Advent disaster relief

The Rev. Laura Ice, recovery co-ordinator for the Florida Conference, listens intently to school principal, Jim Ragusa, tell about Hurricane Irma's damage to Everglades City, Fla. ~ umns/Kathleen Barry

Bishop David Bard announces that Disaster Relief is the focus for 2017 Advent in
“Teamwork makes the dream work” is more than just a slogan on a t-shirt. The Michigan Area takes teamwork seriously when it comes to caring for the suffering of God’s people.

That’s why Bishop David Bard has designated this year’s Advent Offering for Disaster Relief. Your gifts will partner with the United Methodist Committee on Relief to help restore the hopes and rekindle the dreams of those affected by flood, fire and famine both in the state and around the globe.

Flooding and mudslides in Sierra Leone in September left this girl homeless. She returns to her tent after collecting relief items distributed by the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone at a new relocation camp in Juba. ~umns/Phileas Jusu

Of course, 100% of each dollar received will make a difference in someone’s life. The designation for the offering is as follows:

  • 40% for UMCOR Domestic Disaster Relief … victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico or fires in California could benefit
  • 40% for UMCOR International Disaster Relief … rebuilds after Mexican earthquakes and mudslides in Sierra Leone could be supported
  • 20% for a Michigan Area Disaster Response Fund … for use when disaster strikes in our midst or to send volunteers and supplies to scenes of trouble

A downloadable bulletin insert and promotional video will be available soon.

God so loved the world, that he sent his Son. We can celebrate his coming by loving the world, too, through generous gifts to the Michigan Area Advent Offering.





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