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Prayer & Support for Haiti after 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake

Dear Friends in The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church,

We learned today of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. Our prayers arise to God for the people of this beloved nation, and for the Haitian diaspora. We acknowledge the love and Christian fellowship we share with Haitian people across the Florida Conference.

We ask that our congregations lift the Haitian people in prayer tomorrow, August 15, in worship. You may contribute financially to this urgent crisis through UMCOR (Advance #982450) or the FLUMC Haiti Humanitarian Response. We are asking our congregations to receive an offering in worship next Sunday, August 22. 
 
We claim these promises. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46). And Jesus is with us in the midst of the storm (Mark 4). May we draw near to God and to one another in a spirit of generosity toward our neighbors in a moment of crisis and with faith that God will provide.
 
The Peace of the Lord, 
 
+Ken Carter
Resident Bishop, Florida Conference
The United Methodist Church


 

A Call to Action for the People of Cuba

In the last few days, we have witnessed in shock and despair the violence against peaceful protesters that erupted following the President of Cuba’s call “to defend the Cuban Revolution from ideological subversion.” Attacks on unarmed civilians including children and elderly people have led to many deaths while hundreds have been taken into undisclosed locations after being beaten and shot at.

                  
Methodists United in Prayer echoes the words of the Methodist Church in Cuba and condemns all violence against the people of Cuba. Furthermore, we call our churches in Florida and across our nation to:

  1. FAST and PRAY for the people of Cuba. Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? – Isaiah 58:6
  2. Lift up a SHARED PRAYER on Sunday Worship for the people of Cuba. “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.” –  Psalm 107:2
  3. GIVE towards relief for the people of Cuba through the Methodist Church in Cuba. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? – 1 John 3:17
  4. Send LETTERS to our nation’s leaders: the President, the Senate and the House of Representatives. “Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.” – Psalm 20:9

This Call to Action from Methodists United in Prayer has been endorsed by:
Bishop Ken Carter, The Florida Conference of The UMC & Bishop Ricardo Pereira, Methodist Church in Cuba


Join us as we pray for and support the families affected by the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Fla. We are also supporting the other tower that has been evacuated.  Hundreds of people have been displaced from their homes and rescue teams continue to lead search and recovery efforts. In addition to prayer, you can provide practical support for the victims in the following ways:Financial Assistance


  • Individuals can make donations online by clicking here. You can also mail a check to the Conference (450 Martin L. King Jr. Ave, Lakeland, FL 33815). Please include "Surfside Disaster Fund" on the memo line.
  • Churches can donate online here or send in donations with your apportionment payments. Please note the fund code for Surfside Disaster Fund is 110026 on the apportionment support. 

Gift Cards

  • Families are in need of $25 or $50 gift cards -- Visa/Mastercard, Walmart, Publix, Target, Uber. Gift cards can be mailed to the Conference office (450 Martin L. King Jr. Ave, Lakeland, FL 33815, Attn: Trish Warren).


Alternative Housing

Those in the Miami area who are interested in volunteering at the Family Assistance Center can contact Trish Warren, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator at pwarren@flumc.org.


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Join us as we pray for and support the families affected by the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Fla. We are also supporting the other tower that has been evacuated.  
Hundreds of people have been displaced from their homes and rescue teams continue to lead search and recovery efforts. In addition to prayer, you can provide practical support for the victims in the following ways:

Financial Assistance


  • Individuals can make donations online by clicking here. You can also mail a check to the Conference (450 Martin L. King Jr. Ave, Lakeland, FL 33815). Please include "Surfside Disaster Fund" on the memo line.
  • Churches can donate online here or send in donations with your apportionment payments. Please note the fund code for Surfside Disaster Fund is 110026 on the apportionment support. 

Gift Cards

  • Families are in need of $25 or $50 gift cards -- Visa/Mastercard, Walmart, Publix, Target, Uber. Gift cards can be mailed to the Conference office (450 Martin L. King Jr. Ave, Lakeland, FL 33815, Attn: Trish Warren).
  • If you live in the Miami area, you can drop off gift cards to to Kipp Nelson at St. John’s on the Lake (4760 Pine Tree Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140) Tuesday, July 6 through Thursday, July 8 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Alternative Housing

Those in the Miami area who are interested in volunteering at the Family Assistance Center can contact Trish Warren, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator at pwarren@flumc.org.


 
The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
450 Martin L King Jr Ave, Lakeland, FL 33815
863-688-5563