Rocky/Lake County Fire

September 14, 2015

It was been reported Middletown Community UMC has survived the fire that has burned down a considerable portion of the town of Middletown. Damage assessment will still need to take place.  We have one pastor in the Conference, as well as dozens of parishoners, who are not sure if their homes have survived the fire.
The Rev. Shannon Kimbell-Auth, pastor of United Christian Parish in Lakeport reports the following:
Our church is housing about 20 folks in houses (not at church itself, though that may change as the week progresses). Currently we are operating as a day shelter 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. We have a computer room set up where people can check email, charge cell phones etc.  We have hot food available to eat at all open hours, snacks, and water. We have clothes for men women and children. I picked up more gas vouchers today and we started handing them out as well. We have bathrooms and air conditioning. The need is expected to rise as the week goes on…
The Rev. Cindy Lawler, pastor of Community UMC in Clearlake reports the following:
We had one family here at my house but they have gone to the Bay Area now to be with family. We spent a lot of yesterday sorting donations and distributing them out to shelters. And we still got truck loads in yesterday as we are the destination the OES is giving out for all physical donations. We are a mini distribution center. We did stock the senior center with all the blankets toiletries etc. so they could open and this took our blankets…I will open the church today for a "day shelter" with the air conditioning cranked up to try and filter the air because the smoke is so bad here.
The California-Nevada Conference has benefited tremendously from the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) as we have responded to natural disasters within the bounds of the Conference.  Donating to UMCOR is welcomed. We have also been able to respond to immediate needs from churches and individuals who have donated directly to the California-Nevada Conference.  This has allowed the Conference to meet immediate needs until UMCOR grants arrive, and to meet needs not covered with those grants. 
For churches wishing to donate through the California-Nevada Conference for immediate relief for the fires, and immediate needs of future disasters, make checks payable to "California-Nevada Annual Conference," and write "CN Disaster Response" in the memo line.  Churches can add their donation in with their tithing form and annotate in the area as "other designated giving."  Mail checks to the California-Nevada Conference Center, P.O. Box 980250, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0250. To donate online, click here.
To donate to UMCOR, click here.
Conference officials are in the process of writing another grant proposal for funds from The United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) for the Rocky Fire – Lake County.