Lake Oswego United Methodist Church has been a supporter of UMCOR, United Methodist Committee on Relief, for decades. UMCOR, founded in 1940, provides resources to alleviate human suffering, whether caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster in the United States and world-wide. These resources come in the form of personnel, finances, and materials such as Health, School, Cleaning, Layette, and Birthing kits.
Kits, and the materials to make more kits, are provided by churches throughout the U.S.
LOUMC’s first Adult Mission Team spent a week at the Sager Brown depot in Baldwin, LA, in 2009. Inspired by Rev. Tom and Bev Whitehead, who had participated in several Adult Mission Teams, the first group of 7 was led by Bev Whitehead and Rev. Peg Lofsvold. Now the trips happen annually and the groups get larger each year! The groups have visited UMCOR West in Salt Lake City, as well as UMCOR Sager Brown.
A week at UMCOR Sager Brown, located on Bayou Teche, includes work in the large depot where disaster materials are collected, sorted, and prepared for shipment. Some team members choose to work in the sewing room preparing school bags and other supplies. Community work is also available as Sager Brown is a resource for helping residents with home repairs and minor construction projects. Mission Team members can also volunteer time at the local Head Start, a women’s shelter, and distributing government supplied food once a month.
If you have an interest in joining our next Adult Mission Team, please contact Linda Noel.