Uwharrie District eNews


Email received and posted October 29, 2015

Prayer and Praise

Please join us in sympathy for the death of former Conference Director of Ethnic and Justice Ministries and Lake Norman District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Lillie Madison Jones of High Point, who passed on October 27, 2015. Surviving Dr. Jones are her husband, Frederick Jones; two children, Giselle and Rick; and several grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1225 Chestnut Drive, High Point, NC 27262. Visitation will be at 11:45 am, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to The Lillie Madison Jones Foundation, PO Box 2372, High Point, NC 27261.
A Call to a Season of Prayer and Discernment
The week of November 1
Prayers for the Body of Christ:
Pray for the United Methodist Church, the upcoming General and Jurisdictional conferences in 2016
Pray for our promises and covenant with one another as United Methodists
Uwharrie District UMC
Disaster Response Memo
October 25, 2015
South Carolina Flood Relief:
The Western North Carolina Disaster Response Committee met on Tuesday of this past week and approved a motion in response to the South Carolina Conference letting non ERT certified and badged volunteers go and work in their state to help with the flood relief efforts. The motion that the committee approved was that our churches strongly consider not sending any teams whether Early Response, Short Term Building, or Long Term Building unless all volunteers have been through the ERT training sessions as done by a certified UMCOR trainer. The top three reasons for each church to consider this are: 1. During ERT training volunteers are given training on the emotional and spiritual aspects of supporting survivors of a Disaster without becoming emotionally overloaded themselves. 2. As a part of the certification process a Background Check is done on the volunteer to comply with the intent of Safe Sanctuaries Policies. This background check would alert your church as to the possibility of them sending someone out to help who might cause mental or physical harm to a minor or a vulnerable
adult. 3. Teams who send volunteers without ensuring that each volunteer has medical insurance, might incur a huge liability for the team, their church, their District, and the Western NC Conference. An uninsured volunteer recently sued a church, a district, and a Conference in the United Methodist Church over jobsite injuries received while on a volunteer work team. The injured volunteer was awarded over $300,000.00 for that case.
Therefore it is highly recommended to have all persons being deployed by your church, from Clean Up through ReBuild in Disaster Response to have a current ERT Badge
Our next teams will not be able to deploy again until the week of November 9th. I will need the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of any team volunteers that you may have. They will then be contacted by our Conference Early Response Coordinator, Robert Barr, about their availability and the team deployment schedule. It seems at this time that our District will deploy one to two teams of 5 to 8 people each week for the forseeable future. In some areas they will be moving into the “Rebuild” stage by the week of November 9th, and thus we need the Rebuild teams to be prepared to deploy in that time frame.
Please be reminded of our next two upcoming Early Response Training sessions. The ERT Training sessions are listed online at www.wnccumc.org. Once on that homepage click on the “Mission” tab at the top, then click on the “Disaster Response” tab, then at the bottom of the next page click on “Disaster Response Training” to register online for the training sessions. The Early Response Training does serve it’s purpose in helping volunteers to be prepared to deal with the mental and emotional struggles that they have while deployed in a Disaster cleanup situation. It will also help prepare them to assist those to whom they are going to serve who will be struggling emotionally and spiritually. The training on October 30th and 31st is at Davidson UMC in Davidson, NC just north of Charlotte. The week after that, November 6th and 7th the training is being offered in Asheville at Central UMC in Asheville, NC. The Friday night classes are “Re-Certification” for those who have a current ERT Badge. The Saturday classes are for “Certification” for those whose ERT Badge may have expired or for those who have never had an ERT Badge.
May we all in the Uwharrie District help to strengthen that connection with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the South Carolina Conference by choosing to make a monetary donation or by donation of our time and effort.
Grace & Peace,
Pastor Scott Davis
Uwharrie District Disaster Response Coordinator
Cell # (336) 460-0831 Email: sdavis3@wnccumc.net
District Superintendent: Rev. Laura Auten
Office # (704)983-1104 Email: lauten@wnccumc.org

The Foundation Confirmation Team, Gloria and Chris Hughes along with Kathleen Kilbourne and myself, will once again be leading our series of Confirmation Weekends, one in December and eight more in the spring. If you are planning on taking your confirmands on retreat as part of their spiritual journey, we would love to have your group join us.
December 4-6, 2015 @ Lake Junaluska, NC
February 19 & 20 @ Soapstone UMC, Raleigh, NC (NC Conference event)
February 26-28 @ Lake Junaluska, NC
March 4-6 @ Lake Junaluska, NC
March 11-13 @ Lake Junaluska, NC
April 8-10 @ Lake Junaluska, NC
April 15-17 @ Lake Junaluska, NC
April 22-24 @ Lake Junaluska, NC
April 29-May 1 @ Lake Junaluska, NC
You will find the information you need on the registration forms on our web site – www.fcfconfirm.net. While it may seem early in the season to be making plans for next spring, several of the retreats are nearly full and about to close. Go to our web page and note the numbers in the “space available” column. If dates are critical to your plans for taking your confirmands on retreat, the sooner you reserve your space, the better.
If, for some reason, you will not be taking your class on retreat this fall or next spring, please respond to this email and I will not bother you again until Confirm’17 comes around. Or if you simply do not wish to be on this mailing list, reply with “unsubscribe” in the subject line, and thy will, will be done.
Sharing the journey,
the grateful ed
Ed Kilbourne, FCF Resource Team