Zion UMC received an outpouring of volunteer help over the holiday weekend, and no longer needs help for its clean up. Praise the Lord! Thank you for responding to the call for work teams last weekend to clean up after a fire that destroyed the sanctuary in North Las Vegas on June 6, 2017.
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:
DONATE ONLINE TO RESURRECTION FROM THE FLAMES
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.