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.

September Issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter

Click on the image to the left to access or to download a copy of the September newsletter.

Items of interest include:

  • September Clergy Meeting, September 12
  • Disaster Response
  • Health Insurance Workshops in Greenwood District
  • September Charge Conference Schedule
  • Lay Servant Ministry School, October 15 & 22

Greenwood District PACKING PARTY Set for October 29

Tdisaster responsehe Greenwood District Disaster Response Team is hosting a packing party on Saturday, October 29, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at the District Office, 1633 Rivers St., Greenwood, to fill cleaning kits (aka flood buckets) for the victims of Hurricane Matthew. Churches and individuals in the Greenwood District have contributed over $8000 for flood relief in the wake of Matthew.

We want to give a shout-out to Lowe’s of Greenwood for their generosity in assisting us with the purchasing of the buckets and all the materials needed to fill the empty containers. All materials will be delivered on pallets on Friday afternoon in preparation for the “party” on Saturday morning.

Everyone is invited to come join the fun.

If you or your church would like to contribute toward flood relief efforts, you may send your contributions to the Greenwood District Office, PO Box 49968, Greenwood, SC 29649. Make checks payable to the Greenwood District and note in the Item Line Flood Relief. All money sent to the Greenwood District will be used for flood relief in SC. You may also contribute online for general flood relief efforts in SC. General flood relief contributions may be made to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) online.

Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) Desperately Needed in SC

SC-ERT-LogoThere is a critical need for ERT Teams from Myrtle Beach to Savannah and inland to Florence, Manning, Orangeburg, Allendale and Hampton Counties. Your help is desperately needed as we are basically on our own in SC with the massive amount of devastation from Florida to North Carolina and beyond. There is a whole lot of need and it is only going to get worse as the flood waters recede in some areas and access into all the devastated areas is opened.

We need you to respond individually and in groups. We can place you with teams already at work or those forming to go into action. We have churches lined up to house people including showers, electricity, and most are providing at least one meal a day.

Please spread the word and come join your brothers and sisters preforming “Christian Love in Action!”

You may call one of the team coordinators listed below directly or call Chuck Marshall, who is coordinating teams, individuals and housing at 803-386-7217 or ert_assistant@umcsc.org.

ERT Regional / Field Coordinators are:

1)      Rev. George Olive 843-446-4237 for the Myrtle Beach to Georgetown areas

2)      Rev. Ken Phelps 803-840-2005 for the Mannington to Georgetown areas.

3)      Billy Robinson 803-486-3781 for the Orangeburg / Calhoun County Areas

4)      Troy Thomas 803-603-1378 or 803-670-2023 for Summerville / Charleston area and the overall low country.

5)      Rev. David Phillips 843-380-9326 for the Charleston County / District Area

6)      Phyllis Brodie 843-816-5951 for the Bluffton / Hilton Head Areas.

Please do your best to come out and help during this time when so much overwhelming aid is needed across our state.

God Bless!

Billy Robinson – SC UMVIM ERT Coordinator