UNC Charlotte campus ministry responds to Montana blizzards
Since the first of January, the Blackfeet Reservation has seen an astonishing 240 inches of snow. Nearly 7,500 people live on the reservation, and many have been snowed in for over a month.
The Early Response Team from UNC Charlotte received and distributed five tons of wood pellets and three semi-loads of trees provided by UMCOR, cut and parceled in hundreds of pickup truckloads of firewood that traveled as far north as the Canadian border. The team also received and distributed four shipments of food and supplies that originated in Helena, the capital of Montana.
The Rev. Stephen Cheyney, UNC Charlotte campus pastor, and the 15 ERT team members delivered a $5,000 donation from the Western North Carolina Conference to the Blackfeet Nation designated for disaster relief.
Please keep the Blackfeet in your prayers. Warming spring temperatures will eventually lead to major flooding, recalling the deadliest flood in Montana's history in 1964 when 31 died from flooding snow melt.
Resources for Vital Congregations
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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.