We have started our GSMobile outreach classes in the community with a discipleship class at Ana’s Restaurant in Wimauma every Wednesday morning…Click here for more news from the newsletter.
Recovering from a hurricane can be extremely stressful. The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church has resources to provide emotional support to anyone in the impacted area including clergy, spouses, retirees, church staff and congregations. You do not have to be a member of our church to take advantage of these free services.
If you need help managing stress and anxiety related to hurricanes or other natural disasters – including referrals to community resources to help with specific concerns – call 1-866-342-6892. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week courtesy of Wespath, the United Methodist Church’s health benefits provider.
Online help and information is available here.
- On the liveandworkwell.com home page, click “I don’t know my access code” under the log-in box.
- On the next page, select “Optum Behavioral Health Employee” from the drop-down box.
- On the next page, select “Crisis Support” and then “Disaster Planning and Recovery.”
As we watch the ongoing weather devastation in Texas and Florida, our United Methodist Committee on Relief is already actively providing relief assessing needs. Florida Bishop Ken Carter has issued a challenge to collect 4,000 Flood Buckets to provide relief in Texas, and more will be needed in Florida.
Here are five ways you can offer direct assistance to people in need:
- VOLUNTEER TO SERVE. Sign a waiver, tell us your skills and get on the list with this form.
- DONATIONS FOR FLORIDA. Non-perishable food items, water, batteries, and other hurricane supplies for immediate delivery. If there are items you stockpiled that you no longer need, or want to purchase items, bring them to the Courtyard outside the Sanctuary Sunday.
- FLOOD BUCKETS (CLEANING KITS). The Florida Conference is once again challenging all churches to participate in a statewide flood bucket effort, with a goal of assembling 4,000 buckets. View the whole contents list here in a downloadable PDF. Bring your completed buckets to the Ministry Offices.
- HYGIENE KITS. Basic health and hygiene products fit in a one-gallon plastic bag. Contents and instructions for assembly are here in a downloadable PDF. Bring your completed buckets to the Ministry Offices.
- MONEY. Consider making a financial contribution to flood relief, all of which goes directly to people in need. Make your check payable to Hyde Park United Methodist, and designate it for “Hurricane.” Alternatively, you may donate directly to UMCOR online here.
Our state and national governments are providing assistance. Senator Bill Nelson outlines many ways you can receive help here.
Greetings from the President
In the beginning of the new study year I ask personally for your prayerful support. The month of August has been really hard as both me and my husband lost our mothers. We have had two funerals in less than two weeks, and the grief is still very fresh and deep. We know that our mothers have gone home – that they are in God’s peace now. But our emotional pain is very real as we feel how much we miss them. These days I have understood better the passage in 1 Ts 4:13 where we are warned against „grieving like the rest of men, who have no hope“. As human beings we do grieve – but the difference is that we grieve in hope to meet our loved ones again one day!
However, for the seminary the month of August has been a good month. We have received 22 new motivated students, and we praise God for every one of them. Our first study session last week was full of positive energy and happy people, anxious to get back to school – or to begin the school. The student body as well as faculty and staff were glad to worship together, to learn from each other, and we began the new semester with renewed energy and vigour.
We praise God for our 14 graduates in June, and we are looking forward to have about the same size graduate class also next year. We invite you to pray together with us for potential graduates already now as they begin their last study year, and will probably face various challenges on their way toward graduation.
We praise God also for financial blessings. We are grateful for partnerships that have lasted over years, and for dedicated people who keep supporting us – as well as for new friends and supporters God has given recently. Please keep our financial situation in your prayers with thanksgiving and praise for God’s faithfulness and for God’s people’s generosity.
Beginning my last year as the seminary President I would ask your prayers for God’s guidance in the search process for the next president that will be officially announced soon.
President of the BMTS
Currently almost 1,800 living languages, spoken by about 165 million people, lack even a partial Bible translation, according to the Wycliffe Global Alliance. Many of these languages are located in Papua New Guinea. Faith Comes By Hearing has partnered with Pioneer Bible Translators and Seed Company (A Wycliffe Bible Translators Affiliate) to develop oral Bible translation software called Render. If everything goes as planned, Pat will be utilizing Render in a pilot project with three languages in the Sepik province of PNG where we worked. To read more of the newsletter, click here.
Accomplished January 1 to July 31, 2017
9.8 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
5.3 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
A total of 15.1 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
45.2 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
2,790 Events Held and 15,295 Volunteers Engaged
Current Gleaners and New Volunteers — Register Now for Gleanings and Crop Drops
SoSA has a new, online volunteer registration system, now being used for gleaning and crop drops across the organization. Whether you are a seasoned gleaner or a new volunteer, we hope you’ll go to this form on our website and sign in. This will allow us to let you know about opportunities in your area.
Go to: EndHunger.org/Register
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