December 18, 2017

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December 2017

Dear friends and supporters of mission,


Many years ago, in a land far away (Somerset, KY), one of our neighbors was employed by Southern Belle Dairy.  George often worked an early shift and he never stayed up too late, because “3 o’clock comes early in the morning.”


Christmas isn’t coming early this year, but the last few months have looked a lot like Christmas at the Mission Response Center.  After two major hurricanes, the gifts came rolling into the Center: thousands of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Cleaning Buckets and tens of thousands of UMCOR Hygiene Kits, mostly from North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina.
Many of these kits didn’t linger and were on their way to people battered by the storms.  In 2017, the Mission Response Center sent 3,080 Cleaning Buckets and 11,136 other UMCOR kits to be used wherever in the world they were needed. The response was so great that the Mission Response Center is well stocked for whatever calamity may come next.


Personal notes are not allowed in UMCOR relief supplies, but the message is “These are gifts from people who worship and honor Christ and who follow the Lord’s admonition as expressed in Matthew 25: 31-46.”


We didn’t overlook authentic, genuine, goodness-gracious Christmas gifts.  In our two 2017 shipments to Project AGAPE in Armenia were 3,739 children’s Christmas boxes from the Western North Carolina Conference.  Combined with those collected in the North Carolina Conference, there should be enough to insure that children served by Project AGAPE in the Kashatagh region will receive boxes filled with wonderful surprises that will bring smiles to their faces and joy to their hearts.


Thanksgiving Day is behind us, but I as an apostle wrote: “I do not cease to give thanks for you…” (Ephesians 1:16).  I am referring to the many marvelous groups that grace us with their presence.  Thanks to the following (mostly) United Methodist Churches (multiple visits in parentheses) who helped at the Mission Response Center in 2017:

 

Assurance UMC, Huntersville, NC (2)            
Bethel UMC, Midland, NC
Bethlehem UMC, Claremont, NC (5)            
Bluff City UMC, Bluff City, TN (3)
Brown’s Chapel UMC, Catawba, NC (3)            
Catawba UMC, Catawba, NC (7)
Catawba Valley District Teams (4)            
Center UMC, Greensboro, NC
Central UMC, Mooresville, NC (2)            
Central UMC, Shelby, NC
Christ UMC, Charlotte, NC                
Concord UMC, Mocksville, NC
Denver UMC, Denver, NC                
First UMC, China Grove, NC (2)
First UMC, Elkin, NC (2)                    

First UMC, Gastonia, NC (9)    
First UMC, Mocksville, NC (2)                
First UMC, Newton, NC    
First UMC, Taylorsville, NC (2)                
Fairview UMC, Mount Mourne, NC    
Forest Hill UMC, Concord, NC                
Grace UMC, Charlotte, NC    
Hickory Grove UMC, Charlotte, NC            
Hinshaw UMC, Greensboro, NC    
Journey UMC, Kannapolis, NC                
Long’s Chapel UMC, Waynesville, NC (2)    
Missional Network #5                    
Mount Pleasant UMC, Mount Pleasant, NC    
Mount Pleasant UMC, Sherrill’s Ford, NC        
Mount Vernon UMC, Trinity, NC    
New Market/Tabernacle Charge, Hartsville, SC        
Pine Grove UMC, Winston-Salem, NC (2)    
Pisgah UMC, Hiddenite, NC                
Providence UMC, Salisbury, NC    
Rehobeth UMC, Terrell, NC (5)                
Sharon UMC, Shelby, NC 
Skyland UMC, Skyland, NC (2)                
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Concord, NC
St. Paul UMC, Mooresville, NC                
St. Stephen UMC, Charlotte, NC    
Stokesdale UMC, Stokesdale, NC (6)            
Thrift UMC, Mt. Holly, NC        
Trinity UMC, Gastonia, NC                
Trinity UMC, York, SC (8)
Trinity UMC, Winston-Salem, NC (2)            
Tyro UMC, Tyro NC (3)

 
My thankful list includes all of you who have sent birthday wishes and promises of prayers as well as the churches who have given donations for me through the Advance in 2017. 
 
As Christmas approaches, we will give and receive more gifts, but the greatest gift has already been given, and received by those with eyes that see and ears that hear.
 
God’s greatest gift to us is more than a hint.  It is Christ, God incarnate, and with Christmas coming we can focus not just on thanksgiving for our material well-being, but concentrate of the meaning of Emmanuel (“God with us”) and the many ways that God will call us to his service in 2015 and beyond – and will walk with us along the way.
 
In Our Lord’s Service,


Dwaine Morgan

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