Zion UMC is in urgent need of work teams to help them do the initial work of cleaning up from the fire that destroyed the sanctuary in North Las Vegas on June 6, 2017. They can use work teams of any size. People may volunteer for whatever length of time is needed. You must be 18 years or older.

Read details here.

Donations are also being accepted by the Desert Southwest Conference. 

Read this letter by Rev. Dan Morley, and this one, below, by Pastor Fred Heggestad, head of the Conference Emergency Response Team:

“We are beginning to coordinate debris removal teams at Zion UMC in North Las Vegas (2108 Revere St, North Las Vegas, NV 89030). Volunteers will be needed starting Thursday, June 23 through at least July 21. Information on housing is available. Volunteers are needed for debris removal, along with breakfast and dinner cooks. Approximate hours will be 8 am to 5 pm, though worker schedules could be shortened if needed for personal or health reasons.

If interested and available, it is necessary to register. Please use the email ZionResurrection@dscumc.org to register with your name, contact information, and available dates. Due to city requirements, volunteers must be 18 or older.

There will be a short training to meet city safety requirements, which will be offered in the morning at the beginning of each work shift. We are looking for approximately 20-30 people per day on the property and everyone should be working in 30 minute cycles so we can keep people hydrated. There will be a person designated to monitor health and safety.

University UMC in Las Vegas (4412 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119) has offered multiple rooms and six showers for anyone coming from other areas. University UMC is also providing breakfast and dinner for out-of-town volunteers. We may be requesting cooks to help prepare those meals at University UMC. Lunches will be provided daily onsite at Zion UMC and are being provided by the neighboring Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. If you have hard hats, eye protection, boots (no sneakers) and gloves, please bring them. More information will be provided to all who are interested.”

Fred Heggestad
Disaster Relief Coordinator
Desert Southwest Conference
United Methodist Church


Bishop Robert Hoshibata also wrote a letter to inspire us to respond to this crisis:

Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,

Peace to you in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ!

On Tuesday, June 6, an early morning fire gutted and destroyed the sanctuary of Zion UMC in Las Vegas. District Superintendent Dan Morley and I visited the church and met with pastor Larry Johnson and members of the Zion church family.

As we drove up to the scene, I was not sure what the spirit of the gathered group would be. What I did find was that even in the aftermath of the destruction of their beloved church, the congregation was already focused on getting back on their feet and planning for the future. A deep sense of hope and trust in God’s graciousness was evident.

I am reminded of the power of our connection. We give thanks to the DSC Disaster Response Team with Pastor Fred Heggestad at the helm. The Conference team was present in force to begin the clean up on the day of the fire and will walk with the congregation as they move forward.

As I asked how it was with their soul, they referred to blessings received from the community. They felt that the fire has brought them together as a church family. And they knew God was present with them.

I am reminded of a strong word from the Scriptures. In I Corinthians 12 we read, “If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.” (The Message)

The congregation of Zion is convinced that good will come of this. I would like to invite you to support their efforts in these ways. Pray mightily for the Zion congregation. Enter into their reliance on God in these days by adding your prayer support to their work of rebuilding. And secondly, contribute to their future.

There are two options for giving. Send a check payable to the Desert Southwest Conference, earmarked for “Zion Resurrection Fund” or give online:

Through these gifts, we will be reminded of the precious connection that exists because of our UM connection. So, with generous hearts let us by our prayers, our presence, our gifts and our service join together as a witness as we walk with our Zion sisters and brothers in Christ to rise from the ashes with faith, hope and love.

Bob Hoshibata

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