First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Thursday, October 19, 2017
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The United Methodist Committee on Relief is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.

Mission Statement

Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing

UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Minis-tries whose goal is to assist the most vulnerable per-sons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, believing all people have God-given worth and dignity. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the U.S. They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life. UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects their donors specify. When donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ. Also, UMCOR has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.


Vigil to End Gun Violence December 6

To coincide with the Nationwide Vigil, Milwaukee: Albright UMC will host a Vigil to End Gun Violence at 7pm December 6th. December 14 marks the 5th anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Since that heart-breaking day in Newtown 5 years ago, half a million Americans have been killed or injured by guns. This effort hopes to continue to shed a light on the devastating epidemic of gun violence in our nation until these gun deaths and injuries are reduced.
The victims, survivors and families impacted by gun violence are often forgotten. So, the Newtown Foundation, the charitable arm of the Newtown Action Alliance, in partnership with many other organizations will host the Annual National Vigil Service of loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to the on-going epidemic of gun violence on December 6th and nationwide vigils/events from December 6-17th.Their goal is to hold over 500 local vigils/events in all 50 states.


United Methodists and Disaster Recovery

In an interview on PBS Radio, Paul Singer, correspondent for USA Today, talked about an article he wrote on disaster recovery in the September 10 issue. He said, “I never realized that the majority of disaster relief is by churches! FEMA partners with other groups to get relief to people. Here’s the facts: 80% of all FEMA relief comes from nonprofits; 75% of those nonprofits are faith-based. The real ‘heavy hitters’ (those who give the largest amounts) are The United Methodists and the Seventh Day Adventists.”

United Methodists Helping One Bucket at a Time

People hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma need time to “get their arms” around the most pressing needs. But United Methodists around the connection can start helping by donating to the United Methodist Commit-tee on Relief, collecting and assembling flood buckets and earnestly praying.

Alabama West-Florida Area Bishop David Graves said his conference seems to have dodged the storm but “our hearts hurt for all those who are suffering…. Teams will be called upon in the future, but right now, please pray for our neighbors to the east and to the west. Your giving to UMCOR is the greatest way you can help right now,” Graves said.

Amy Fuselier, director of UMCOR relief supplies, said the unprecedented number of active storms in the Atlantic and Gulf is making the need for flood buckets urgent. “I am asking all churches with the ability to quickly produce and send flood buckets to do so,” she said in an email appeal.

Note: Wisconsin is in urgent need of flood buckets. Deliver to Mid-west Mission Distribution Center or to Conference Office in Sun Prairie.