Hurricane Update


Hurricane Update


As United Methodists, let us stand together in prayer and support of all of those who have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The state of North Carolina isn’t in the clear as we anticipate tropical force winds and rains to impact Western North Carolina. Stay alert to changes in the Hurricane Irma forecast. Hurricane Jose also looms behind, reminding us that storms are never far away.


Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those left homeless or otherwise affected by this disaster for years to come. Please mark your donations for Western North Carolina teams and relief aiding in Texas and beyond “Disaster Response“ and make checks payable to:

Western North Carolina Conference
PO Box 18005
Charlotte NC 28218

Or you may mark your offerings to
UMCOR Advance 901670

Donate now online here:


There are several ways to volunteer in Western North Carolina and areas more significantly impacted. Not all volunteers need training. Please visit our online form to volunteer. We also offer Early Response Team training that allows groups and individuals to enter disaster zones at the invitation of local emergency management officials. More info here.


Supply Relief:

Please help us build the UMCOR inventory of relief supplies.  At this time, UMCOR is in need of hygiene kits and cleaning buckets. With many potentially suffering damage to their homes from flood waters, our greatest need is cleaning buckets. Churches and individuals can assemble these supplies, deliver to one of these drop sites, and the supplies will be shipped via UMCOR to the most necessary areas. PLEASE DON’T BURDEN THE DISASTER ZONE. Collecting and sending supplies that are not requested burdens impacted communities. The most efficient method of supporting is through donating funds, volunteering, and collecting items that have been specifically requested. Also, please do not arrive on the scene without proper Early Response certification and invitation.

Collection Sites:


Abernethy United Methodist Church
1418 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806


Salem United Methodist Church
184 Salem Church Rd.
Bostic, NC 28018


Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

China Grove

First United Methodist Church
110 W Church Street
China Grove, NC 28023


Central UMC
410 Charles Street
Clyde, NC 28721
Drop-off times:  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
Contact person:  Alecia – (828) 627-2287


First United Methodist Church
190 E Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28053


Muir’s Chapel United Methodist Church
314 Muir’s Chapel Road
Greensboro, NC 27410


First United Methodist Church
176 Robert Street
Marion, NC 28752


Trinity United Methodist Church
106 Trinity Rd.
Statesville, NC 28677


First UMC (Sylva)
77 Jackson Street
Sylva, NC 28779
Contact person:  Janis – (828) 586-2358
Drop-off times:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday


Mission Response Center
8973 Greenwood Road
Terrell, NC 28682
(Please call for open hours/days) – (828) 478-2106



Appalachian District Office
1710 Parkwood Dr. South Suite
Wilkesboro, NC 28697


Centenary United Methodist Church
646 West 5th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Pine Grove United Methodist Church
1130 Jonestown Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Early Response Team Deployment:

The Rio Texas Conference is asking for ERT’s. Only currently certified ERT members are being accepted. Teams will base out of Corpus Christi and should register here. ERT trained individuals/small groups not part of a team should register here.

The Louisiana Conference is now scheduling trained and badged ERT’s for Hurricane Harvey response. Register here.

South Georgia Conference is looking for current ERT and trained chainsaw teams to help in Chatham and other coastal counties. Lodging can be arranged in local churches; however, teams may need to cook their own meals, or use local restaurants. Interested teams can contact Luis Morales.

*New*Florida is ready for volunteers. Trained ERTs will be placed in IRMA relief and those who are not trained will be serving with recovery for Hermine and Matthew. The link to volunteer is here: For more information regarding needs in Florida, you can go their disaster response page, found here:

At this time no other conference is requesting ERTs or other volunteers. Please do not arrive without an invitation.

Long Term Recovery:

The effects of Harvey will keep long term volunteer teams busy for years. Please be patient before sending long-term building and recovery crews. Please do not arrive without an invitation, and only after Early Response Teams have prepared the location.

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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