United Methodist Committee on Relief

February 10, 2016 | UMCOR Hotline

The UMCOR Hotline for February 10, 2016

In this week’s issue of the UMCOR Hotline, learn about UMCOR’s disaster response training for the local church, districts and annual conferences, and get resources for One Great Hour of Sharing, March 6.


Early Response Teams respond when they are deployed by their conference.
When disaster strikes, it is the local church that provides the first response to the community. This basic understanding, that disaster response is local, forms the foundation for UMCOR’s US disaster training and response.

UMCOR trains teams of volunteers, local churches, districts, and conferences in disaster recovery so that they have the tools they need to coordinate an efficient response. Whether it’s early response team training, case management, or “Connecting Neighbors,” a disaster-readiness program that equips volunteer trainers to help guide the church in recovery, UMCOR provides the expertise the local church needs during times of disaster.

“UMCOR remains the ‘go-to’ organization for disaster case management training,” said Catherine Earl, U.S. Disaster Response executive, “and it is through this long-term recovery partnership that lives can be changed in lasting ways.”

After a disaster, UMCOR provides financial assistance at the request of the affected annual conference, expertise in disaster response, and networking to connect the church, local government, and other experts and organizations to help communities get back on their feet.

Read “Seven ‘Fast Facts’ About UMCOR Training” now to learn more.

Gifts to UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670, support these training programs, as well as aid in disaster recovery.

Support the work of UMCOR through One Great Hour of Sharing on March 6, 2016.
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) is Sunday, March 6. It is one of the six church-wide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church.

OGHS enables UMCOR to live out its mission to alleviate human suffering and respond to natural or human-caused disasters. And, it’s your gifts that make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects our donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.

UMCOR does not receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without your offerings, UMCOR would not exist.

Use these available resources and empower your congregation to give on March 6.

Download and share an OGHS church bulletin, poster, and a Pastor and Leader’s Kit. This kit includes plenty of new social media banners for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter networks, as well as website banners and wallpapers for five smartphone platforms. Also view the Annual Conference Communicator Pastor and Leaders Kit for similar resources.

For 10 ways to promote OGHS and the work of UMCOR, download this e-book, “How to Promote One Great Hour of Sharing in Your Congregation.”

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church by sending a check to:

PO Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068
or by calling 1-800-554-85831-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting "UMCOR" to 41444 to support our relief efforts around the world. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.

Please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick, or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister with them.

Photo Caption

Image 1: Early Response Teams respond when they are deployed by their conference. Photo: Billy Robinson

Image 2: Support the work of UMCOR through One Great Hour of Sharing on March 6, 2016. Photo: United Methodist Communications


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Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.