SANDY HOOK SHOOTING TRAGEDY
Of first importance is prayer, and lots of it, for the 27 devastated families, for all staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary, for the local churches and clergy who are ministering to the hurting, and for the entire Newtown community.
Thanks to a teacher from the Katy ISD, a fund has been set up to help the families with funeral costs. All funds received will be divided evenly among them. This channel 11 story explains the fund.
Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470
The Newtown UMC is within walking distance from Sandy Hook Elementary. The church doors have remained open daily as people are in constant need a place to pray, rest, and eat. Within the 600-member church, there are twelve Stephens Ministers who have been on duty almost around the clock. Other members have taken time off from jobs (the entire week in some cases) to be available to help. Some, who are certified as Early Responders, were already gone when the shooting occurred serving Hurricane Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey.
The costs for utilities, facility supplies, food, etc., are understandably much higher than normal. Donations made to the church will be received with much gratitude! Make checks payable to Newtown UMC, earmarked Sandy Hook Relief.
Send your donations to:
The Newtown UMC
92 Church Hill Road
Sandy Hook, Connecticut, 06482
HURRICANE SUPERSTORM SANDY UPDATE
(Many ‘Thanks’ to Kathie Mann & Jan Bierworth for the info in this section!)
Hurricane Sandy left a path of unimaginable destruction. At last count, the hurricane's death toll had climbed to 113 in the United States and over 60 in the Caribbean. Half a million families have registered with FEMA so far. The preliminary estimate of structural damage is in excess of $20 billion which makes this the second costliest disaster in the U.S.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
· PRAY - Pray for those who have lost family members and those who have been injured, those who have lost homes and businesses and Early Response teams who are traveling and working in the disaster zone.
· GIVE - A donation to UMCOR is the best way to get help quickly to hurricane survivors. You can give to UCMOR by clicking on this link: UMCOR US Disaster Response, Advance #901670 then selecting Hurricanes 2012 from the drop-down menu. You can also text the word RESPONSE to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation.
· ORGANIZE - Your church can collect funds for relief supplies or assemble “cleaning buckets” or “health kits”. See details from UMCOR. If your church has any relief supplies ready for delivery, Old River Terrace UMC, Channelview, is a drop-off site for the Conference. Contact Clay Whitaker at 281-452-2861 for more info.
· PREPARE TO GO - The North East Jurisdiction has advised that it is ready to register ERT teams. Please notify Dewitt Cox, the Texas Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, at email@example.com so he can help facilitate. ER Teams have been requested but not everyone has to be badged. One badged person per three team members is the ratio.
· Greater New Jersey: send email to DisasterResponse@gnjumc.org. A representative of the conference disaster team will contact you. Please list: Name and contact info, Church, Annual Conference, team size, dates available to respond.
· New York Conference: Go to www.nyac.com and register on their website with information requested.
· Pen-Del Conference: Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted by a representative of the conference disaster team. Please list: Name and contact info, Church, Annual Conference, team size (5-7 recommended) and dates available to respond.
PLEASE BE PATIENT. Teams will be needed in the region (affected by Hurricane Sandy) for the foreseeable future. Thank you for looking to serve and we want you here with us - at the appropriate time and through channels established by the affected Conferences. Thanks and blessings, Greg Forester, UMVIM NEJ
Individual Volunteer Training
The United Methodist Church identifies mission opportunities for single or married couples who are willing to serve in mission for a period of two months to two years. For more information contact Nancy Eubanks at email@example.com.
GBGM will hold its 2013 Individual Volunteer training sessions as follows:
*February 20-24, 2013 in Biloxi, MS at Seashore Assembly;
*April 10-14, 2013 in Evanston, IL at Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary;
*June 5-9, 2013 in Leawood, KS at Church of the Resurrection;
*August 13-17, 2013 in Eagle Creek, OR at Alton L. Collins Conference and Retreat Center; and *October 16-20, 2013 in Silver Lake, NY at Asbury Retreat Center.
Teams still needed for these Long Term Recovery sites
Louisiana - Long Term Recovery began October 1, 2012. Every UMVIM team must have a trained and certified team leader. See information for registering your UMVIM team and housing.
Southwest Texas - needs teams now to help with Long Term Recovery from the Bastrop/Spicewood fires of 2011. Register online: firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Margery Marshall, or call her at 775-848-0766 for registration information.
Joplin, Missouri – needs continued support from Volunteers to help with recovery from the disastrous tornados. The Missouri Conference welcomes Long Term Recovery VIM teams to help with the rebuilding. Contact Jaime Piper at email@example.com to schedule your team.