The Missions Committee met last night and talked about the profound impact of the flooding in Western North Carolina and Middle Tennessee. They decided to invite our church family to join together in a short term disaster relief offering. The offering begins today and will run through next Sunday, 5th. The goal for the offering is $1500. The online giving platform now offers you the option to contribute to this offering. You can also give by check, designating Disaster Relief Offering on your envelope or check memo line.
Westwood will be partnering with CBFNC in providing disaster response buckets for people in Western North Carolina.  CBFNC reports; “Haywood County, as well as other surrounding counties, is experiencing devastating flooding. Approximately 500 families have been displaced from their homes. Emergency management personnel are still conducting the initial response and assessing damage.
Area churches are embracing their neighbors in a variety of ways. CBFNC is consulting with church leaders about initial, immediate needs and also preparing for possible long-term ministries.
As an initial response, we have determined to cooperate as a fellowship to address two urgent needs:
  • Plastic Storage Totes
  • Disaster Response Buckets
Plastic storage totes are needed so those who have been displaced from their homes can remove and store some critical possessions. Our initial goal is to supply 1,000 totes.
Disaster response buckets are a CBF initiative that has been used in other disaster response situations and involves assembling five-gallon plastic buckets containing a specific list of cleaning supplies. Our initial goal is to supply 200 buckets. Our colleagues to the south, CBFSC, have already delivered an initial gift of buckets.
The cost of a Disaster Response Bucket is approximately $75. The Missions Council would like to challenge us to provide the resources for 20 of CBFNC’s goal of 200 Disaster Response Buckets. The Missions Committee’s initial plan was to buy the supplies for the buckets and we would assemble them here, but in conversation with Larry Hovis, it would be better to provide them the funding directly so that they can buy in bulk and have things shipped to the assembly site in Candler. The assembly of the Disaster Response Buckets will occur at the church where Jeff and Laura Church are now members.
Let’s join together in providing resources, prayers, and hope for those that have lost so much.