Shalom Supports the GNJ Sandy Relief Fund

Appeal from Bishop John Schol, Chair, Communities of Shalom and Resident Bishop, Greater New Jersey Conference: 

Michael:  The devastation along the Jersey cost is really bad. People are not allowed yet back into communities. A number of communities were totally under water. I hope you will publicize the information on the Fund we have established below. 
Keep the faith!
John

Dear Clergy Colleagues and Ministers of Shalom: 

I want to share some important information concerning special offerings for Storm victims,  but before I do, I want to share how we are making a difference in the name of Christ.
Superintendent Paul Maliel, assistant Nicola Mulligan, my wife Beverly and daughter Kristen met with our colleagues in the Cape Atlantic District today (Thursday) and heard the stories of damage to parsonages, church buildings, and parishioners’ property. We have at least two parsonages in the Cape Atlantic District that are not usable and as people are allowed into some of the barrier islands, we believe there may be more. We have different types of church damage ranging from minor repairs to major repairs. This is a serious matter because our churches are not covered for flood insurance. We will need to explore together how we will assist with rebuilding parsonages and churches where they may not be covered by insurance.

We met Deanna and Tony, newlyweds, and Nicole, Sara, and Pastor Hector Burgos, all United Methodists from four of our churches, who were volunteering at a shelter outside of Atlantic City. This shelter has had as many as 900 people. It was amazing to watch our fellow disciples interact with the guests and hear how grateful the shelter staff was for their ministry. We had prayer with kitchen workers and other staff and we listened to the stories of people who are trying to figure out how to put their lives together. The night before, Pastor Burgos and the disciples of Oasis Church held a Halloween Party at the shelter for 150 children.

We prayed with disciples from St. Peter’s Church who were cleaning up from the flooding in their building and we stopped by our United Methodist Homes properties in Ocean City as they were welcoming home residents after the evacuation.

People everywhere we went wanted me to thank you, and all United Methodists, for what we are doing and what we will do to make a powerful witness that the work of Christ redeems, heals and renews people and communities.

Clergy have been asking about offerings in their congregations for our GNJ Sandy Relief. Yesterday in a letter, I shared with you about the special Advance number. In a conversation with UMCOR officials this morning, they encouraged me to have you not send your contributions through the Advance but directly to the Conference office so that we can begin to use the money toward the relief ministry. After consultation with Conference leaders, we have established the

GNJ Sandy Relief Fund
1001 Wickapecko Drive
Ocean, NJ 07712-4733

Checks may be made to GNJ Sandy Relief Fund and 100% of church and individual gifts will go directly to the relief work. 

I invite all of our churches to take an offering over the next two weeks. You know best when to take the offering and how to promote the offering.

Our initial ministry continues with churches all across the conference by offering radical hospitality to the community for meals, recharging stations, internet connections and to provide warm places for people to sleep. We also have volunteers that are working across the Conference with Red Cross Shelters and other organizations.  We have individuals helping neighbors to clean up debris and fallen trees. Children are making cards for families and individuals in shelters and others are preparing flood buckets. You are a gift from God. Thank you.

John Schol, Bishop
The United Methodist Church
Greater New Jersey Conference
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