Damage Reports from Storms in April 12 – A Message from Our District Superintendent

Greetings in the name of our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let us continue in prayer for one another as we celebrate being Easter people.
Please let us know if you have any damages in your church, parsonage, or your community. I also ask your prayers for our disaster relief team as they respond to those in need.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Stephen Love

UMCSC – UMCOR Training Sessions for Disaster Planning/Preparation

Connecting Neighbors is a workshop for local church pastors and leaders and is co-sponsored by the SC Conference and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). The purpose of this workshop is to help local churches plan for, and be better prepared for, the eventuality of a disaster in their communities.

Two training sessions will be offered (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). Lunch will be provided.
– November 28 at Macedonia UMC in Mullins
November 29 at First UMC in Conway

There is no charge for attending one of these training sessions but registration is required so the trainers will know how many to expect. Registration is now open on the Conference website.

Hurricane Florence Update – Crisis Assistance Hotline

A centralized Crisis Assistance Hotline has been established to take in and manage calls for assistance in the wake of Hurricane Florence, which is poised to strike along the coast of South Carolina or North Carolina late Thursday or Friday:

800-451-1954

This hotline is part of an effort by volunteer organizations statewide – including the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church – to coordinate response to those who need help after the storm.

UMCSC Disaster Response teams will coordinate their efforts solely through this hotline.

Pastors and churches are encouraged to share this information with their congregations and communities to ensure people who need help after the storm will get it in a timely manner.

There is not a separate hotline for UMCSC this year,
as has been the case with previous storms
.

Greenwood District Pastors, please remember that if
– your church or parsonage has any storm-related damage you are to notify Rev. Love.
– if you and church leaders decide to cancel Sunday activities, please send an email to us (gwdist@umcsc.org).
Be alert and stay safe,

April Issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter Is Now Available

Click on the image to the left to download a copy of this month’s newsletter or read it online.

Items of interest include:

  • 2018 District Revival
  • District Clergy Meeting, April 18
  • Sending Forth Celebration
  • Spouses Luncheon at Annual Conference
  • Transitions Retreat
  • District “Packing Party”

Greenwood District “Packing Party”

Everyone is invited to join us on Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement on Hwy. 72 Bypass in Greenwood for a packing party to pack 100 flood/cleaning buckets. These cleaning buckets will be delivered to the SC Conference Center and then transported to an UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) for storage in preparation for the next crisis (e.g., flood, tornado, hurricane).

We appreciate the support of the Lowe’s management in helping the Greenwood District secure the necessary supplies to fill these cleaning buckets.

We will be accepting contributions on March 10 toward the support of an ERT (Emergency Response Team) that will be traveling to Puerto Rico in the Fall to help rebuild some areas of that devastated country.

These pictures are from the two previous packing parties. As you can see, every cleaning bucket is blessed with prayer for the ones who will receive a cleaning bucket and for the ones who prepared the buckets. Come join us and be blessed in your service to others.