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Imagine what it would be like to live through a natural disaster. Visualize the chaos. How scared and nervous would you be? How would it feel to come home to find your belongings destroyed from a wildfire, flood, or tornado? In times of disaster, people can feel overwhelmed with the emotional and physical toll. Who would be there to help you?

Early Response Teams (ERT) travel to disaster areas and help. They salvage belongings, mitigate damages, and most importantly, they listen to the survivors. Does this sound like a ministry that your church would embrace?

Be a part of the solution, click here to download a Microsoft Word document that you can use as a bulletin insert, a message on your newsletter, an electronic message to your congregation or church school, or hand it to a friend. ERT members don’t have to be members of a United Methodist Church. They just need to have a caring heart and listening ear.

The next Early Response Team (ERT) Training will take place on May 20, 2017, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM at St. Matthew UMC, 2540 West Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ 85284. The cost is only $30.

Click here to register.

Do you need more information or want to schedule a training at your own church? Contact Polly Turner, UMCOR-certified trainer, at (480) 897-2880.

For information about registration at this event, contact Jerry Van Rennes at or by phone at 602-882-9761.

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