As the news of the Oklahoma tornadoes continues to develop, it is tempting to become overwhelmed and even immune to the disaster needs all around us. We are just now getting word about possible volunteer teams to Granbury, and now there are so many needs to become aware of in Oklahoma. I want to encourage you to continue to pray. It is our first response as we hope and serve as grace-filled people in Christ.
I also wanted to let you know that monetary gifts are of the greatest help at this point. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is the disaster response mission arm of the United Methodist Church. They are deployed immediately after a disaster much like the Red Cross and often stay longer. 100% of what you give goes directly to disaster relief.
In order to give, go to www.umcor.org and click on the picture that says "GIVE NOW to Tornado Response." It will take several days for first responders to decide what other kinds of volunteers are needed. We will keep you in the loop as this develops.
Also, if you would like to do something more tangible in response, see the attached flyer for needs related to the SPCA in Oklahoma. We have made a direct connection with them and know their needs. You are welcome to bring these items anytime through Sunday morning. The apostle Paul reminds us to "never stop praying" in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Surely this is a season of prayer, generosity and compassion that can really make a difference.
See you Sunday!