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Notices — July 23, 2004 {0120}

Notices — July 23, 2004 {0120}

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Notices — July 23, 2004

July 23, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140     Orlando  {0120}

An e-Review News Item
By J.A. Buchholz**

Annual conference offering totals exceed $7,000

LAKELAND — In addition to the offering collected at the 2004 Florida Conference Event for the Eastern Angola Conference, several other offerings were also collected.

The Board of Ordained Ministry annually collects an offering, which this year totaled $4,700.21. A laity offering of $2,839.19 was also collected and will be made available to the conference's Board of Lay Ministry.

Relief agency responds to Haiti, Dominican Republic floods

LAKELAND — Flooding in the Caribbean island of Hispaniola has caused hundreds of deaths and left thousands of families without homes. People in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic have been affected.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has sent emergency supplies and grants and is working with the Evangelical Dominican Church in the Dominican Republic and the Methodist Church of Haiti. Florida Conference missionary Connie DiLeo is part of the on-site efforts through the Community Partners Association ministry in the Dominican Republic.

UMCOR has issued an emergency bulletin appealing to all annual conferences to respond to the emergency by giving generously to a new emergency Advance, Number 410200, "Dominican Republic/Haiti Flood Relief." Monetary offerings may be sent to the Florida Conference Treasurer in Lakeland, designated "Advance, Number 410200, Dominican Republic/Haiti Flood Relief."

Several tools to educate church members about the relief effort include a PDF bulletin insert in English, Spanish and Creole that can be printed copied and distributed to members and a copy of the PowerPoint presentation used during the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event, along with a script that provides cues for advancing through the presentation. Churches with projection capabilities are encouraged to use these two files as part of a multi-media interpretation effort.

These files are available for download from the Florida Conference Web site at

For more information on the needs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic visit UMCOR's Web site at

Liberia needs continued support

LAKELAND — The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to the humanitarian crisis in Liberia through its staff based in West Africa, the United Methodist Church of Liberia, Church World Service and Action by Churches Together (ACT). UMCOR has also assisted former child soldiers of Liberia in laying down their guns, returning to school and reclaiming their lives as children.

Support for UMCOR in Liberia can be sent to UMCOR Advance Number 150300, Liberia Emergency. Checks can be placed in church collection plates or mailed to the agency at 475 Riverside Dr., Room 330, New York, N.Y. 10115. Credit card donations can be made by calling 800-554-8583.


*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor
of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Buchholz is a staff writer for e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.