HURRICANE MICHAEL HELP
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Many of us are asking this question. Our primary partner in disaster recovery is UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the Florida Conference. As we are still in the damage-assessment period, teams have not been mobilized. It is not recommended that church members go to affected areas and try to help on their own.
The recovery period will be long, and we want to be certain to have a centralized effort for the long haul. Here are some ways to get involved today.
VOLUNTEER TRAINING – NOV. 8
Trinity United Methodist Church invites all members of Saint Paul’s Church to a one-hour training for volunteers who will go into Panhandle communities where the hurricane caused destruction and listen to the needs of the citizens there. This “Just-in-Time” training will be led by Pam Garrison, Florida Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, 6:30 pm this Thursday, Nov. 8, Room 305 (enter through the Welcome Center) Trinity UMC, Tallahassee.
CHATTACHOOCHEE SPAGHETTI DINNER
Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church is tentatively planning to make and serve a free spaghetti dinner at a church in Chattahoochee Saturday, November 17, to encourage the people who have suffered losses and weeks of clean-up work. Our church needs your help: please prepare a dessert which does not require refrigeration and/or come to Chattahoochee with us to serve this meal and visit with the people there. Contact Meg Guyton, [email protected], to let us know if you will help by this Sunday, Nov. 11.
BISHOP CARTER HURRICANE MICHAEL FUND
The Florida Conference is taking a special offering specifically to provide help to the many small churches who might have been underinsured for the extensive property damage they suffered. This gift has the potential to be matched at $500,000. We will receive this offering on Sunday, October 21, but donations toward the matching grant will be accepted until December 31. Please be generous in your giving. Make checks out to the FLORIDA CONFERENCE TREASURER and mark ‘Bishop Carter Hurricane Michael fund.’ Together, we can raise a million dollars to help churches recover! There is also a link on the FLUMC webpage for online giving.