Did you see the article titled Arms Around a Family, published January 12th on the NCCUMC website? Well, the women from Fletcher’s Chapel UMC in Durham did, and they called a meeting of the whole church to discuss it!
Inspired by the residents of the Village of Aversboro who adopted a family left homeless by Hurricane Matthew, the women wanted to encourage their fellow church members to do the same — only it didn’t take much encouragement. Members wanted to adopt a family that matched their own church demographics, but that was a conundrum because their church really had two dominant groups: elderly families and young families with children. So the church solved the problem by adopting TWO families!
The church’s enthusiastic response did not surprise Pastor Suzanne Cobb who describes the church’s “passion for reaching outside the walls of the church building.” She believes that love is the “heartbeat” of this church: “their love for local teachers and students (a thriving C4C church), the nursing home that serves residents with Alzheimer’s, serving the poor who live in the Appalachian mountains through the Hinton Rural Life Center, and sponsoring a child who lives in Zambia.”
Now, the church opens a loving heart to those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Pastor Cobb says that the church “looks forward to building a relationship with the families that God will connect us with.”
If your church is interested in longer-term family adoptions (1 year), contact Jan Thornton-Irvine at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jan is a retired deacon in full connection who, along with her husband, is a regular volunteer at the NCCUMC Disaster Response Call Center in Garner.