Disaster Response Through the Greenwood District

With all the devastation that has happened and is yet to happen in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the anticipation of Hurricane Irma, it is really hard to say all that will be needed right now. However, we do know that flood (cleaning) buckets and health kits will be needed.

The Greenwood District is accepting contributions from individuals, church organizations, and churches toward assembling flood (cleaning) buckets and health kits. You may send your checks made payable to the Greenwood District (enter disaster relief in the item line on your check) and mail to PO Box 49968, Greenwood SC 29649. An announcement will be made at a later time with details for a district packing party to assemble the buckets. Be on the lookout for all the details.
Contributions may also be made to UMCOR’s Advance U.S. Disaster Response, (#901670), which allows UMCOR to respond quickly and appropriately to emergencies in the United States, such as what’s going on right now in Texas.
Early Response Teams (ERT) are not being deployed as yet. In the meantime, if you are interested in participating on an ERT but have not yet been trained, please check out the dates for upcoming training opportunities.

ERT (Early Response Team) Training Opportunities

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, an ERT Basic Class will be offered at Faith UMC, 5151 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, SC from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The cost is $35 per person, which includes a manual, shirt, cap and badge. There is a $10 fee for renewal certification.  Light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in attending should contact Billy Robinson at brpraisejesus@aol.com or 803-539-8429.

A second ERT training session is planned for Saturday, October 7, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Zion United Methodist Church, 5708 S.C. 187 North, Anderson, South Carolina. For more information, contact Mark Springer at 864-367-8047 or masprin@bellsouth.net.

October 2016 Newsletter Now Available

October page 1Click on the image at the left to read this month’s newsletter or to download a copy to read later.

Items of interest include:

  • Love Notes, Rev. Love’s monthly column
  • Request from Lander Campus Ministry
  • Bishop’s Forward Focus Tour
  • Greenwood District response to aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
  • Conference Mission Initiatives
  • Meeting Announcements

Collecting Information Regarding Flood Damage Assessments

Bishop Johnathan Holston is asking each church to report any flood damage to church and/or parsonage. This reporting by church will give the Conference a centralized way of collecting information regarding flood damage to churches and to parsonages. Such consolidated data will make it easier to provide assistance to those affected by the rain and flooding.

Directions for accessing the online report:
1. Go to the Conference web page (http://www.umcsc.org)
2. Click on Church/Pastor Login
3. Enter your church’s user ID and password. Click on Login
4. When you log in successfully, your first option will be INITIAL FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT.
5. Click on that option.
6. Enter your data.

All information added by individual churches will be compiled and made accessible to each district office so that we will have a “picture” of damage throughout the district.

This is critically important for every church to complete this brief flood damage survey. There is no deadline for completion but churches are urged to enter the information as soon as the extent of damage to church buildings and parsonage is known.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Greenwood District Office.