasters happen.
Thank you for your generosity in continuing to strengthen our shared ministry and for your generosity directly to The North Carolina Conference in the rebuilding of homes. This is an essential work of our life together in this time.
Thank you for all that you will continue to do.