Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult." (Psalm 46:1-3)
I greet you in the name and spirit of the Risen Christ. Our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean and the Northeast United States are suffering the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Some have died. The securities of daily living, jobs, food and shelter have been torn from so many.
Minnesotans know what it is like to be hit by disasters. Many throughout this conference have experienced the fear and loss brought on by floods, tornadoes, and even the collapse of a bridge on a busy interstate highway.
The United Methodist connection responded to the Minnesota Conference when disaster hit. Inpiduals, churches, and conferences throughout the world gave to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which helped support relief efforts here.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I ask you to remember those—including those you may never meet—who came to our aid when disaster hit us. Out of gratitude for their generosity and concern, please give to UMCOR Advance 3021787, Hurricanes 2012. One hundred percent of gifts to this Advance benefits hurricane victims.
I urge all of our churches to ask for a specific offering for this cause in the coming weeks. You may want to designate your Thanksgiving services offering to this Advance.
Psalm 46:1-3 reminds us that we can be a powerful witness and that the work of Christ redeems, heals, and renews people and communities. Extend your generosity to those in need and remember the victims of Hurricane Sandy in prayer.
Please visit the United Methodist Committee on Relief to follow the latest information on Hurricane Sandy relief and download bulletin inserts and other helpful resources.
In Christ's love,
Bishop Bruce R. Ough
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church