From the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: A response to the flooding in Upper New York
July 12, 2017 / By UNY Communications
Editor’s Note: Following is a letter from Upper New York Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, asking the Upper New York Conference Churches to use the United Methodist Connection to respond to the recent devastating flooding in Upper New York.
Dear sisters and brothers of Upper New York,
Grace and peace to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ!
Over the last several weeks, severe weather has caused significant flash flooding in several communities throughout Upper New York. Individuals and families have been greatly affected.
Communities within the Mohawk District have been the most severely impacted. Residents of 300 homes have had to evacuate. Seventeen homes were completely destroyed and another 217 homes have had their heating systems compromised. Our Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Joe Auslander, has reported that our Emergency Response Team has already offered 185 hours of work on the ground, with more to come this weekend; and long-term recovery efforts are being evaluated.
I invite you to join me in praying for those affected by these most recent floods, as well as share in an opportunity for the United Methodist Church in Upper New York to once again be a shining light, offering God’s love and compassion.
I am asking you to consider taking a special offering at your local church over the next few weekends or make an individual donation. Checks may be sent to the Conference Office, 7481 Henry Clay Blvd. Liverpool, NY 13088, with “2017 storms # 474” written in the memo line.
One of the amazing things about being United Methodist is our connectional system. Though our connection, we can support people around the country and throughout the world in their times of need. This time, it is individuals and families in our own Conference who need our help. Thank you for being a part of that connection.
Grace and peace,
Bishop Mark J. Webb