BALTIMORE RESPONSE UPDATE – MAY 5, 2015
Thank you for the ways in which you have responded to the needs of the people of Baltimore City and the ways in which you are continuing to be our Brothers and Sisters keepers in Baltimore.
The needs will be on going. We will share updates with you every Tuesday with opportunities to help for the week. Here is updated information on how you and your and you community can help this week.
At Ames UMC, 615 Baker Street, Thursday, May 7, lunch will be served for the community at 11 a.m. They need volunteers to arrive at 10 a.m. to help with the meal and prepare for the distribution of toiletries, supplies, food and clothes. All of these items are still being requested for donations. Volunteers are needed.
VAN MINISTRY NEEDED – Church vans and van drivers are needed to take people to neighboring grocery stores to buy food and medication on Thursday, May 7, andFriday, May 8. Vans will be assigned to go to one of three churches to pick up passengers and take them to the grocery store and back to their home. We will be sending people out in teams of two – just like Jesus sent out the disciples. If you can help with this mission, please contact Darlynn McCrae at 443-254-2083.
At Metropolitan UMC, 1121 W. Lanvale Street, kits will be distributed to B’More Healthy Babies on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5 and 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be a Prayer Service on Thursday May 7, at 6 p.m., with prayer in the sanctuary as well as prayer walks in the community, along with distribution of items to the community. On Friday, May 7, a delivery from the Maryland Food Bank will arrive. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 1 p.m. to prepare for the food drop at 2 p.m., and then begin distributing the food at 3 p.m. On Sunday, May 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be Civil Disobedience Training. Donations and volunteers accepted and appreciated.
At John Wesley UMC, 3202 W. North Ave., today, Tuesday, May 5, they will be packing bags from 1 to 4 p.m. to be distributed tomorrow. On Wednesday, May 6, they will have their weekly community feeding. They usually have between 150 to 200 people. They will start at 11 a.m. with devotions. Between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., they will be distributing bags of food and health kits.
Thursday, May 7, for the National Day of Prayer, they will be open for prayer from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and church members will be there on the hour to pray with individuals. There will be food distributed during these hours as well, so they are asking for donations of food. If people have perishable items please bring them on that day. Volunteers are welcome and needed.
All three churches will be open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to receive donations. If you cannot make these times, please call the individual church to set up a specific time.
Two additional drop off sites have been added to the list: Arden UMC and Camp Manidokan are drop off sites for the Western Region.
Arden United Methodist Church
4464 Arden Nollville Rd.
Martinsburg West Virginia
Rev. Sarah Schlieckert
Manidokan Camp and Retreat Center
1600 Harpers Ferry
Chris Schlieckert, Director
Please contact the Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach, Conference VIM Coordinator, at 410-206-8737, with any questions, or the Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, superintendent of the Baltimore Metropolitan District, at firstname.lastname@example.org.