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Hope for Harvey Mission Team

Hope for Harvey Mission Team

published 7/30/2018

Early Saturday morning, July 21, 2018, teens and adults from the Northeast and East Central Districts loaded two motor coaches in Cedar Rapids and departed for the Rio Conference in Texas. 
 
The "Hope for Harvey" mission team spent the week in La Grange, Texas, helping build new, permanent housing for people who will soon be giving up temporary FEMA trailers in the area that was devastated by the rain, winds, and flooding of Hurricane Harvey, in August of 2017. La Grange sits about halfway between Houston and Austin near the Colorado River.
 
District Disaster Coordinators and Mission Team Leaders, Pastors Phil Rogers and Keith Pitts, rallied the team during luggage and equipment loading and led a prayer circle to ask God's guidance and safety for their travel and work.
 
Support vehicles and trailers with food and tools were a part of the team. An overnight stop was planned in Wichita, KS, during each leg of the north-south travel. The team returned Sunday, July 29.

Reported by Eric Wylie and Courtney Glienke
 

Race: The Power of an Illusion

Race: The Power of an Illusion

published 7/23/2018
RACIAL EQUITY AWARENESS LEARNING EXCHANGES
*       Jesus calls us to love God and love neighbor.
*       Racial justice is an ongoing focus of United Methodist Women mission work.
*       We are called to live out the Charter for Racial Justice in our communities.
*       Racial disproportionality and disparity occur in Iowa.
 
RACE: The POWER of an ILLUSION (RPI) is a one-day guided educational experience that brings people from various backgrounds together to begin “courageous conversations” as they explore intersections of race, equity, and child welfare guided by trained facilitators using a variety of resources.
 
Learning Exchange is FREE!  Pre-Registration is required and limited to the first 35   

Contact Kathi Mitchell @ 
kathimitchell1954@gmail.com or text anytime or call before 7:30 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. at 563-419-6795 for more information.

WHO - Faith community pastors, staff & members; foster parents, child advocates & professionals; interested community members. (0.5 UMC CEUs, SW CEUs, & foster parent credit hours available.)
 
* Monday, August 13 – Adel United Methodist Church
* Tuesday, October 9 – Corydon United Methodist Church
* Tuesday, October 16 – New Hampton United Methodist Church
* Monday, October 29 – Storm Lake United Methodist Church

8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
 
Lunch provided by each church’s UMW unit - Donations appreciated!
 
SPONSORED BY: Iowa Conference United Methodist Women in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Human Services