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Notices — Sept. 2, 2004 {0155}

Notices — Sept. 2, 2004 {0155}

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Notices — Sept. 2, 2004 {0155}

Sept. 2, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140     Orlando  {0155}

An e-Review News Item
By Tita Parham**

Concert benefits victims of Hurricane Charley
ST. PTETERSBURG — First United Methodist Church here is the host site of a concert Sept. 12 that will benefit victims of Hurricane Charley.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. and features Susie Luchsinger, a multiple Christian Country Music Award (CCMA) winner and Dove Award Nominee. Luchsinger is also Reba McEntire's sister.

A love offering will be taken for Hurricane Charley victims in south Florida. 

Congregations across the conference are invited to the event, which will also honor the volunteers who have been working to provide relief to affected areas.

To learn more about Luchsinger visit For assistance in promoting the concert call the church at 727-894-4661.

Bilingual translators needed in Arcadia, Nocatee

LAKELAND — Bilingual translators are needed to help victims of Hurricane Charley in Arcadia and Nocatee complete paperwork for assistance while waiting in line at American Red Cross centers there.

Residents have been arriving as early as 1:30 a.m. to receive assistance, and translators are needed to help speed the process, according to American Red Cross officials.

American Red Cross centers are located at St. Paul Catholic Church in downtown Arcadia, at the college there, and at the RCMA center in Nocatee. Individuals interested in volunteering should first contact Viviana Carloss at 239-707-5149 or Volunteers will receive training before beginning work with residents.

Foundation, Credit Union offer special loans in wake of storm

LAKELAND — The Florida United Methodist Foundation and Florida United Methodist Credit Union are offering special loans to help churches and members recover from Hurricane Charley.

The Foundation is providing emergency 12-month, 0 percent interest loans of up to $25,000 per church for churches damaged by Hurricane Charley. A total of $500,000 is available for the program. Sharing Plan loans of up to $50,000 per church are also available to churches at 0.5 percent above the Sharing Plan interest rate, adjustable annually. The current loan rate is 2 percent.

For more information on these emergency loan programs contact the Foundation at 1-800-282-8011, extension 106;; or

The Credit Union is providing unsecured disaster loans of up to $5,000 at 5.5 percent interest and with payments up to 24 months for all members of the credit union. Members should apply online at


Florida Conference United Methodists are encouraged to send contributions to "Florida Storm Recovery Fund" Conference Special #605 to their local church. Church offerings should be sent to the Florida Conference Treasurer, The United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 3767, Lakeland, FL 33802.

Individuals or groups interested in coordinating a group to assist with hurricane relief and recovery efforts should contact the Florida Storm Recovery Center at 1-800-282-8011, extension 149. The Florida Conference Storm Recovery Team can be contacted by e-mail at

For conference news and updates related to Hurricane Charley go to

This commentary relates to Florida Conference Disaster Response.

*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor
of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Parham is editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.