Letter from Bishop of Puerto Rico related to Hurricane Irma
Iglesia Metodista de Puerto Rico, Inc.
September 5, 2017.
Mr. Thomas Kemper, General Secretary
United Methodist Church
Re: Hurricane Irma
Grace and peace to you and the General Ministries family.
Puerto Rico, will be confronting Hurricane Irma in the next hours. This hurricane has been classified as a category 5. In his route it will be affecting Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, and the Virgin Islands. It is expected that it will be in our vicinity tomorrow, Wednesday, September 6. This hurricane, at the moment, has winds of more than 180 miles. This makes Irma a catastrophic hurricane for the island.
The Puerto Rico Methodist Church has been in contact with the 100 churches located in the island, Vieques, Culebra, and St. Croix. We have oriented them in following the necessary steps to prepare for this atmospheric event. We have put in place an emergency system to work in the aftermath of the event. Nevertheless, there is not enough preparation for this type of hurricane.
We are requesting the United Methodist Church for your prayers and your solidarity during this difficult time. Knowing that people outside of our area are praying for us give us faith and courage.
Trusting that God is in the midst of all this,
Rev. Héctor F. Ortiz Vidal
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
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.