Responding to the flooding in South Carolina
Our continued prayers are with the people of South Carolina and surrounding areas in the midst of severe flooding. Below outlines several things as we look to next steps.
A Word from Bishop Holston
Bishop Holston, episcopal leader of the South Carolina Annual Conference, released the following letter this morning:
Ways to Give
There are several ways in which you can make a donation through UMCOR for disaster response relief.
Online – make a gift now to US Disaster Response #901670
By phone – Call 1-800-554-8583
By Check – Mail checks (payable to UMCOR) to:
P.O. Box 9068
New York, NY, 10087
Through your local church – Place your gift in the plate at your church. Please make the gift clearly identifiable as being for the benefit of UMCOR- US Disaster Response #901670
Early Response Team
Please see the following email from Greg Forrester, Assistant General Secretary – UMCOR.
UMCOR is assisting South Carolina at this time:
We do have a deployment procedure for ERTs that needs to be followed so that we don’t create problems.
ERTs from within the affected conference are deployed first – if available.
If SC needs ERTs from outside their conference – they will contact the SEJ UMVIM office to request additional assistance from within the conferences of the affected jurisdiction.
Contiguous conferences first and then from there out.
Should additional teams be necessary from outside the affected jurisdiction then notification will come from the jurisdictional UMVIM coordinators.
Thank you for following the outlined procedures and keeping the people of North and South Carolina in your prayers!
Gregory A. Forrester
Assistant General Secretary – UMCOR
UMCOR Supplies Needed
UMCOR relief kits and cleaning buckets will be needed to replenish those being sent to the areas experiencing severe flooding. This is a great way to have all ages of your church involved in outreach. Your church can collect and assemble relief kits, which are distributed through the UMCOR Depot, Sager Brown in Louisiana. Instructions for the various kits can be found at www.umcor.org.
Our Conference delivered a trailer full of cleaning buckets and many different kits donated by local churches and the UMW throughout South Georgia to Sager Brown through Leesburg FUMC’s volunteer team who worked at the Sager Brown Depot this week. Thank you, South Georgia!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. We will continue to keep you updated through our website and Facebook page as assessments are made and invitations are given for outside ERT teams to come into the South Carolina Conference.
South Georgia Conference Disaster Coordinator
Associate Director: Office of Connectional Ministries