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Newsletter 8-17-16

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In the spring of 2015 disastrous storms plowed through southwestern Oklahoma leaving Genevieve’s roof in shambles.  Laid off due to her health, widowed and a senior citizen, Genevieve found herself in a situation she could not remedy alone.  She placed pots and pans throughout her home to catch the leaks every time it rained.  Genevieve did not receive the assistance she needed and became depressed as time waned on.  In spring of 2016 following another disastrous storm Genevieve heard of help in her area.  She visited a disaster case manager with Catholic Charities who obtained assistance through the OKUMC Disaster Response ministry getting the roof tarped stopping further damage, she was referred to free mental health services to battle the depression and received help understanding her insurance situation.  Tears turned to a ray of hope for Genevieve!

Will you be a ray of hope for a survivor?

Divine Service

The NOMADS, a United Methodist organization of traveling RV’ers, who cover the country “rebuilding lives, homes and facilities with God’s love and their hands”, have arrived in Oklahoma.  They will be serving 2015 disaster survivors in the Oklahoma City and Noble areas.  The NOMADS provide volunteer labor to do new construction, remodeling, and repairs for churches, children’s homes, camps, colleges, outreach missions and disaster rebuilding.  With God’s help, NOMADS pretty much do it all.

If you are looking for retirement with a purpose, enjoy traveling in an RV, want to share your Christian faith, and enjoy using your skills in service to others… then you might be a NOMAD.  Learn more about this wonderful organization called NOMADS.

  

Volunteer

Volunteering to help disaster survivors is easy!  If you can form a team of volunteers to serve or if just you yourself can help please call our volunteer coordinator Karen. Disaster survivors are waiting for you!

Thanks to our wonderful disaster volunteers that have braved the summer elements to provide survivors with the help they need.


OKLAHOMA - Duncan FUMC


OKLAHOMA - Bixby FUMC


CALIFORNIA - Wesley UMC, Faith UMC, Japanese Christian


OKLAHOMA - Tahlequah FUMC

Cheese

Excerpt from The Upper Room June 2016 edition: Paul wrote, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.” ~1 Corinthians 3:6.

I am often stressed out by the enormity of the world’s problems – hunger, war, human rights abuses – and my inability to do anything to help.  Oh, I try.  I give a few hours volunteering, a few dollars to charity; but my efforts feel so small. I wish I could do more. I wish I could fix the world’s problems.

I recently saw a story on TV about a man who raises sheep and makes his living by handcrafting artisan cheeses from their milk. It is painstaking work and needs a strong arm and lots of patience. The story got me thinking. For making cheese, the sheep produce the raw ingredient: milk. The cheese maker is the one who transforms the milk, creating a wonderful final product. Keeping the creamery running takes the milk of a lot of sheep, and each sheep is valued.

Believers are like those sheep. We can live faithful lives in our pasture and focus on making a simple raw ingredient: showing God’s love to the people around us. God is the master cheese maker who transforms our efforts into real change for the world.

Dear Lord, help us to see that even though our efforts seem inconsequential, they are the raw materials you use to build up your kingdom. Amen.

2016 Disasters

  • March 31 - Tornado touches down in Tulsa. State of emergency declared for Craig, Mayes, Nowata, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa, and Washington counties. SBA allowed to offer low-interest loans to Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers Wagoner, and Washington counties.
  • April 26 - Tornados touch down in Bixby, Blue Jacket, Braggs, Broken Arrow, Byng, Colcord, Cookson, Davis, Jones, Luther, Muldrow, Mustang, Oklahoma City, Spavinaw, Strange, Twin Oaks, Tulsa, Vinita, Wyandotte.
  • April 29 - Tornados touch down in Cyril, Elgin, Fletcher, and Ninnekah.
  • May 9 - Tornados touch down in Atoka, Bennington, Boswell, Bromide, Connerville, Davis, Elmore City, Fitzhugh, Katie, Norman, Roff, Stillwater, Sulphur, Wapanucka, and Wynnewood.  State of emergency declared for Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Garvin, Johnson, Kay, McCurtain, Murray, Noble, Payne, Stephens and Tillman counties.  SBA allowed to offer low-interest loans to Carter, Garvin, Johnston, Murray and Pontotoc counties.
  • June 12 - Flooding warrants state of emergency for Caddo, Carter, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, McClain, Murray and Stephens counties.  SBA allowed to offer low-interest loans to Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Kiowa, Stephens and Tillman counties. FEMA denied the request for individual assistance.
  • July 13 - Following tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds a state of emergency is called for the counties of Adair, Beckham, Caddo, Canadian, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Haskell, Kay, Kingfisher, Latimer, LeFlore, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.

Helping fill the volunteer and construction voids
that long term recovery brings to disaster survivors
and providing hope through disaster case management.