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→
The North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation, recently awarded the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (NC Conference) $17,500 to support the unmet needs of families in Robeson County who were victims of Hurricane Matthew. At least five families will benefit from this generosity. Funds… Continue Reading→
In spring 2018, the American Red Cross awarded the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (NC Conference) a $13,900 grant to provide funding for rebuilding homes in Robeson County affected by Hurricane Matthew. During the grant period, April 1 – June 30, funds were to be disbursed among several homes, with the recommendation… Continue Reading→
Bishop Ward and Ann Huffman discuss disaster response as we are now in the midst of hurricane season and approaching the second anniversary of Hurricane Matthew.
During this holiday week, Bishop Ward reminds us that God’s grace is for all people in all places.