The Connector 
August 19, 2016


Our friends in Louisiana need our prayers and our help. They are in a state of emergency due to massive flooding.

How You Can Help - by August 29!

Prepare and Send the Following Items (as indicated)

Cleaning Buckets – Cleaning Bucket Kit (also referred to as “flood buckets” by some)

Health Kits – Instructions for Health Kits

Other needed items:
  • Rakes – yard rakes (No leaf rakes)
  • Box Fans
  • Garden Sprayers – 2 gallon only
  • Flat Bill Shovels
  • 25 foot Extension Cords

Bring these items to the TN Conference Office on weekdays and up until NOON on Monday, Aug. 29. 

We will be loading a truck that afternoon (and need help then too!) That truck will then travel to the Memphis Conference to pick up supplies to be driven down to Louisiana.

If your church needs to drop off items on Sunday afternoon (August 28), please contact Angela Overstreet to arrange a time.

TNUMC Conference Office, 302 S. Perimeter Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37211
Phone: 615-329-1177 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F)

While our initial reaction to a disaster is to want to go to the affected area to provide hands-on help, UMCOR asks that volunteers hold-off on self-deployment.

If you are interested in assisting in Louisiana or Mississippi, TNUMC will be deploying teams when officials in those areas have assessed needs are ready for our help.

Please contact Angela Overstreet, if you would like to assist onsite in the coming weeks and months of recovery.
News Briefs & Links

“Healing the Nation - Clarksville District” will be held on Thursday, September 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Hilldale United Methodist Church, 1751 Madison Street, Clarksville TN 37043. Clarksville District pastors are encouraged to attend and are welcome to invite key lay leadership. At this meeting you will be briefed on the current state of plans in the Tennessee legislature to expand health care coverage for those in the coverage gap. You will also be provided with material to assist you or others lead a congregational session exploring the Biblical and theological foundations related to advocacy for those in the gap. Lunch will be provided. 

To enable effective planning, please register here  
If you have additional questions contact Merrilee Wineinger at or call 615-695-2776

Clergy Email: email addresses are now available for clergy - click here to request one!

MissionInsite: Clergy who have moved to new appointments can get access to MissionInsite Maps for their new location by contacting Amy Hurd in the Conference office at

TODAY is your final opportunity to sign! "Interfaith Energy Justice Letter" from faith leaders in Tennessee to TVA: Please sign this letter that asks TVA to significantly step up its programs to help low-income households become more energy efficient through weatherization and other measures. Read more and access letter to sign...

Donate to Help Disaster Response

Through the Tennessee Conference Office
By check, please mail to: TNUMC Disaster Response at 304 S. Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 1, Nashville, TN 37211. OR b
y Credit Card online by clicking HERE.

Through UMCOR | US Disaster Response 

Through the LA Conference Office (address below). Please note “AUGUST 2016 FLOOD” in the memo field of the check.

Louisiana Annual Conference
Attn: Flood Buckets
527 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Bishop's Blog:
Greater Things
Are Yet to be Done

What you can do to help with the Louisiana flood response.
Beginning August 30 / Homework Volunteers Are Needed To Serve In The Afterschool Program at Project Transformation sites. More...

September 16-17 / Early Response Team training at Cedar Crest Camp. Official UMCOR training for anyone who wants to be able to respond with a United Methodist team after a disaster.  More information and registration

September 17 & 24 (register by August 19) / Fall Lay Servant Ministries Training Event in the Columbia District Download brochure

September 18 / Breaking the Silence - suicide prevention event at Calvary UMC. More Information

October 10 / Diana Butler Bass will be the keynote speaker for Christians Engaged in Faith Formation at Vanderbilt's Benton Chapel. Registration fee--$50 for a full day. There should be enough contact time for .5 CEUs. More...

More Events on the TNUMC.Org Calendar


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Nashville, TN 37211

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