Opportunities with VIM and Disaster Response: Sept. 4, 2015

UMCOR Sager Brown has 14 spots reserved for Arkansans in December

Are you are interested in adding your name to an ever-growing list of missionaries dedicated to making a difference in this world? Then plan to join us at UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in December 2015! The Arkansas Conference has 14 open spots on a 20-person journey of mission that will take participants to Louisiana so their work can reach around the world.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has a long and rich history of serving others in times of distress. UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La., welcomes more than 3,000 volunteers of all ages and skill levels each year. Our team will have a five-night mission experience beginning Sunday, Dec. 6 and ending Friday, Dec. 11—and it will be one of the best weeks of your year. The group will arrive on Sunday evening for orientation, and work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

What’s the cost for this rewarding week of service? Some expenses are set; some are not. The Conference has already paid participants’ processing fees of $25. Participants will be responsible for:

  • Five nights lodging ($120)
  • Meals at Sager Brown ($110)
  • Travel expenses on the way to and from Sager Brown. It’s hard to estimate these costs until we know how many are going, who can carpool, meal plans, etc.
  • Supper on Wednesday. We will work in the morning and have lunch on the grounds, but the afternoon and evening are left open for those who want to do some sight-seeing while in south Louisiana.
  • Each team member is asked to bring relief kit donations or contribute $50 per member. We suggest the cash contribution, as Sager Brown can buy in bulk and purchase many supplies at reduced prices.

UMCOR Sager Brown is eager to welcome you and add your name to a long list of servants from the Arkansas Conference who care enough to put their faith in action.

Want more information? Contact Cathy Hall Hughes at 501-324-8020 or chughes@arumc.org. This trip will fill up quickly. Get your name on the list!

You’re needed! More work to do in Arkansas

There are more Disaster Recovery and VIM projects around the state awaiting volunteer workers. To learn more or get involved, contact Janice Mann (870-703-8359 or disaster@arumc.org) or Byron Mann (870-826-0268 or vim@arumc.org).

Attend SCJ Mission Academy 2015 Sept. 25-27

The South Central Jurisdiction Mission Academy brings together those who desire to serve others through hands-on mission to learn, share and discuss healthy and effective ways to do so. This year, the Academy offers a variety of courses, from Disaster Response to Leadership to Understanding Poverty and much more.

This year’s academy will be hosted at Hoblitzelle Camp and Conference Center in Midlothian, Texas, from 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25 until 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. To review course options or to register, visit www.scjumc.org/academy.

If you have questions after reviewing the information, contact Audrey Phelps, Volunteers In Mission and Disaster Response director for the South Central Jurisdiction: 636-344-0389 or vimphelps@gmail.com.

If you register, email Janice and Byron Mann, as they are keeping track of attendees from Arkansas and can offer referrals for particular classes.