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2019AC Offering: Huachuca UMC Fire Relief

by | Apr 30, 2019 | Annual Conference Sessions Committee, Billie's Blog

By Billie K. Fidlin, Director of Outreach & Justice

October 18, 2018: first responders arrive at the Huachuca United Methodist Church in Huachuca City. The majority of the church is destroyed by a massive fire. Investigators determine the cause is arson. Later that month a second fire occurs; a brush fire near the church. November 27, 2018: a third fire. Debris catches fire in the chapel and fellowship hall – the two areas spared in the October fire.

This Annual Conference offering will help our church in Huachuca City rebuild its space on holy ground. A place to share God’s word, our faith in action. A place for the church to be the church. Perhaps a place to reach out to troubled youth who need to hear about God’s love so very, very much. 

Your generosity will go for so much more than bricks and mortar, hymnals and candles. The offering will help our family, our United Methodist family, to be at peace, to know the support of the connectional system, to rise from the ashes.

Church Fires  (in general)

  • Approximately 51% of church fires in the past 20 years have been caused by arson
  • Church Mutual offers “Fire Safety At Your Worship Center” which is part of their “The Protection Series”
  • Reasons for church arson include: churches are a soft target – empty so much of the time; racial hatred; a means to anonymously register dissent or anti-religious sentiments
  • Church Mutual Coverage for Houses of Worship:  https://www.churchmutual.com/60/Property-and-Casualty-Coverages-for-Houses-of-Worship

Source: Wikipedia, Church Mutual

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Billie K. Fidlin

Billie K. Fidlin is the Director of Outreach & Justice for the Desert Southwest Conference. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and attended Claremont School of Theology for religious studies. Ms. Fidlin currently serves as the President of the Arizona Faith Network in her second term. She is President & Founder of Whisper n Thunder Inc., and sits on various boards including the Justa Center and the Phoenix Police Department's Faith Advisory Council. Her awards include the UM Foundation for Evangelism 2004 Distinguished Evangelist; 2016 Church Women United / United Nations Human Rights Award; 2018 Servant Leader Award AZ Faith Network; 2022 Southern Poverty Law Center Certificate of Recognition; and 2022-23 Class of Who's Who in America.

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