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Newsletter 9-22-16

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The Prayer of St. Patrick

I arise today, Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock.

I arise today, Through God's strength to pilot me; God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, God's hosts to save me, Afar and anear, Alone or in a mulitude.

Christ shield me today, Against wounding, Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today, Through the mighty strength, Of the Lord of creation.

PURPOSE

The Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response mission statement is to help fill the volunteer & construction voids that long term recovery brings to disaster survivors and providing hope through disaster case management.

The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Image result for body of christOur purpose is then to transform the world by engaging volunteers through mission serving our brothers and sisters in need; encountering others where they are and taking them where they cannot get on their own.  Together, disaster survivors, volunteers, project managers, volunteer managers, case managers…become the body of Christ.

Not only are we able to be a blessing in the life of a disaster survivor, the survivor is also a blessing to all those whom they encounter.  No one less important than the other.  Together we are family!

VOLUNTEERS

We need YOU!

Oklahoma disaster survivors from storms in 2015 and 2016 are ready to recover.

As a family we will work together to accomplish the goals each task brings.  Our project managers have experience that can teach volunteers the skills they needs.  Our ministry can teach you how to properly muck-out a flooded home and tarp a roof.  Once recovery begins we can teach you how to remove and install a new roof, repair a roof, install insulation both blown and batt, hang drywall as well as finish it out with tape and mud, replace subfloor and install peel and stick, tile, and laminate flooring, install exterior siding, hang a door, install windows…  If it needs to be done we have the experience and tools to make it happen.

All that you need is a willingness to love a survivor by being the hands, feet and ears of Christ.

Volunteering to help disaster survivors is easy!  Please call our volunteer coordinator Karen to get started today!

DONATIONS

  • Cash
    • By donating cash we are able to meet the exact need a survivor has.  We have many programs that offer discounted services and/or products that will make your cash donation stretch.  Many of the storms that affect Oklahomans don’t receive governmental assistance through FEMA.  These disasters rely even more so on faith based and private organizations donations to help all those in need.  100% of your donation goes directly to help a survivor.  Please consider making a cash donation today and set up a recurring payment to help this ministry continue to serve all those in need.  Visit our website to learn how.
  • Fleet Service
    • The disaster ministry has pickups and trailers that are constantly on the road.  Oil changes and tires are a constant.  If you have resources to help us maintain our vehicles and trailers through discounted or free oil changes and tires please contact Chad to meet this need.
  • Cleaning Buckets
    • On August 25 UMCOR sent out a call to churches to help replenish their supply of cleaning buckets from recent flooding, fires and storms in numerous conferences in the U.S.  Their supply was nearly depleted.  By September 19 UMCOR sent out another message stating their need for cleaning buckets had been met.  In just 25 days a need was met!  That’s being the church.

RECOGNITION

Thanks to our wonderful disaster volunteers providing survivors with the help they need.

Colorado  -  Glenwood Springs UMC

Home mucked-out from flooding.  All flooring had to be removed as well as drywall part way up the walls.  Glenwood Springs UMC team installed drywall, trim and laminate flooring. One more volunteer team needed to complete home repairs. 

 

 

Iowa  -  NCCC AmeriCorps Maple 5

First home mucked-out from flooding in back room.  Flooring had to be replaced as well as drywall along exterior wall and pantry.  Maple 5 team installed drywall and laminate flooring to complete this repair.  Second home mucked-out from septic sewer line back-up in home from area flooding.  Flooring, drywall and cabinets had to be removed in bathroom and bedroom.  Maple 5 team installed ceramic tile to further repair along.  Third home roof damaged by straight line winds with ceiling falling down in kitchen and bedrooms requiring muck-out and mold remediation.  Maple 5 team began repairs by installing a new roof.