Richland Hills, TXPolice

The Fellas of Richland Hills UMC, our United Methodist Men’s unit, made a two-day presentation of 27 Strength for Service Devotionals to the entire staff of the Richland Hills, Texas Police Department. The presentation took two days in order to personally meet and make the presentation to as many of the sworn officers and civilian support employees of the department as was possible over shift changes.

Kentucky church presents 250 books to first responders

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky.––Hopkinsville UMC gave copies of Strength for Service to God and Community to 250 first responders in their community. The church placed American flag envelopes in every bulletin. The congregation was invited to contribute to the book distribution effort. “What a great day we had delivering the books,” said Leah Malloy, mission ministry coordinator. [...]

Men give devotional books for first responders following mudslide

ARLINGTON, Wash.––Arlington United Church’s Men’s group distributed Strength for Service to God and Community daily devotional books to 200 first responders involved with the Oso, Wash., mudslide. The men were involved in the tedious process of identifying remains more than a week after a March 22 landslide roared across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish [...]

Men give books to first responders

NATCHITOCHES, La.––After sending many copies of the Strength for Service book to the military, men of First UMC presented Strength for Service to God and Community books to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, the City of Natchitoches Fire Department and the City of Natchitoches Police Department. Each department received 50 copies of the books in [...]

Church honors fire fighters and police officers

HINSDALE, Ill.––In May, Hinsdale UMC welcomed 25 firefighters, police officials, and paramedics to a Sunday service. Members recited a first-responders’ prayer, followed by a photo tribute on sanctuary screens to seven firefighters who died in the line of duty. Michael Halligan, son of deceased Deputy Sheriff Carroll Edward Halligan, lit a memorial candle. First responders [...]

2014 SEJ Disaster Academy – Billy Robinson

The ice storm cometh, the ERTs respondeth

On Feb. 12-13, South Carolina was hit with a severe winter ice storm that crippled many areas of our state with downed trees, widespread power loss and hazardous conditions that had not been seen for 10 years. Some have labeled it “the ice storm of the century for South Carolina.” S.C. United Methodist Volunteers In [...]

Men give devotional books to first responders following mudslide

ARLINGTON, Wash.--Arlington United Church’s Men’s group distributed 200 Strength for Service to God and Community daily devotional books to first responders involved with the Oso, Wash., mudslide. The men were involved in recovering victims of a March 22 landslide that broke off a steep hill, roared across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and buried a [...]