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  • March 22, 2011

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*JAPAN: Solidarity and Gratitude

*REFUGEE MINISTRY: A Web of Mutual Blessing

*UMCOR: One Great Hour of Sharing, April 3

*US: Spring Storms


Since the emergency triggered by a massive, 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the resulting tsunami and nuclear radiation threat in Japan on March 11, United Methodists and other people of goodwill have been anxious to help.

In a letter, the Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), praised the outpouring of solidarity and also explained in detail the organization’s response to this emergency.

“We have received thousands of phone calls, emails, Facebook posts, and donations from people whose hearts are aching for the people of Japan and who are looking for meaningful ways to respond,” the letter says. “I want to share with you how we are responding on your behalf to the great needs.”

Read the full text of the letter here.

One hundred percent of your gift to Japan/Pacific Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021317, supports UMCOR’s relief efforts in Japan. Online Giving Learn more


“Refugee resettlement reminds us of our common humanity,” says Senior Pastor Barry Petrucci of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Portage, Michigan. His congregation has long experience in this ministry and has sponsored four families in the past 15 years, most recently, a family from Iraq.

“Some are in a position of being helpful, and others of needing help,” Petrucci says. “We are in a web of mutual blessing.”

Chapel Hill UMC is featured in the Church Sponsorship Spotlight in the current edition of UMCOR’s Refugee Ministry Newsletter. Read more here. Please give to Refugee Response, UMCOR Advance #982540. Online Giving


When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you free up designated program funds for exclusive use in the relief and development field, and particularly in response to catastrophic emergencies, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Because One Great Hour of Sharing covers UMCOR’s cost of doing business, guaranteeing that the personnel and administrative support so necessary to our prompt response to crises is firmly in place, UMCOR is able to use 100 percent of your program-specific donations for the end you intend.

Your gift to One Great Hour of Sharing is your way of claiming ownership of a ministry that makes a visible difference in the lives of people in need in more than 80 countries worldwide, and particularly in times of crisis.

Please give to One Great Hour of Sharing on April 3.  Online Giving


Communities in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota are bracing themselves for possible record rainfalls and flooding for the third year in a row, while others in New Jersey and Western Ohio have already experienced swollen rivers and flooded streets.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, almost half of the United States has an “above-average risk of flooding” over the next several weeks, particularly in the North Central part of the country.

Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, helps UMCOR respond with material and spiritual support for annual conferences and communities facing flood emergencies. Online Giving

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR’s ministries, please visit 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.

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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