Updated: 4:27 pm on 4/21/11.
Please also consider reaching out financially by giving online to NC Storms Emergency Response – Advance #S-00176. 100% of every gift to this Advance will go to storm response. Send remittances, using the Conference remittance form, to Conference Treasurer, P.O. Box 60053, Charlotte, NC 28260.
For further information regarding Relief efforts around the NC Conference, please see:
The TV news reported this morning figures that already are out of date: the intense storms that coursed through eastern North Carolina on Saturday, April 16, claimed 24 lives, destroyed 439 homes, and another 7000 homes and businesses were damaged. The numbers continue to rise. They do not include the number of fields, already sown for summer’s crops, that were torn up. The numbers do not report the tears shed, expressions of joy over lives spared, or the tears of despair at the sight of the rubble. The numbers cannot contain the worry over how to cope with the loss.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters affected by the storms, as they are more than numbers to God and to us. Pray for the volunteers who are coming with energy, compassion and tools to help NC rebuild. Pray for donors who may not have any other way to support the effort of recovery.
The numbers will be different tomorrow, and with your help, a lot of other things will be different, as well.
Ways To Help
Bishop Gwinn, Connectional Ministries, and the Disaster Response Team request that congregations of the NC Conference receive an offering for responding to the victims of the April 16th tornadoes that devastated many of our NC Conference communities. Please receive this as soon as possible on any appropriate Sunday. 100% of every gift for this offering will go directly for storm response.
You can donate online at: Tornado Response – NC Advance #S-00176. You can also send funds to: NC Conference, P.O. Box 60053, Charlotte, NC 28260. Please be sure to note Advance #S-00176.
Find out more on the Outreach Ministry’s Response information post.
Send Photos & Stories
Send the Conference tornado photos*: Send photos showing the storm effects in your area to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please identify photos with the name and phone number or email address of the photographer and where the photo was taken.
We want to hear your stories. How is your church reaching out to persons affected by the April storms? Tell us how your church has or plans to be in ministry to persons in your community dealing with the aftermath of these storms. Email your stories to email@example.com. Be sure to include your name and the church name and location.
*By sending photos and stories to the Conference, you are granting the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church a non-exclusive and royalty-free license to use, reproduce, distribute, and display in connection with the nccumc.org Website and any other North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church or United Methodist Church business, You further agree that you will not: (1) submit material that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the material and to grant the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church all of the license rights granted herein; (2) publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage the North Carolina Conference, the United Methodist Church or any third party; (3) submit material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, menacing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate; or (4) impersonate another person.