The UMCOR Hotline
June 12, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
The same storm system that spawned a tornado that tore through the town of Greensburg, Kansas, and surrounding communities caused severe flooding in 14 counties.
UMCOR continues to support the Kansas East Annual Conference as they recover from the damage caused by this destructive storm. UMCOR recently sent an additional grant to help with flood recovery and will keep providing support to the conference's disaster response personnel for as long as it is needed.
UMCOR is helping the Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg support the Zimbabwean refugees seeking safety in South Africa. About 900 refugees are housed in the mission at any given time. They receive safe accommodations, food, water, and medical assistance at the mission.
United Methodists from all areas of the US will gather this fall to learn more about how churches can improve the health of their clergy, congregation and community. This third annual Congregational Health Ministries conference titled Empowering Ministries of Health: Starting,Implementing and Advancing will meet in Wichita, Kan., September 23-26, 2007.
The conference content is geared toward those with a passion for health ministry, a health champion and health educators-people such as parish nurses and other interested individuals. Three program tracks will help those involved in congregational health ministry no matter what stage that ministry is in its development. One track will help churches start a health ministry, another will assist them in implementing it, and a third will focus on advancing an already existing ministry. A fourth track focuses on self care.
Register now! Visit the conference webpage for more information.
MISSISSIPPI: BUILDING ON FAITH TO AIR ON CBS
An interfaith TV special called "Building on Faith" will air on the CBS television network Sunday, June 17. Check your local station for time.
The program features the efforts of faith-based organizations to restore Mississippi communities following Hurricane Katrina. In particular the program features Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and United Methodist relief organizations. Tune in this Sunday to find out more!
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking on any of the "Give Now" links. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.
And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.
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