A Message from Our Bishop



    Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

    Our neighbors in Texas are crying out. We see it on our televisions, on the internet and on social media. The Lord hears their cries and is calling us to serve as His hands and feet to deliver them from their troubles. 

    In Greater New Jersey, we know something about hurricanes and flooding. We know what it is like to cry out for the Lord in despair. We also know how the Lord answers these prayers, by sending 12,000 volunteers and more than $17 million to A Future With Hope to help us rebuild.

    It is our turn to respond to God’s call to help our neighbor. I call all people in Greater New Jersey to be in prayer for the people of Texas, for those who have been affected by the damaging hurricane and flooding and for those first responders who are selflessly coming to their aid. In addition to prayer, God calls us to action. 

    The United Methodist Church has many resources already being deployed to the Houston area. Here are ways that you and your congregation can help. 

    Donate to UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, who is already on the ground coordinating with disaster responders in the Texas, Rio Texas, Central Texas and Louisiana Annual Conferences.   

    Keep the faith!
    John Schol, Bishop
    The United Methodist Church
    of Greater New Jersey