Join the ERT — On Saturday, March 3 (8:30 am-5:00 pm), Soapstone will host an Emergency Response (ERT) Training with the North Carolina Conference Volunteers in Mission and United Methodist Committee on Relief. The new Disaster Relief and Emergency Response Ministry would like to have 30 trained team members so when the call comes for teams to go and serve we will have people available. Team members must be trained. To register for the training event being held at SUMC go to http://nccumvim.org/erttraining/.

The goal of our Emergency and Disaster Response Ministry is to provide aid to those people affected by natural disasters both within our state and across the region. To kick off this new ministry and ensure Soapstone is equipped to mobilize quickly in the aftermath of a disaster, the 2017 Christmas Challenge raised funds to purchase and stock an Emergency Response Trailer. In addition to serving as a tool for emergency response, this trailer will be utilized by adult and youth mission teams like those who recently served in Tarboro. It will also be available for other construction related assistance like MERCI missions, aiding our elderly or sick congregation members with repairs or wheelchair ramp construction, or in response to a crisis in the community like assisting with clean up after a house fire.