ERT UPDATE: February 18th Ice Storm


ERT UPDATE: February 18 Ice Storm


ERT’s, As we get ready for the potential for significant ice overnight be sure to prepare in case you are called on to assist. Communicate with your ERT Team leader to discuss your availability to respond and fill out this form ( to be on our response short list. If you do not have a team but are able to respond, please fill out the form as well. Following the storm, remember that response begins with your neighbors. If you are in an area with needs greater than your ability, communicate with your District Coordinator or your DS. 



  • Park a car on the street if you have a steep driveway in case of emergency

  • Charge electronics and have flashlights/candles ready in case of power outages

  • Have water available in case of boil advisory

  • Check any equipment you have that could aid in a response to make sure it is accessible

  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency management

  • Familiarize yourself with the UMCOR ERT Deployment Flowchart



  • Make sure you are safe

  • Check on those around you

  • Asses safety of affected areas, are there downed trees or compromised power lines?

  • If there are downed power lines or trees causing safety concerns, call local emergency services.





If you have any questions, reach out to our Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Ben Rogers (



Disaster Response Hotline 

For immediate disaster response needs in our conference, please call (980) 202-2944.  


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

Design Thinking

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

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


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


  • Resources
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