Hurricane Disaster Response
Following Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence, here are ways you can respond. The Western North Carolina Conference Committee on Relief continues to monitor the damages and will provide updates on Conference response efforts. For more information, visit www.wnccumc.org/committee-on-relief
Donate funds to relief efforts
Your gifts ensure that our conference will be able to provide help and hope for those left homeless or otherwise affected by disaster for years to come. Please mark your donations for Western North Carolina teams and ministries as “Disaster Response,“ and make checks payable to:
Western North Carolina Conference
PO Box 2757
Huntersville, NC 28070
Donate now online here:
Hurricane Relief Supply Drop-Offs
Relief supplies collected by individuals and churches are now being accepted. Supplies can be dropped off to the Mission Response Center in Terrell (8973 Greenwood Road
) Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning November 2, 2018. Supplies can also be dropped off to the Cole Relief Center in Charlotte (2022 West Sugar Creek Road
) Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are collecting cleaning and hygiene kits, cases of water, packaged tarps, N95 or surgical masks, unused nitrile or work gloves, duct tape, unused bleach, and/or unused smocks. Volunteers are welcome to serve during those hours as well.
Early Response Teams
Do you have an ERT-led work team that is ready to serve? If so, contact the leadership in Eastern North Carolina at 888-440-9167, South Carolina at 803-726-3105. Districts in Florida are not yet ready to receive out-of-conference volunteers. We remind those wishing to provide assistance to please not self-deploy or donate unsolicited items. Many areas are still engaged in emergency response efforts.
Early Response Team Supplies
If your ERT-led work team is scheduled to travel to Eastern North Carolina or South Carolina, the Cole Relief Center in Charlotte has supplies that you can take with you. We have 2,400 verified cleaning buckets for you to provide those affected by the hurricanes and relief supplies you can use or borrow to make your response easier. Visit the Cole Relief Center on Fridays from 10am-4pm.
Assemble UMCOR relief supply kits
Disaster Response Volunteers
- Follow UMCOR’s relief kit assembly instructions online.
- We suggest every church has 12 cleaning kits ready and available.
Conference Early Response Teams (ERT) are trained, credentialed and registered through the Disaster Response Ministry of the conference.
- Contact Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Ricky Hill to report damages within the Western North Carolina Conference.
- ERT Work in Western NC: Early Response Teams will be notified for deployment by the District or Conference Coordinator(s), if needed.
- ERT Work in other Conferences: Invitations to aid outside our conference will be communicated to you as they arrive in our office. Sometimes they are also available at UMVIM.
- Groups or individuals wishing to help sort mission materials or volunteer in the Mission Response Center should contact Dwaine Morgan at 828.478.2106.
For general disaster response questions, Early Response Team deployment or to report a disaster within the Western North Carolina Conference, contact Disaster Response Coordinator Ricky Hill
For public information, grant information, UMCOR relations, policy and procedures, contact Committee on Relief Chair, Rev. Steve Cheyney
or Conference staff contact Caroline Wood
For training or resource distribution, contact Mission Operations Coordinator Frank Greene
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