February 23, 2009
update on Hurricane recovery from south central conference
Rebuilding Homes, Rebuilding Hope
Neighborhood New Orleans
Rebuilding Homes, Relcaiming Hope
An Ecumenical Work Project of Church World Service
April 20 – May 17, 2009, volunteer groups registered through their own denominations, will work together to rebuild twelve (12) homes in the Little Woods neighborhood of New Orleans. In partnership with Crescent Alliance Recovery Effort (CARE), the long-term recovery group in Orleans Parish, we will help twelve (12) families return home. The goal of this volunteer “blitz” is to remind people everywhere that the long process of recovery from Hurricane Katrina continues, and in places like little Woods which have been largely forgotten, much more help is needed. We will also show the world how people of faith, working side-by-side can make great things happen for their neighbors in need.
OGHS Live! Audio Web Worship
Wednesday March 4, 2009 @7:15 p.m. EST
Celebrate the Lenten season with a series of audio web conferences featuring One Great Hour of Sharing ministries. Rev. Alan Coe is the first presenter. Join in the conversation with people from all over the country. There will be a reflection on the theme of Matthew 6:21, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” by Rev. Coe and an opportunity for questions and answers. An order of service and call in information is available at: >ucc.org/oghs/resources/oghs-lenten-programming.html<
Partner is Service
UCC Volunteer Ministries and National Disaster Ministries are seeking full-time volunteers with skills in construction trades to serve as Work Site Coordinators in disaster recovery sites. Work alongside staff to coordinate the on-site work of disaster recovery mission trip groups. Positions are available beginning in May, 2009. Serve during the summer of 2009. Serve during September – December, 2009, or get on the schedule for 2010. Apply with an introductory application on-line at http://www.ucc.org/volunteer/volunteer-on-line-application.html. Please feel free to contact Rev. Alan Coe firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Blaufuss with any questions email@example.com.
In Memory of Otha Charles
Ms. Otha died recently from complications from a stroke last summer. Her home has been one of our rebuild projects. Many people receiving this have worked on her home. Sadly she never was able to live in her home. One of her favorite sayings was, “God may not show up when you want him too, but he is always on time.”
A home going celebration was held at St. Paul’s UCC on Saturday, February 21. Many friends and family were in attendance to grieve, remember and celebrate Otha’s life. Otha’s graciousness will be missed by all those who knew her. Well done good and faithful servant.
“You’ll never know what heaven means until you’ve been down to New Orleans.” Elvis Presley
2 Million Dollar mark
Total volunteers: 4,260
Total hours worked :106,500
Total groups: 371
Total $ of Volunteer labor:
South Central Conference Disaster Ministry
135 Sauve Road
River Ridge, LA 70123