Concise manual helps churches prepare for, minister in disasters
Is your church prepared to withstand a natural disaster and to help your congregation and community in the aftermath? Being ready just got easier, thanks to the new "A Disaster Preparedness Manual for Churches" from UCC Disaster Ministries and the Insurance Board. Tailored for use by houses of worship of any denomination or faith, the easy-to-use 24-page manual is a guide to preparing your building and congregation and to serving your community when disaster occurs....
UCC extends matching grants for CWS buckets to December 2019
UCC Disaster Ministries is extending the deadline for congregations assembling CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets to apply for Matching Grants up to $250 each. Churches now have until December 31, 2019, to stretch their own cash and in-kind contributions to stocking up these supplies so in demand following hurricanes, flooding and other disasters.
UCC Michigan Conference Disaster Coordinators sailing to General Synod
UCC Michigan Conference Disaster Coordinators Harold and Marcia Beer are steering clear of fossil fuels on their way to the United Church of Christ General Synod in Milwaukee, Wis., June 21-25. They're going by sailboat from Muskegon, Mich. Members of Edgewood United Church UCC in East Lansing, they will sail their 27-foot sloop across Lake Michigan.
Another $50,000 for Hurricane Harvey recovery
UCC Disaster Ministries has sent an additional $50,000 for construction materials for its Hurricane Harvey recovery work site in Port Arthur, Texas, where it has been partnering with a local nonprofit to rehabilitate 17 low-income rental units that were flooded in the August 2017 disaster. 'We are nearing the end of the 17 units ... then it's on to Beaumont," reports the UCC's Joshua Lawrence.
UCC sends another $100,000 for Puerto Rico rebuilding
UCC Disaster Ministries just released another $100,000 to rebuild Hurricane Maria-battered homes in Puerto Rico. UCC's total aid to date tops $600,000. The UCC and the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico are collaborating on a multifaceted response. Among other things, they recruit volunteer work teams, which have restored 75 homes so far! Many more houses are on the waiting list - schedule your work team! There are openings into 2020.