UMCOR Sunday Provides Relief (3/31/19)

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in EventAnnouncement, Mission: Beyond our Community, UMCOR | 0 comments

UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, may sound like a boring name.  But, it’s the biggest tool that we United Methodists have when we want to relieve suffering around the world. On Sunday March 31 we will have a chance to help UMCOR stay in operation.

“Relieve suffering around the world”?!?  

 

What- Who… Me?!? 

We’ve seen a lot of disasters in recent history:

Hurricanes in the U.S…
Two hurricanes in Puerto Rico…
Earthquakes and tsunamis in the Indian Ocean…
Drought, famine, and refugees in the Horn of Africa…
Tornadoes in our Southwest…

 

What can I do about all of that stuff?

We watch the drama unfold on our television screens and we feel totally helpless. How can any one person make a difference in the wake of such widespread devastation?  Responders at home and around the world scramble to help survivors… but I’ve got a job and family.  I can’t get around like I used to.  What can I do???

The fact is, before those responders even arrive, the United Methodist Committee On Relief is already there, organized and prepared to act. 

The response of UMCOR isn’t something “they” do, it’s something WE do. As United Methodists through UMCOR we reach children, families, and communities who have experienced devastation in the wake of disaster. That’s because your generous giving on UMCOR Sunday funds UMCOR’s work, allowing them to act as the hands and feet of Jesus, moving toward the most vulnerable in their darkest days.

 

But… Me?  I have enough problems in my own life…

Because United Methodists believe that all people have God-given worth and dignity, regardless of race, religion or gender; together we are there to help anyone impacted by crisis or chronic need. And, after the flood waters have receded, wounds have been cared for, basic needs have been met, and the worlds attention has faded; UMCOR is still there providing ongoing assistance for as long as it’s needed.

 

Just Who’s this UMCOR Anyway?

Through their work, UMCOR reveals God’s steadfast love for humankind. For 75 years, UMCOR has brought hope and solidarity to communities in the United States and around the world in the wake of natural or man-made disasters; and have brought support and expertise to communities on a path to development. Because you give, the United Methodist Church’s compassionate response to human suffering is felt in more than 80 countries around the world.

UMCOR’s work can be categorized into three major areas:

  • 1. Humanitarian Relief/  Disaster Response.   
  • 2. Sustainable Development. 
  • 3. Global Health in collaboration with Global Ministries.

To learn more about UMCOR, check out their website:  UMCOR  

 

What’s UMCOR Sunday… and Why Yet Another Offering???

UMCOR is able to provide fast and meaningful relief in the aftermath of disasters because of the UMCOR SUNDAY offering.
This offering provides a solid foundation for UMCOR’s vital work by paying their general operating expenses.  Then 100% of all other donations to UMCOR go directly to disaster relief.

Throughout the year, whenever a disaster hits, we always hear that 100% of our gifts go directly to the areas that need help.  There’s no overhead. 

How’s that happen?  UMCOR is just a management arm.  They organize the relief efforts.  “Regular People” are the responders who travel to the areas needing help.  But even this organization and management takes money.  And that’s where UMCOR Sunday comes in.  The is the only organizational funding that UMCOR gets comes from UMCOR Sunday.

After that annual offering is taken, all contributions for specific causes go directly to that cause… 100%.

These United Methodist special offerings are all about people working together to accomplish something bigger than themselves. In doing so , we effect change around the world in the name of Jesus Christ.

Please plan to give generously on UMCOR SUNDAY, March 31st.

 

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To learn more about UMCOR and the other ministries that connect PUMC to the United Methodist Church, click this button:      United Methodist Church  

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