We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world and have a responsibility to love and care for our neighbors.
Mission of the Month
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
UMCOR Disaster Relief is our mission of the month for January. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is dedicated to stand with communities in need over the long haul of their recovery until a new normal is established after a crisis. UMCOR responds to disasters that overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Relief is holistic in nature, offering preparedness training, essential relief supplies, long-term support in rebuilding efforts and assisting communities as they adapt.
In 2017, UMCOR responded to hurricanes in the Gulf Coast of Texas, Florida and the one in Puerto Rico, which did unprecedented levels of destruction, devastating the lives of millions of people. Hundreds of persons who lived in these areas are still in shelters and without funds to repair housing. Many homes are not repairable.
UMCOR also responded to two major earthquakes in Mexico—an 8.1 magnitude in Oaxaca, Chiapas and Morelos and a 7.1 magnitude in the vicinity of Mexico City. They caused widespread damage to homes, hospitals and nearly 300 people have died.
Global missionaries, Hector La Pata and Amanda Cherry who work in Mexico City report they are safe. The two greatest needs are pastoral support and housing, food and household items.
Donations given through Laurel Heights will go to the areas where the money is most needed.
You may give to the Mission of the Month online or at the Sunday Communion rail or in the baskets on the table during Wednesday night dinner. You may also give through the church website here.
Ways to Serve