Disaster Response: Flooding in Western NC
The damage from this storm has been extensive and devastating. According to the North Carolina Department of Safety, recovery from Tropical Storm Fred will likely be a three- to four-year process. WNCC Disaster Relief has been on the ground providing support for first responders and other disaster recovery professionals since the beginning - providing flood buckets, PPE, and a shower trailer. WNCC churches and partners, including Cruso UMC, First UMC-Waynesville, and Lake Junaluska, have served and continue to serve as operation centers and places of hospitality and rest for relief workers.
WNCC churches and partners, including Cruso UMC, First UMC-Waynesville, and Lake Junaluska, have served and continue to serve as operation centers and places of hospitality and rest for relief workers. Cruso UMC became an operations center immediately after the flood and now has transitioned into a place of hospitality (food, shelter, showers) for first responders and other professionals. They are also collecting personal effects (photos and other personal items) that may have been washed away from people’s homes and businesses.
In addition to the loss of life and personal property, some farms and crops were washed away. The Canton Missional Network has been instrumental in early response coordination, organizing supplies, and providing pastoral care.
If your community has sustained damage, especially to your church and/or parsonage, please contact us through the disaster response hotline (below) and refer to the following information from WNCC Committee on Relief on navigating a disaster.
Learn more about the WNCC Mission Response Center, as well as the ways you can support their ongoing ministry efforts, at wnccumc.org/mission-response-center.
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 email@example.com.