Upcoming Opportunities — Brethren Disaster Ministries

Posted July 5th, 2018

Floyd Pearson, a trained Brethren Disaster Ministries leader, who works with the Kansas Disciples of Christ, has invited us to join them in a mission trip to Lybrook Community Ministries, September 2-8.  The work will include cutting and splitting wood, winterizing homes, working in a thrift shop, and other projects to be determined.  If interested, contact Floyd (620.755.6394; floyd.pearson@gmail.com) or Bud and Susan Taylor.

Also, the Brethren Disaster Ministries Office reports that they still need volunteers for these dates:

Carolinas 2 Dec. 9-15              15 spots OPEN

Carolinas 1 Dec. 16-22            15 spots OPEN

USVI Sept 9-22                       5 spots OPEN

If are interested, contact Bud (taylorbud48@cox.net or 620.245.4836) or Susan (susandtaylor@yahoo.com or 620.245.4835) Taylor.

Brethren Disaster Ministries Update

Posted April 9th, 2018

The St. Thomas Virgin Islands disaster recovery project has scheduled three work periods: June 17-30, September 9-22, and December 2-15.

There are 12 spots open each of the 2-week periods for volunteers from all districts on a first come basis. Housing, transportation, tools and meals will be provided during these 2-week time periods. Volunteers must be able to work in warm climates and some of the work during the June trip will likely include mucking and gutting homes.

Partial reimbursement of airfare will be made available for persons who cannot fund their own travel.

Please contact Bud and Susan Taylor if you are interested.

Many thanks to Western Plains volunteers who served at the BDM site in Eureka, Missouri, which closed at the end of March. A new site working with UMCOR on Hurricane Matthew recovery in North Carolina has opened. Both the South Carolina and North Carolina sites will be housed at First Presbyterian Church In Lumberton, NC.  Our district has no plans to take a group, but if you are interested, please contact us as well.

BDM does anticipate that there will be volunteer opportunities in Puerto Rico, but dates have not been set.

Bud and Susan Taylor, District Disaster Coordinators

taylorbud48@cox.net  620-245-4836

susandtaylor@yahoo.com  620-245-4835

Western Plains District Women’s Retreat — April 6-8, 2018

Posted January 23rd, 2018

“Woven Together in God’s Love: The Story That Is You” is the theme for the Western Plains District Women’s Retreat. The event is planned for Friday – Sunday, April 6 – 8 at the Presbyterian Highland Camp, Allenspark, CO.  Presenters will be Joanna Davidson Smith and Shana Leck. Registration forms are available on the District website (www.wpcob.org), in the Church Gathering Space and in the Education Building literature rack.  Registration deadline is February 28.

Volunteer Opportunities with Brethren Disaster Ministries

Posted December 14th, 2017

Brethren Disaster Ministries had a successful trip to Eureka, MO, December 3-10, with eleven workers from Westerns Plains District joining seven others. We worked on repairing basements from the December 2015 floods.  Three projects were completed during our work week.  We appreciated first-time volunteers Dennis and Mabel Friesen and Sonja Griffith from Kansas City.  Others volunteers from McPherson were Dean Holloway, Mike Goering, Bud and Susan Taylor.

More volunteers are needed in January.  Western Plains has now been assigned a half group for the week of January 14.

Volunteers are needed the weeks of January 14, 21, and 27, with a special emphasis on the week of January 14.  Since others are also interested, we need to report the number of volunteers we have as we fill slots.  If you can serve, please contact Bud or Susan (taylors@yahoo.com or taylorbud48@cox.net) as soon as possible.

Bud and Susan Taylor, Western Plains District Disaster Ministries Coordinators

Hurricane Harvey Response — Volunteers Requested

Posted October 6th, 2017

BDM is organizing a work week October 22-28, 2017 in Houston, TX, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  BDM needs 12 volunteers who are willing to focus on preparing homes for rebuild.  The scope of work will include removing drywall, insulation, flooring, appliances and personal items, as well as industrial type cleaning.  Housing will be at St George Orthodox Church in Houston. Tools and project leadership will be provided.  There is also a need for a volunteer for cooking/meal prep and grocery shopping.  Transportation on the site is also needed if there is a district group or individual that can bring or provide a van to use that week. For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Terry 410-635-8730 or tgoodger@brethren.org no later than Wednesday, October 18.