Hurricane Relief

by Joel on August 31, 2005

Contributions toward Hurricane Katrina relief efforts may be made on-line through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Or, contributions may be mailed to UMCOR at P.O. Box 9068, New York, N.Y. 10087-9068. If contributing by check, make checks payable to UMCOR and write “Advance # 982523 Hurricane 2005 Global” in the memo line. (If you just wrote “Katrina relief” the money would still get to the proper place.)

Many thanks for all the prayers from across the borders and across the shores.

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Ivan The Crank 08.31.05 at 8:03 pm

Having gone through 3 of the 4 hurricanes last year here in Central Florida, we thought we had it tough at the time. Now, there is no comparison with what has happened because of Katrina. Isn’t amazing when we think we’ve seen the worst that nature can produce, a sunami like December’s or a hurricane like Katrina come along and remind us how little control we have over external effects on our lives, only how we prepare and respond to these events. UMCOR is already mobilizing and working with other relief agencies like the Red Cross and Salvation Army, FEMA, etc. Go here for more info: http://www.flumc.info/cgi-script/csArticles/articles/000015/001500.htm.

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Joel 08.31.05 at 8:15 pm

Thanks, Ivan.

I understand that Florida churches have been severely impacted by the inability to secure property and liability insurance, either at all or at affordable rates. Any improvement in this area? At my churches, property insurance is now between 55 and 60% of what apportionments are. Besides the market changes, we were hit hard the the ‘99 F-5 tornados and then later an “ice storm of the century.”

By the way, I’m really impressed with your Bishop. Although he is more conservative than I am on some issues, he seems to represent a “third” way of addressing theology that could help avert schism in the denomination.

Hey, isn’t it time you and Swan and Mike and whoever else I’m leaving out wrote some posts again?

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Ivan the Crank 09.02.05 at 12:48 pm

It probably is time for me to write another post - I just find it hard to find the time to check Richard’s and respond once in a while.

The Florida Conference is self insured as a result of the difficulty in getting insurance after Hurricane Andrew. That worked pretty well at keeping our rates down until last year’s set of hurricanes. We are still self insured, but the rates have gone up and many of our churches are still waiting for our claims to be paid (mine included - we had a lot of water intrusion through our old brickwork that has created moisture, mold and mildew problems inside that are now a year old - we’re still negotiating with the insurance company.)

Our Bishop has made good impressions since he was elected, having nor really sought the episcopacy (sad to say, many do aspire to the office and campaign most of their pastoral lives). His love for the early Church Fathers and Mothers as well as his balanced view of most positions clearly gives him that “third” way. He’s a good fellow to just sit down and talk with, as well.

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