From the Desk of Bishop Mark Webb
Editor’s note: Following is a letter from Upper New York Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, asking Upper New York Conference Churches to use the United Methodist Connection to respond to the devastating flooding in Louisiana.
Sisters and brothers in Christ,
Words cannot describe the severe flooding that the residents of Louisiana have suffered through. The flooding has brought devastation to countless people in the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church and throughout the state. You can find details about the flooding and response on the Louisiana Conference website: www.la-umc.org.
I ask you to support the people of Louisiana and the United Methodists who are responding with both your prayers and your gifts.
First, let us hold up all those impacted by the flooding in prayer. Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to find healing and for those who lost property to feel hope for the future. Let us pray for the United Methodists in Louisiana and beyond who will be caring for the hurt and broken people of Louisiana. Let us pray that we as the United Methodist Church can be a shining light for all those who are suffering and truly be God's love in their lives.
Second, I ask that you consider taking an offering at your local church on one of the three coming Sundays (Aug. 28, Sept. 4, or Sept. 11). Checks for the offerings received may be sent to the Conference Office, 324 University Ave. 3rd Floor Syracuse, N.Y. 13210, with “Louisiana Flooding Advance #901670” written in the memo line.
Much like with the response to the West Virginia flooding, opportunities for individuals and groups to serve on work teams will be shared in the coming days.
One of the most amazing things about being United Methodist is our connectional system. Though our connection, we can support people around the country and throughout the world in their times of need. Thank you for being a part of that connection.
Grace and peace,
Bishop Mark J. Webb