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Connection aids hurricane-damaged churches Connection aids hurricane-damaged churches

Without the help of the United Methodist connection, First Grace United Methodist Church would not be a functioning congregation.

"My salary, our associate pastor’s salary and part-time music director are paid through the Katrina Church Recovery Appeal," said the Rev. Shawn Anglim, the pastor at First Grace. "In addition, teams have come from throughout the connection to help us repair and rebuild this beautiful, historic facility, which is a key spot for population growth in New Orleans."
 Plan for the August 29 Special Offering
The storm is over. The calm has come. But work remains to be done before United Methodist churches in Louisiana and Mississippi can meet the growing needs of their traumatized communities. Please open your hearts and your wallets to the Katrina Church Recovery Appeal (#818-001). Your donations of money and service will help to:
• Renovate and reopen hurricane-damaged United Methodist churches, parsonages and other facilities.
• Provide skilled professionals as a labor force.
• Grow congregations where memberships have declined.
• Reestablish community-outreach ministries.
• Train new lay leadership and rebuild church infrastructure.
• Provide salaries for support staff (including associate pastors, church musicians, Christian education directors and others).

Congregations may respond in three ways:

  1. Donate online or through the Katrina Church Recovery Appeal (#818-001) special offering on or around August 29, 2008.

  2. Form congregation-to-congregation partnerships with churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama-West Florida.

  3. Send skilled workers such as electricians, plumbers, drywall hangers, finish carpenters, painters, landscapers and others to assist with rebuilding. Also needed are volunteers in church music, Christian education and evangelical outreach.

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