5th Episcopal District - Alabama Disaster Relief
Bishop Teresa Snorton, Presiding Prelate
April 30, 2011
Thanks to everyone across the CME Connection who has expressed concern and lifted prayers for the people of Alabama. The effects of the tornado damage done on April 27 to several communities in the Southeast, particularly in the state of Alabama, are massive. The death count is now around 300 and there are still a number of persons missing. Search and recovery efforts are still underway. A number of CME families have been impacted directly or indirectly by these tragic deaths. Schools remain closed and power is gradually being restored. We solicit your continued prayers.
The College of Bishops is asking CME individuals and congregations to collect and send an immediate offering for disaster relief in Alabama and other affected areas during the month of May. Checks should be made payable to “CME Department of Finance”, noting it is for Disaster Relief. These donations and future contributions should be mailed to the Presiding Bishop of your Episcopal District.
The following disaster relief efforts have been organized in the 5th and welcome your support:
Individuals and congregations (local and from nearby states) are asked to donate the following items:
Bottled water, tooth paste, tooth brushes, soap, deodorant, shaving cream, disposable razors, shampoo, body lotion, combs, sanitizer, Kleenex tissue, toilet tissue, and new or clean, gently worn folded clothing (men, women and children, socks, and underwear (new) for all ages.
The presidents of each Missionary Society are to supply the following items to Mrs. Geraldine Odom, Birmingham Regional Missionary President: wash cloths, diapers, and female sanitary items.
All items can be dropped off at the Metropolitan CME Church, 1600 Avenue K, Ensley, Birmingham, AL, Rev. Jacob Colbert, Pastor, Phone # (205) 520-4209.
Drop Off times are as follows: beginning Saturday, April 30, at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 1, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Weekdays (Mon – Fri) from 9:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The distribution centers for the communities with the greatest needs are:
1. Trinity CME Church, Pratt City, Rev. George Hill, Pastor, 124 Page Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35214 and
2. St. John CME Church, Ensley, Rev Eddie Richardson, Pastor, 1710 Slayden Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35224
For additional information, contact:
Rev. Geraldine Daniels – Southside CME Church, Birmingham, AL
(1:00-5:00 pm Eastern) 205-252-5673
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bailey Tabernacle CME Church (Rev. Dr. W. Clyde Jones, pastor) is providing meals for the community. Food donations (canned goods, non-perishable items, frozen items) can be taken to the church at 1117 23rd Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-2941.
Bailey Tabernacle is also serving as the host site for the American Red Cross’ Spiritual Response Team’s Condolence Center, where families who have lost a loved one can go and receive spiritual/pastoral care and other forms of support.
Matthew 25: 35-36 reminds us “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me.”
Let us work together for the good of our community by showing the love of God to our neighbors in this time of pain and loss. Thank you for all your support!
Bishop Teresa E. Snorton
Fifth Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church