Saturday, September 27, 2014


Good afternoon from Krum, Texas.  It's a lovely day in North Texas and everywhere that we choose to see in that way..... This is the usual type of handout. I hope you can use it----and I look forward to seeing you at the Conference Celebration two weeks from today!

October 11 is our annual conference gathering and celebration at St. Luke Community UMC at 4710 E. R.L. Thornton Parkway in Dallas. The theme for the day is “Colors of Christ—Learning, Loving and Living God’s Word.” Keynote speaker will be the Rev. Sarah Squires, executive director of Wesley-Rankin Community Center. We hope to pack 1000 birthing kits for UMCOR! Join us! If you need transportation, contact your Unit president.
October 11—8:30 am to 3 pm

The agencies serving in South Texas for the refugees seeking safety continue to need our prayers and support.  Donations may still be sent to the following:

SWTX Conference UMW, noted "Texas Border Crisis,” 16400 Huebner Road, San Antonio TX 78248

McAllen District UMW, noted "Immigrant Relief,"
1909 W. Harrison, Harlingen TX 78550

Holding Institute UMW, noted “to be used in Laredo,” 1220 McClelland, Laredo TX 78040

Good Neighbor Settlement House, to the House at 1254 Tyler Street, Brownsville, 78520.

The Ebola crisis continues and worsens. United Methodist Communications is in the forefront of the mass communication effort that is essential.
“In the Ebola crisis, communication precedes prevention and treatment,” said the Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. “The contagion cannot be contained without clear communication about the reality of the Ebola virus, sanitation, isolation of sick people, and proper handling of the deceased. This has to be communicated effectively and widely. In these circumstances, a clear message saves lives.”
Additionally, United Methodist Communications is sending text messages to church leaders in Liberia to keep them informed and encouraged in this time of crisis. African communicators are being equipped and trained to take over this communication in the near future.
The majority of the telecommunications market in Liberia is wireless, with 69% relying on mobile phones. That number is 67% in Sierra Leone, making text messages a crucial way to distribute prayers for encouragement and life-saving messages.
The first text message was sent August 19 on behalf of Bishop John Innis  of Liberia to his district superintendents:  Ebola is real. It kills with little warning. Please adhere to health messages to safeguard your family. Let us be in prayer. God is with us.
“Prayers of Encouragement,” an Upper Room publication, will be made available to World Reader users in a variety of formats, including tablets, smartphones and biNu, billed as “Your Smartphone in the Cloud.” This is technology that United Methodist Communications has tested and used previously and is well-received in developing nations. Additionally, the agency will send words of encouragement from this booklet via text.
To support this outreach, give to Advance #982450, Disaster Response, International.
Recent months have seen torrential rain and widespread flooding throughout the countries of South Asia. UMCOR, also through gifts to Advance #982450, is responding with emergency assistance through its partners on the ground in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India-controlled Kashmir.
Back in the U.S. wildfires rage in central and northern California, consuming or threatening homes and other vital structures. UMCOR is in communication with the California-Pacific Annual Conference to assess needs. To help UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response, donate to Advance #901670.
October Observances

     Domestic Violence Awareness Month
     Breast Cancer Awareness Month

     World Food Day, October 16
     National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths,
                October 18-19
     United Nations Day, October 24


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