When tragedy and natural disasters strike close to home, the fear seems real and the loss feels more painful. Last week our brothers and sisters in middle Tennessee were affected by devastating tornados that left entire communities and neighborhoods in pieces, businesses and churches destroyed, and families torn apart and lives lost. If you or your family was affected by the tornadoes know that you are in our prayers and please let the church know if there is anything we can do to help.
Whenever a tragedy like this occurs, it is comforting to know that our United Methodist Church is one of the first responding organizations and commits to areas well beyond the initial swell of volunteers and donations. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) has already dispensed funds to help with immediate needs, is distributing cleaning and recovery buckets to help with the process of recovery, and has trained disaster relief teams that are waiting for the all clear to dig in and help.
As a church we are joining in with UMCOR and the Tennessee Conference by sending funds through UMCOR’s disaster relief and through cleaning and hygiene kits. Make your check to First-Centenary UMC and designate your gift to the UMCOR Tornado Relief. There is a link on the church website that has more information on how to respond financially and contains information about the hygiene and cleaning kits. We are going to let the trained disaster relief teams triage and evaluate for now but if you would like to be on a future work team to help in the recovery efforts please let myself or Pastor Barry know.
Thanks for being who you are as individuals and as a congregation. I look forward to serving alongside you as we seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our sisters and brothers in middle Tennessee.
In Christ, Will
Published on Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 12:31 PM EDT