Many homes, lives, and communities have been uprooted in North Carolina over the past three years due to natural disasters. Memories and treasured possessions lined the streets of coastal communities. Homes that once were a safe haven became unrecognizable. Many homeowners were left with empty homes due to Hurricanes Dorian, Florence, and Matthew. Communities began… Continue Reading→
Much of the work done by Disaster Ministries centers on rebuilding – specifically, rebuilding homes. When teams are working on a job site, they are repairing the damage done by the ravages of wind and rain. Making the house safe and livable is the goal so that we can help people return home and regain… Continue Reading→
Annual Conference has a long history of connecting us through worship and conferencing. It is also a time to share our gifts and talents.
Pilgrimage 2018 is this weekend in Fayetteville and Bishop Ward shares exciting news about this year’s special offering for Conference Disaster Response.
The Disaster Response Committee is making progress with Hurricane Florence Response. Many ERT teams are responding in their local areas throughout the Conference. As areas are declared safe by government officials, we are establishing Early Response sites. As of Wednesday, Sept. 26, there will be active response sites in the Beacon and Sound Districts. These… Continue Reading→
The Media Center has created a new list of books and DVD studies to help your church or small group respond to Hurricane Florence. The list includes resources on: Disaster response God’s will Hope and fear Self-care Grief and loss Some highlights include: Disaster response and preparedness for congregations Multi-week DVD studies on the will… 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.
by Gil Wise Beacon District Superintendent 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… 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→