Advent Offering alleviates suffering

The Underwater Investigation Unit of the Baton Rouge Police Department rescues people trapped by the Louisiana floodwaters. ~ photo courtesy Baton Rouge Police Department

Bishop David Bard announces that Disaster Relief is the focus for 2017 Advent Offering.
Advent 2017 provides an opportunity for the Michigan Area to walk beside those who have suffered from wind, water, fire and mud. Disaster has struck hard and often over the past 12 months, both in the United States and around the world

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 whose lives have been turned upside down by disasters, both natural and man-made.

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

The Rev. Henry Samuel of Vine Memorial Baptist Church, an affiliate member of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, prays with and consoles a group of women who lost 17 members of their family during the Aug. 14 flood and landslide in in Freetown. ~umns photo/Phileas Jusu

Click here for a downloadable bulletin insert. A promotional video will be available next week.

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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