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The UMCOR Hotline for December 5, 2012

Source: United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) - USA - Wed, 5 Dec 2012 20:05 GMT
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In Today's Hotline: Read how UMCOR is responding to needs all over the world.

NEWS: THOUSANDS OF SANDY SURVIVORS KNOW THE CHURCH CARES
PRAYER: ADVENT
MEDIA: HIV AND AIDS PROGRAMS IN THE UNITED STATES
RESOURCE: CHRISTMAS GIVING WITH UMCOR

NEWS: THOUSANDS OF SANDY SURVIVORS KNOW THE CHURCH CARES

One thousand Early Response Team (ERT) members working in severely damaged homes on Long Island alone.

Four thousand cleaning buckets handed directly to storm survivors in New Jersey's hardest-hit coastal towns – and thousands more given across the rest of the state.

Three thousand hot meals served from a single church in the devastated city of Crisfield, Maryland.

One month after Hurricane Sandy struck, it's possible to summarize the church's response in numbers, though these statistics are ever-changing as relief efforts continue in earnest.

So many facets of Hurricane Sandy response are still unfolding that a snapshot portrayal is difficult to capture. In countless, priceless ways, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is sending hurricane survivors the message that the church will continue to offer relief, even while planning for a long-term recovery that will take not months but years. Read more.

UMCOR has issued $170,000 grants so far to directly help Hurricane Sandy survivors in Cuba, North Carolina, Peninsula-Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Additional grants will continue to support immediate relief and long-term recovery.

Keep the care going. Please give to Hurricanes 2012, UMCOR Advance #3021787.

PRAYER: ADVENT

UMCOR’s board president, Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, invites us to wait, hope, and pray as we enter the Advent season:

In this season of Advent we are once again invited to wait for the reign of Christ, the “coming soon” Christ, to relieve the suffering in our world. We hope for the “Prince of Peace,” even in the midst of hurricanes, bombs, death, and destruction. And, while we wait expectantly, we offer the world relief from suffering by being the hands of the “coming soon” Christ, present and involved in the lives of those who suffer and require help.
And in Advent we pray as we wait for the reign of peace to be complete in our world. We pray for Christ’s love to be manifest in and through us. We pray for the end to the violence of God’s children toward each other.

Read more of Bishop Jung’s reflection.

MEDIA: HIV AND AIDS PROGRAMS IN THE UNITED STATES

This week, the UMCOR series “A Look at HIV and AIDS” is about programs in the United States. Learn about AIDS ministries from Patricia Magyar, UMCOR Health executive, in this new video.

RESOURCE: CHRISTMAS GIVING WITH UMCOR

As you complete your Christmas shopping, consider giving a gift that will make a difference by purchasing an alternative gift through UMCOR’s partners gift catalog. You can provide food to a child, give a storm-stricken family assistance, or provide lifesaving mosquito nets to a vulnerable family.

Also available through UMCOR are gift sets that support fair trade. These sets include fair-trade coffee, chocolate, or tea, and a candle made by a refugee in the United States. The special sets include the following. Holiday Cheer, A Peaceful Moment, and Start the Day Right.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting “UMCOR” to 80888. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.

And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.

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