Sterling UMC’s Early Response Team Seeks New Members

Are you skilled in the areas of carpentry or other contractor-type work like roofing, engineering, construction, electrical, or plumbing?  Or maybe you just like to do any of the aforementioned as a hobby?

Sterling United Methodist Church is looking to grow our core group of Early Response Team (ERT) members and need those who may have these and other skills; or those who may be unskilled but have a calling to help others during at time of disaster.

According to information provided by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR):

UMCOR trains Early Response Team volunteers to respond to natural disasters, to mitigate further damage from rain, wind, or mold, salvage belongings gently, and remove debris. Most importantly, each ERT learns to provide a listening ministry, just as Jesus did to all who suffered losses.

Early Response Teams (ERTs) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged home, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence.  ERTs are not a first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams. Under very specific guidelines, ERTs assist survivors, without causing  further harm or being a burden to the affected community.  ERTs require an invitation to travel to another district, conference, or jurisdiction.  UMCOR works in collaboration with United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM).

Sterling United Methodist Church has an active Early Response Team.  Sterling UMC’s team was deployed to Virginia Beach in 2016 for hurricane Matthew cleanup; Edenton, North Carolina in 2016 for cleanup after a tornado touched down in that area; and Crisfield, Maryland after hurricane Sandy in 2012.

If you think you have the calling and or the skills to participate in our ERT program; or you would just like more information, Steve Barham will be presenting a discussion on ERT during the 10 AM Growing Deeper at Ten hour at Sterling United Methodist Church this Sunday, January 28.

If you like you can attend our 9 AM service and stay for the discussion or attend the 10 AM discussion and stay for our 11 AM Contemporary service.

For more information contact Steve Barham at .

Sterling UMC is a community church and all are welcome to visit and attend our services and support our mission efforts.

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