From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Prayers and support for West Virginia
Editor’s note: Following is a letter from Upper New York Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, asking Upper New York Conference Churches to use the United Methodist Connection to respond to the devastating flooding in West Virginia.
Sisters and brothers in Christ,
By now you have likely heard about severe weather and flash flooding that the residents of West Virginia have suffered through since late last week. The flooding has brought death and devastation to countless people in the West Virginia Conference and I ask you to support them with both your prayers and your gifts.
First, let us hold up all those impacted by the devastation in prayer. Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to find healing and for those who lost property to feel hope for the future. Let us pray for the United Methodist in West Virginia and beyond who will be caring for the hurt and broken people of West Virginia. Let us pray that we as the United Methodist Church can be a shining light for all those who are suffering and truly be God’s love in their lives.
Second, I ask that you consider taking an offering at your local church this Sunday (July 3) or next (July 10). Checks for the offerings received may be sent to the Conference Office, 324 University Ave. 3rd Floor Syracuse, N.Y. 13210, with Advance #901670 written in the memo line.
One of the most 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. Thank you for being a part of that connection.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can support those impacted by the flooding in West Virginia visit the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s website here.
Grace and peace,
Bishop Mark J. Webb