Memphis Conference receives $10,000 grant from UMCOR for spring floods


United Methodists in the Memphis Conference are undertaking recovery programs for those affected by spring floods, thanks to assistance from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

A $10,000 solidarity grant received by the Memphis Conference (West Tennessee and Western Kentucky) in March from UMCOR is being utilized under the direction of Rev. Robert Craig, coordinator of the Disaster Response Ministry for the Nashville Episcopal Area that includes the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences.

Explaining the grant, Craig said in March it will “help with immediate and emergency needs until the entire situation can be assessed and a request for more funding can be submitted.”

Craig said UMCOR solidarity grants are part of the administration costs calculated into what is received each year from UMCOR Sunday giving.

The official date for UMCOR Sunday in 2019 was March 31, but churches may choose another date during the year to recognize and support UMCOR.  

“Gifts received for UMCOR Sunday fund all administrative costs for the coming year and solidarity grants,” said Craig. “The offerings received on UMCOR Sunday allow for every dollar given to a specified Advance for disaster response to be spent on the disaster. That’s 100 percent of all advance giving. UMCOR Sunday ensures that all Advance giving can be directed to disaster response.”

Craig encourages all Memphis Conference congregations to give to UMCOR, a “vital ministry of our church that reaches into our communities, throughout the nation and around God’s world.” 

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