Share a Love Offering for Puerto Rico on any Sunday,
September 16 – October 14, 2018
Dear Eastern PA Conference Churches:
We urge you to receive a special love offering and help us support efforts by the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico to recover from Hurricane Maria’s destruction.
Resolution 2018-26, adopted at our 2018 Annual Conference, calls on all churches to celebrate Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month in September by receiving and sharing this love offering to aid our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico. We recommend any Sunday, September 16-October 14, for your observance and offering
Trinity of partners benefits Puerto Rican church Responding to dire repair needs after 2017’s Hurricane Maria, a 14-member mission team from New Hanover UMC in Gilbertsville and Lampeter UMC in Lancaster, went to Puerto Rico for a week in April, to assist a partner church there, Villa Fontana Methodist Church in Carolina. They replaced its roof and repaired its bell tower.
The mission began with New Hanover’s Christmas offering last December, which eventually raised over $90,000 for Puerto Rico, where the church’s new pastor, the Rev Jose “Ricky” Ayala, is from. Over 30 churches were severely damaged by the historic storm.
Four volunteers from Lampeter UMC were also inspired to go by one of their church members, Armando Iraheta, who attended Villa Fontana as a youth in Puerto Rico. He shared his memories and emotions with fellow Lampeter members.
The church plans to send another team there in November. New Hanover also sent a youth mission group to work at the church in June.