March, 2021

Ice storms followed by heavy rains caused rivers to flood across much of the southern part of West Virginia. Even before the governor made a disaster declaration United Methodists were mobilized to help.

Dan and Sue Lowther, Conference Disaster Response coordinators worked tirelessly to deliver much-needed cleaning supplies from New Vision Depot. David Stilgenbauer led efforts with Volunteers in Mission to muck out basements that were flooded and local churches still reeling from two weeks of ice storms became shelters and distribution shelters.

There is still much to do.

First, pray for those who have been affected, and for those who are being called to lend assistance. If you are able to assist with cleaning up please contact David Stilgenbauer.

Dan Lowther has asked local churches to assemble flood buckets, as the supply at the Depot has been depleted. For instructions to assemble a flood bucket follow this link.

If you'd like to make an individual or church financial donation to flood efforts, that would also be greatly appreciated, because financial contributions go a long way to help with flood response and recovery.

You may support our Disaster Response efforts by donating using one of the methods below.

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The West Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church in partnership with UMCOR and WV-VOAD.
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Contacts:
Conference Disaster Response Leaders

Rev. Dan Lowther: 304-642-0897 (c)
Rev. Sue Lowther: 304-642-0896 (c)

Volunteers in Mission Coordinator:

Rev. David Stilgenbauer: 304-210-6938

On-Line Giving

Your financial contributions go a long way to help with flood response and recovery.

SUPPORT FINANCIALLY our Disaster Response efforts by donating using one of the following methods:

  1. Give through your local church. The church would then send the money along with their church remittance form, earmarked for WV Flood Relief #920. Checks made payable to Conference Treasurer and mailed to PO Box 2469, Charleston, WV 25329.
  2. Give directly using the link provided below. Any gifts given through this link will not process through the church remittance system and therefore cannot be credited to a specific church or show on their church statement.
Donate to WV Flood Relief

Reminder…. any gifts given through this link will not process through the church remittance system and will not be credited to any specific church. Be sure to print your gift confirmation as it will serve as your only tax receipt for your donation.

Disaster response ministry demonstrates a core Christian value: caring for people affected by sudden emergencies.

Our Conference disaster response coordinators help assess needs in the days following a disaster, recruit work teams, and help organize and collect materials such as cleaning buckets, health kits, and other materials as needed.

Values

The work of the West Virginia Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries is grounded in faith in God and in the communities we serve. This gives us the courage to serve boldly as the presence of Christ to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.

  • WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries provides practical, proactive support to the most vulnerable survivors of chronic or momentary emergencies stemming from natural or civil causes.
  • The WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries honors cultural differences. We deliver aid to people without regard to race, religion, politics, gender or sexual orientation. We seek input from local communities in identifying needs and developing innovative solutions.
  • All people have God-given dignity and worth. The most essential partner in the West Virginia Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries work is the beneficiary.
  • WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries works with partners—especially those who are indigenous to the affected locale. Civic organizations, faith communities, school leaders, and other local resources are great assets to sustainable recovery and development, particularly after massive traumatic events.
  • WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries is a good steward of its gifts and grants.
  • WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries does not tie the promise of its relief and development activity to any religious or political viewpoint.
  • The WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries professional staff incorporates best practices and standards to provide innovative, effective, and integrated ministry.
  • The WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries welcomes the good efforts of countless individuals and churches who support us through gifts, prayers, and service.
New Vision Depot

The New Vision Depot serves as the main hub for Disaster Relief Ministry of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Learn More

Help build Flood Buckets and Health Kits 

Follow this link for information about how to build a Flood Bucket (UMCOR Cleaning Kit)

Volunteers in Mission

is a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church that provides a way for lay and clergy Christians to use their skills and talents in service at home and around the world on short term mission assignments.
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U. M. C. O. R.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. We are grateful for our partnership with UMCOR, especially around the areas of Disaster Response.

Learn More

A New Vision with Hope: Disaster Recovery

Recovery after a major flood takes a long time and coordination between volunteers and the communities affected.  West Virginia Conference Disaster Recovery: A New Vision with Hope seeks to meet the needs of those affected by the Summer 2016 floods.

Learn More

 

Rev. Rick Duncan, pastor of Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church in Alderson, West Virginia, shares how their church is prepared for flood waters, a practice that prevented significant loss due to flooding in June 2016.

Only a few items are needed for the flood barrier: Plywood, helicoils, bolts, caulk, wrench. Plywood and bolts are stored until need arises.

"If we hadn't put these in our basement would have had 3 feet of water in it, instead we had just a skim of water." Rev. Rick Duncan. Pastor Duncan serves a church a block away from the Lower Greenbrier River.

As spring storms move into the region preventive measures such as this can make a difference! Watch the video for how Johnson Memorial UMC, Alderson, West Virginia built their own flood barriers.

Disaster Response Ministries: Responding with Love for as Long as it Takes.

Disaster response ministry demonstrates a core Christian value: caring for people affected by sudden emergencies.

Our Conference disaster response coordinators help assess needs in the days following a disaster, recruit work teams, and help organize and collect materials such as cleaning buckets, health kits, and other materials as needed.

Values
The work of the West Virginia Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries is grounded in faith in God and in the communities we serve. This gives us the courage to serve boldly as the presence of Christ to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.
  • WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries provides practical, proactive support to the most vulnerable survivors of chronic or momentary emergencies stemming from natural or civil causes.
  • The WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries honors cultural differences. We deliver aid to people without regard to race, religion, politics, gender or sexual orientation. We seek input from local communities in identifying needs and developing innovative solutions.
  • All people have God-given dignity and worth. The most essential partner in the West Virginia Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries work is the beneficiary.
  • WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries works with partners—especially those who are indigenous to the affected locale. Civic organizations, faith communities, school leaders, and other local resources are great assets to sustainable recovery and development, particularly after massive traumatic events.
  • WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries is a good steward of its gifts and grants.
  • WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries does not tie the promise of its relief and development activity to any religious or political viewpoint.
  • The WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries professional staff incorporates best practices and standards to provide innovative, effective, and integrated ministry.
  • The WV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministries welcomes the good efforts of countless individuals and churches who support us through gifts, prayers, and service.