Disaster Response update
September 1, 2016
The Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church is requesting assistance from early response teams from outside their Conference. Early response Team leaders may register their team at the Louisiana Conference website: http://www.la-umc.org/
For early response teams wishing to assist in West Virgina, the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church is asking early response team leaders to fill out their volunteer team form which may be found at: http://wvumc.org/About/Ministries/Disaster-Response
The Western North Carolina Conference Mission Response Center, (MRC) in Terrell, NC is a part of the UMCOR Depot system. Over the last few weeks, MRC Terrell has sent over 500 cleaning buckets to West Virginia to assist in their flood disaster and over 1300 cleaning buckets have been sent to South Louisiana.
At this time the Mission Response Center is not requesting any more cleaning buckets because of their current and anticipated inventory however the MRC does welcome work teams. To volunteer please contact: Dwaine Morgan, 828.478.2106, to schedule a time.
Grace and Peace,
Western North Carolina Conference Disaster Response/ Domestic UMVIM Coordinator
Cell phone (828) 260-3724
Resources for Vital Congregations
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor
GBHEM Leadership Resources
Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church
Englewood Book Review
Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
Ted Talks: The Golden Circle
Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability
Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability
Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians
Be A Disciple
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network
Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations
Living As United Methodist Christians
Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials
Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today
John Wesley Sermons: Anthology
Get Their Name
Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit
Canoeing the Mountains
Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People
Community: The Structure of Belonging
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
Institute for Emerging Issues
Congregations 4 Children
The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants
The Duke Endowment
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.