Prayers and relief dollars needed in Southern California
– Keith Hwang, Director of Connectional Ministries, Cal-Pacific Annual Conference
Bishop Beverly J. Shamana has responded to Rev. Hwang’s comment with a letter to California-Pacific Annual Conference promising the prayers of our churches for those battling a natural disaster of unimaginable scale in
In a letter to Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, Bishop Shamana wrote, “We lift our prayers for you and your church leaders, for the families of congregations and the entire community at this time of great concern over the wildfires.”
Wildfires fueled by the hot
“In addition to an emergency grant to support the conference in its initial efforts, disaster response consultants are at the ready to provide the conference with their presence and guidance as needed,” says the Rev. Tom Hazelwood, head of UMCOR’s domestic disaster response.
Persons wishing to make a contribution should write UMCOR Advance
#901670, Domestic Disaster Response –
line of the check and turn it in to their local church treasurer or mail
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Close to 1 million persons have evacuated their homes in the largest evacuation in the country since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
Pastors and congregations of five United Methodist Churches are among the evacuees, according to the San Diego District website. Several other United Methodist congregations remain closely affected although it isn’t known that any United Methodist churches have been damaged by the fires as of yet.
“As always UMCOR offers its prayers and support to those in need,” says Sam Dixon, UMCOR’s chief executive. “We ask for your generous donations to the domestic disaster response advance as recent emergencies have depleted the funds we use to provide relief and support in disasters such as these.”