BWC Logo

Volunteers in Mission

UMVIM Teams Needed

UMVIM Teams Needed

Posted 6/17/2011

Help is needed: Severe weather in the South has caused displacement of many families and vast destruction of property. To support emergency disaster assistance, send offerings through UMCOR for US Spring Storms 2011, Advance #3021326. To learn more, go to and look under Current Emergencies.

Volunteers needed: The Prodigal Worship Conference  team needs volunteers to help with registration, hospitality, administrative tasks, assembling packets and other duties. If you are interested, contact Christine Kumar at 800-492-2525 ext. 422 or

Young Adult Mission Trip to Haiti: The Young Adult Council of the Baltimore Washington Conference will be sponsoring a 10-day mission trip to Haiti from July 6-15 in partnership with a team of young adults from Korea. The multi-cultural group will reach out to some of the poorest of the poor through work projects, Vacation Bible School and volunteering at a local medical clinic. In Haiti, the group will work with Partners in Development ( Applications are closed. For information, contact trip coordinator, Brian Shockey, at or go to

28th Annual BCCW Workcamp: The Baltimore County Christian Workcamp will take place July 17-22, 2011. Its task is to “share the love of Christ by improving the homes of and providing assistance for some limited income families in Baltimore County.” Download an information sheet or the BCCW brochure. Need more details? Contact Chip Day (410-744-2794) or Frank Thomas (410-667-1725; In addition to volunteer workers, the BCCW can always use appropriate supplies and donations. BCCW is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Exploring United Methodism in Russia: Faith UMC in Rockville is sponsoring a low-cost trip to Russia, Aug. 17-28, visiting St. Petersburg, Faith’s sister congregation, then to Vladimir where the church has sent 10 VIM trips since 1998, then to Moscow where participants will stay at the Russia UMC Seminary. This is not a work trip. Housing will be in dormitories and with host families. Total cost is expected to be under $2,500. For information, e-mail or call 301-216-5210.

Familiarization Trip to Russia: If you are a pastor, missions leader, or someone just interested in how God is at work in our world, you won’t want to miss this summer’s familiarization trip to Russia. Sponsored by the Russia Initiative groups of the Baltimore-Washington and Virginia conferences, this trip will visit churches and ministry sites and with leaders, including the Methodist Seminary in Moscow and Camp Kristall near Voronezh, as well as in the Black Soil District. Hear about the ministry in Russia from leaders there, and experience the warmth and hospitality of our Russian brothers and sisters. (See the recent Connection article.) Famous cultural sites in Moscow and St. Petersburg will give you a sense of the richness of Russian history and heritage. CEU credits available as you expand your spiritual and global awareness and experience the grandeur and possibilities for ministry in Eurasia. Trip departs July 10, and returns July 25. Cost is $3299 (subject to adjustment for airfare). For more information, contact, or Rev. Charles Harrell at 410-535-1782.

Help for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami survivors: Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, is urging United Methodists to pray for the victims of last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan and support relief efforts through the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Gifts may be made to the local church and designated for UMCOR Japan relief, Advance 3021317.

UMCOR Relief Kits needed: Missions Central of Mechanicsburg, Pa., a major supplier to UMCOR, has requested the following kits in support of three areas of need where stock is low: Cleaning/Flood Buckets. St. Matthew's Disaster Response/Outreach HUB requests support in making the kits or supplying bulk items for use in assembling the kits. For kit content information and delivery information, visit St. Matthew's Web site. Each kit requires a shipping cost; please see details for each kit listed. Monetary donations can be made to purchase kit supplies. Send check directly to St. Matthew's and mark UMCOR Disaster Kits Fund #225 in the memo line.

Wesleyan Pilgrimage: The United Methodist Board of Discipleship and Board of Higher Education and Ministry is sponsoring a Wesleyan Pilgrimage to England in November. The tour, Nov. 7-17, is open to United Methodist clergy and lay leaders who want to follow the footsteps of John and Charles Wesley. An early registration discount of $400 is available through April 29, and a discount of $200 will be available from April 30 through July 31. After Aug. 1, the cost will be $2,395, except for provisional members. The Board of Higher Education and Ministry is making $1,000 scholarships available for provisional Elders and Deacons. For information, schedule, costs visit the website.

UPDATE - Health Kits for Haiti Collection: After collecting thousands of Health Kits for Haiti from conference churches, many of the local collection points have wrapped up their efforts. UMCOR still needs and welcomes Health Kits. There are two places to now give/send health kits:

  1. Kit assembly and delivery instructions can be found at under Missions/St. Matthew's Disaster Response/Outreach HUB. Check for delivery times at 301-262-4691 (Irene Schneider) or e-mail
  1. They may be taken to Mission Central, 5 Pleasant View Dr., Mechanicsburg, Pa., about an hour north of Baltimore. The phone is 717-766-1533. Groups may wish to deliver kits and spend a day or part of a day volunteering. For more information about visiting, volunteering and other kinds of kits and supplies needed, visit :