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Signs outside of Belmar First UMC in New Jersey let the neighborhood that The United Methodist Church is working to rebuild the community.

Signs outside of Belmar First UMC in New Jersey let the neighborhood that The United Methodist Church is working to rebuild the community.

By Chris Spencer

The Desert Southwest Conference has contributed $70,000 to the reconstruction efforts for Belmar First United Methodist Church. Although fund raising for Belmar will officially end on December 31, 2013, we can now focus on training work teams. Volunteers in Mission work teams from all over the United States have been working since late spring, including a work team from Red Mountain UMC in Mesa. Many volunteers will be needed to complete the rebuild of the parsonage and the damaged neighboring homes, which remain just as they were left by superstorm Sandy.

Every church can form a traveling work team consisting either of members from one congregation or from two or three congregations. Individuals may also volunteer and be matched up with a team. Contact co-coordinators for DSC Volunteers in Mission program, Chris Spencer at  or Bill Sanford at to get set up with everything you’ll need to be on your way to lending a loving hand to our partners at Belmar. Scholarship assistance is also available.

Basic requirements can be found on the website: http://www.afuturewithhope.org. Team leaders should have completed a recognized UMVIM Team Leader training and completed the required forms before leading a team to Belmar. Having previously led an UMVIM team will fulfill the training requirement.

Completely gutted, the parsonage at Belmar First is now ready for drywall.

Completely gutted, the parsonage at Belmar First is now ready for drywall.

A one-day training course will take place Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Paradise Valley UMC, Room H-5, 4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ. The training registration fee is $20 per person, which includes lunch by request, and is payable by cash or check on the day of the event. To register visit:http://desertsouthwestconference.org/umvim-team-leader-training.

Volunteers in Mission teams will be housed at a transformed United Methodist church, A Future with Hope site, which provides cots for sleeping, new showers, and kitchen facilities. An ideal team size is 10 members or less, allowing for maximum flexibility in scheduling, hosting, and tasks. Youth teams (under age 18) are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Acceptance of youth teams depends on the ages of the team members, the adult/youth ratio, and the nature of the work available on the dates requested. In accordance with the UMC safe sanctuaries policy, all adults accompanying youth must have verified background checks prior to arrival. Adults with a youth team should also have some construction knowledge.

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