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We are a dynamic, positive congregation that seeks to make disciples of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the good news of God's grace and thus seeking the fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world. We are a warm family of believers who welcome you to join our faith family and begin to experience God's grace in your life.  

Join us on Sunday for the Traditional Service at 9AM or Praise! Service at 11:15AM.  

Church School for all ages is from 10-11AM.  Please join us!

 

We at Lansdale United Methodist Church are deeply rooted in the Christian tradition with a heritage of faith in experiencing both a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a communal expression of compassion for others. All of this is based on the foundational belief in the gift of prayer that sustains us as individuals and as a church. We seek to know God's will and express that will in disciplined lives of faith through worship, Bible study and Christian education,  financial giving, talents, time and service.

 

Our own Mary Noll has been volunteering for the American Red Cross organization for years.  

Red Cross volunteer weathers busy winter

 
 

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Red Cross volunteer Mary Noll.  (John Moritz/ Staff)
Red Cross volunteer Mary Noll. (John Moritz/ Staff) 

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Red Cross volunteer Mary Noll.  (John Moritz/ Staff)GALLERY: Red Cross volunteer weathers busy winter
 

 

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It was just before 2 a.m. when Mary Noll's cellphone rang to the tune of the Beatles' "Help!" - and the 60-year-old Lower Gwynedd woman knew she was needed urgently.

In nearby Norristown, firefighters were battling a four-alarm fire at an apartment complex. Noll, a volunteer disaster response captain for the Red Cross in eastern Montgomery County, began making calls to assemble her team for the night.

Starting early that morning and working throughout the day, 10 volunteers and four Red Cross staffers gathered food and medical supplies, set up a shelter for evacuees at a high school, provided counseling, and eventually found hotel rooms for those still displaced the next night.

The blaze, which killed one woman and left 15 people in need of shelter, was the latest disaster in what Noll said has been one of the busiest winters in her 10 years of volunteering for the Red Cross.

 

According to the numbers provided by the Red Cross, volunteers and staff have responded to 300 emergencies within the five counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania in November, December, and January, compared with 280 responses in the same months last year.

By the first week of December, the Red Cross reported that its full-time shelter in Philadelphia had been full for 10 days due to a series of house fires in the city.

Before the deadly fire in Norristown, apartment fires in Whitemarsh and Cheltenham in January kept suburban volunteers busy finding shelter for dozens of displaced persons.

"It got to be a lot of work, a lot of hours," Noll said. "I needed sleep."

Nationwide, the number of fires tends to tick upward every year beginning in November as people use more energy to heat their homes. The busy fire season does not subside until March, Noll said, and the Red Cross has only a month or two to prepare for the summer storm season.

"They know those calls are going to come in at all hours of the day or night, and they drop everything," Noll said of the nearly 125 volunteers she coordinates.

When responses become more frequent, or when their dealings with a tragedy become particularly trying, Noll said volunteers are encouraged to take days off or make use of the same mental and spiritual health services provided to victims of disasters.

"We're no good to anybody else if we're not taking care of ourselves," Noll said.

Even her bosses told her recently to take a breather, she said.

After a fire ripped through several homes in Southwest Philadelphia, killing four children last Fourth of July weekend, Noll remembers getting the call at 4 a.m. to assist the families. She said she and her volunteers remained in touch to help bury the victims more than a month later.

"It's part of the healing process for us," Noll said of personal commitments she and her volunteers often make with those they assist.

Noll's service with the Red Cross began in 2005, when she said she got her "feet wet, literally and figuratively," serving meals out of an emergency response vehicle to flood victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Noll recalled that the responsibility of her work in New Orleans was "life-changing."

"If we didn't see each person every day, they didn't eat, and they had no water," Noll said.

After retiring from her career as a dental hygienist in April, Noll said she had more time to give to the Red Cross and volunteered to become a disaster response captain in eastern Montgomery County. Noll is not the only volunteer in her family; her husband, Peter, is active with Manna on Main Street, a food distribution organization, in Lansdale, and her son, Christopher, is a volunteer firefighter in Wissahickon.

Renee Cardwell Hughes, the CEO of the Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, called the volunteer team that serves Montgomery County "highly experienced," and capable of handling this year's high number of disaster responses.


Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20150214_Red_Cross_volunteer_weathers_busy_winter.html#HzWtLy1yYUJY1O63.99

UMCOR IS CELEBRATING ITS 75TH BIRTHDAY!!!

 

It was formed in 1940 during WW II and was called MCOR (Methodist Committee for Oversees Relief).

 

This led to the need for Christians to help in the suffering world & was a contribution of mercy and reconstruction.  It sought to assist those civilians afflicted by the ravages of war and would “bear witness to Christ by serving all in the name of Christ”.  Bishop Herbert Welch is credited with its founding and made the public case for faith-based relief agencies.

 

After the war MCOR extended relief work with a radical change in the Methodist Church when they were called by their faith to respond as long as there was need.  Be the “hands & feet of Christ” for no other reason than Christian call.  Its name was changed later to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).  This has continued for 75 years and motivates United Methodists in their support of UMCOR and their solidarity with people in need around the world.

 

UMCOR partners with other denominations, both interreligious partnerships as well as secular organizations, such as Global/Medic.  Their first partners in disaster are the affected communities and they target aid affectively to populations most in need.  UMCOR serves refugees, disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Indian Ocean Tsunami, etc.  It provides case management services when communities are forced to evacuate.  It continues to work with those displaced by war around the world.

 

UMCOR started as a small mustard seed that was sown 75 years ago and has grown and multiplies with the spirit that continues to nurture the church in collaboration with UMCOR today.


John Wesley wrote:

                  “Do All the Good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you

                    Can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 6, 2015. This year, the women of the WDP Committee of The Bahamas call us to consider Jesus’ words to the disciples after washing their feet: “Do you understand what I have done for you?” The women of The Bahamas describe what Jesus does when he washes the disciples’ feet as “radical love.” Radical love comes from humility, compassion and commitment. God’s radical love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in.


Although we perhaps first associate this country of islands with the pleasures of vacation and images of tropical paradise, there is much more to learn. As we listen to our Bahamian sisters throughout the worship service, we see the transformation that occurs when a teen mother finds support to continue her education and raise her child, when a breast cancer survivor and people living with HIV/AIDS find strength to live out their journeys, and when the chains of oppression are broken. Through this service, the women of WDP Bahamas give us an invitation to beauty and love in the name of the transformative and radical love that Jesus brings to us all.


This year’s service will be held on March 6 at 7PM at Lansdale United Methodist Church, 300 N. Broad St. Lansdale, PA.


Dr. Sue Bertolette from St. John's UCC will deliver the message and women from various congregations will present the praise service.

 

Refreshments will be served following the service.