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Masks from UMCOR for Desert Southwest Conference UMC

by | Jun 16, 2020 | Billie's Blog, Conference Newsletter, Disaster Response

In May, Rev. Tom Mattick who chairs our Conference Disaster Response team, shared an email with me that UMCOR had notified all annual conferences of the availability of more than 172,000 cloth facial coverings infused with copper and silver. The masks came from FEMA to UMCOR and all Conferences had to do was place their desired order and cover all shipping costs.  Orders would be met on a first come, first served basis.

Upon learning of this opportunity from Rev. Mattick, I was able to contact the UM Disaster Relief Warehouse in Decatur, Alabama and speak with Cindy Sandlin who graciously agreed to ship 7 cases of 500 masks each to the following:  ASU Campus Ministry, NAU Campus Ministry, U of A Campus Ministry, UMOM, JUSTA Center, Wesley Community Center, and TMM.

As I write this, Annual Conference is upon us. I just received an email from Berkley Harris at UMOM, saying her case had arrived and how grateful they are to receive them. The photos are from the UMOM shipment.

This…. is the connectional system of The United Methodist Church in action. Such a blessing!!

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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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