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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    From the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: A response to the flooding in Upper New York

    July 12, 2017 / By Mark J. Webb

    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

    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."