Pray for Ellicott City – Flash Flooding Saturday evening, July 30. Two people have died, many have loss homes and businesses.
(Photo: Nikki Burdine, WUSA-TV, Washington)
Baltimore Wahington Conference United Methodist Church information follows:
A devastating flash flood hit Ellicott City Saturday night, causing two deaths and destroying several businesses and homes. The Baltimore-Washington Conference has two churches in Ellicott City: Emory UMC and Mt. Zion UMC. Neither church sustained damage, but the Education Building at Emory had raw sewage back-up into their building. Because of road closures, neither church was able to hold worship services Sunday.
An ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE will be held at Emory UMC, 3799 Church Road, this Thursday, August 4, at 7 p.m. Parking for the vigil will be available in the Court House complex parking lot with a path and stairs that lead down to the church. For more information about the #PrayforEC vigil, visit www.emoryum.org.
Bishop Marcus Matthews has issued a call to prayer and to action for those affected by the flooding. At least two area business owners are United Methodists. Leaders at Glen Mar and Bethany UMCs, two large nearby churches, are expected to help assess and participate in relief efforts, along with Conference leaders. To donate money to help with flood relief efforts, visit the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
In addition, the Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach, BWC’s Volunteer in Mission co-ordinator, attended a community meeting in Ellicott City last night. She reports that government and civic leaders are concerned, first and foremost, with safety issues. She met with the pastor of Emory UMC, the Rev. Sam Moore, to assess needs at the church and in the community. She also talked by phone with Pastor Wilhelmina Street, pastor of Mt. Zion UMC, which is north of the AME church in town. More information on clean-up efforts and needs is expected later this week. “They (government officials) have been overwhelmed by the response of people wanting to volunteer and help,” Carter-Rimbach said, “but right now they are not prepared — there is no place to put anything right now — but there will be. When they are ready for volunteers, they will let us know.”