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Age poses no barrier for Katrina relief workers


By John Gordon* Click here to see the video version of this story. OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (UMNS) - Aubrey Smith laced up his work boots under a cloudy Mississippi sky. He could have been home enjoying his favorite pastimes, fishing or playing golf. Instead, he traveled 400 miles to aid families whose homes were destroyed and whose lives were thrown into chaos by Hurricane Katrina. "They just need a lot of help," he said. At 85, Smith is still going strong and wanted to volunteer. "There was an ...

Recent church burnings raise larger issue


A UMNS ReportBy Kelly Martini* Responding to the recent arsons of 10 Alabama churches, United Methodists are joining the call to focus on broader issues of church burnings that are continuing nationally. All of the Alabama churches burned since Feb. 3 housed Baptist congregations. Five of the churches have predominantly black congregations and five have predominantly white membership. The Women's Division, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, has long worked on this issue through the ...

United Methodist hurricane relief exceeds $62 million


By Elliott Wright* NEW YORK (UMNS) - More than $62 million was contributed in 2005 to the United Methodist Committee on Relief for hurricane relief and rehabilitation in the United States and wider Gulf of Mexico region. "Year-end receipts from the annual conferences pushed the figure far, far beyond what we anticipated in the late fall," said Roland Fernandes, treasurer of the Board of Global Ministries, the denominational agency of which UMCOR is a part. UMCOR had received $62.37 million as ...

North Alabama Women in Ministry group helps to rebuild in Mississippi


The concrete block building of Pass Christian First United Methodist Church stands strong just a block away from the Mississippi coastline. Almost five months after Hurricane Katrina poured feet of storm surge into the sanctuary, fellowship hall and classrooms, the church was buzzing with activity. With the leadership of clergywoman Terry Hilliard, who now also serves as an UMCOR regional director for two Mississippi counties, the church reconstructed their education wing as a bunk house for ...

Conference Announces New Coordinator for Conference Disaster Response Team


Mr. Steve Kilgore, a member of First United Methodist Church in Weaver, has been appointed as the new coordinator of the conference Disaster Response Team. Steve has been actively involved in disaster response relief efforts in the aftermath of tornados and hurricanes across the North Alabama Conference. He has been serving as the lay coordinator for the Anniston District's Disaster Response Team for the past four years. Steve is very involved as a leader in his church and community. He is a ...

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