PARKERSBURG - The staff of the West Virginia Baptist Convention continues to coordinate the flood relief effort across the state. The West Virginia American Baptist Men's Disaster Relief Team has been deployed to Rainelle and is based at Rainelle First Baptist Church (Hopewell). Countless volunteer teams have gone to help with clean up, feeding and water distribution.
Areas that were the hardest hit include: Birch River, Clay, Clendenin, Rainelle, Richwood, Rupert, White Sulpher Springs and their surrounding areas. Hundreds of homes and businesses are total losses. Six counties have been declared "Federal Disaster Areas."
Camp Cowen is fully operational. Hylbert Hall and the covered campfire have been cleaned and both are being used for camps; However, much equipment was lost and we will have to replace the Crouch House, which serves as the residence for the director of Camping.
Right now, sites are overwhelmed with supplies. But more will be needed as we move forward. Please check back to see what specific needs may be in the next week or so.
Your generousity in giving money for this recovery has been tremendous! THANK YOU!
The Convention has set up a fund to help churches meet needs resulting from the floods. You can apply for funds by completing the application here and mailing to: West Virginia Baptist Convention, Flood Application, P.O. Box 1019, Parkersburg, WV 26102. Each application will be evaluated and funds granted at our discretion.
Thank your for your ministry as we can do far more together than we could ever do alone.
Below are some pictures from Camp Cowen: the Crouch House (l), Hylbert Hall (m) and the Maintenance Building (r).
MESSAGE FROM ROB ELY, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES
We love your hearts for service during this tragic time for our state as we are recovering from the flood. Many of you have been asking how to help those in need. I talked to the Cowen Fire Department this morning and they gave us a list of what they are needing:
- Laundry Detergent
- Plastic Storage Totes
When you are on your way to pick up campers this Saturday or drop off campers this Sunday, please drop these items off at the Cowen Fire Department (the big white building in downtown Cowen) on your way to camp.
If you try to call the camp and we don't answer on the first ring, try again. We can only accept calls if we answer on the first ring.
Thank you so much!
Rob Ely, Director of Student Ministries
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2016
EXTENSIVE FLOODING ACROSS WEST VIRGINIA CAUSES MASS DESTRUCTION
PARKERSBURG – A series of heavy rain storms crossed central and southern West Virginia on Thursday and Friday (June 23-24, 2016) causing catastrophic flooding and damage. Cities were inundated with fast moving water that quickly cut off entire communities. Rapidly rising waters trapped hundreds in cars and homes with 25 confirmed deaths and many still missing.
It is still to be determined the number of West Virginia Baptist Convention churches that were damaged, but several have confirmed major damage and the fear is some are completely destroyed. The West Virginia Baptist American Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief Team has been deployed by VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) to Rainelle, where they will be headquartered at Rainelle First Baptist Church.
Donations of food, water, cleaning supplies, diapers, paper goods and even pet food have been collected by many churches and taken to central distribution stations to help the people in need.
Cities that were under water included: Richwood, Clay, Clendenin, Rainelle and White Sulfur Springs. Other areas that had major water damage are: Webster Springs, Cowen, Alderson, Charmco, Quinwood, Rupert, Frame, Elkview, Big Chimney and Duck.
Many churches in the region have began to collect and transport to aid stations significant amounts of supplies to aid in the cleanup efforts. Hundreds of volunteers have joined to help those in need.
The following locations are known to be collection and distribution stations:
- Big Clear Creek Baptist Church, Rupert
- Summersville Baptist Church, Summersville (also serving as a shelter and volunteer housing place)
- Shuck Memorial Baptist Church, Lewisburg (hosting volunteers also)
- Rainelle Baptist Church, Rainelle
- Smith Grocery, Clendenin
There are many places across the state where items can be taken to be transported to these aid stations. Vienna Baptist Church, Clarksburg Baptist Church, Ravenswood Baptist Church, Sutton Baptist Church and many more places are receiving donations for the flood relief efforts. If you need help in finding a drop site, call the Convention office.
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) has released $10,000 to the Convention to aid in the relief efforts. These funds will be available to aid the efforts of the Convention as we coordinate the recovery and rebuilding of our communities.
Camp Cowen had significant water damage from high water. The river backed up into the maintenance shed, Steve’s house, Covered Campfire, Hylbert Hall, the Crouch House and the Crouch Retreat center below the dining hall. Camp is still operational and clean up is underway.
How to help:
- PRAY -- for those impacted by the floods – especially those who are grieving the loss of a loved one
- Volunteer – we have lots of things you can do if you want to get your hands dirty
- GIVE -- you can collect cleaning supplies and food and take to one of the many collection sites
- You can give through “OGHS –WV Flood”
- You can give online at: www.wvbc.org (On the left under "Register for an Event or Donate.)
- You can mail your donations directly to: WVBC, PO Box 1019, Parkersburg, WV 26102 (FLOOD)
Thank you for your generosity and prayers as we work together to help those in need in the name of Jesus.
CAMP GLOBAL 2016 FAMILY MISSION CAMP
Proclaim; Isaiah 12:4
September 2-4, 2016
West Virginia Baptist Camp at Cowen
Programming for children, youth and adults.
Bible Study Leader: Jim Bell, International Ministries
Missionary Guest: Rick Gutierrez, International Ministries
Vespers: Jim Stinespring
International Guest: Jesus Garcia, Iglesia Metropolis, Puerto Rico
Praise Band: Emmanuel Baptist Church, Charleston
Children's Leader: Rowena Sizemore
Youth Leader: Lily Corathers
The camp will begin with registration on Friday at 6 p.m. and will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m.
FOR A COPY OF THE REGISTRATION FORM, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Registration deadline: August 29, 2016
School of Christian Studies' Students: Attend this event and receive credit for Intro to Missions (Mod-3) ahead of schedule! This class will not be held in the SCS cycles of courses until 2018. For more information and a registration form please click here.
Youth Leader Core 2016-2017
We are looking for youth to become a part of our Youth Leader Core (YLC) for 2016-2017.
Youth Leader Core is a five weekend commitment for personal enrichment and leadership training that requires involvement in your local church. The YLC experience will help you be a better leader in your church.
We ask for your help in nominating one or two youth from your church - no exceptions - whom you feel will do a good job in your church as a leader. Qualifications should include: 1.) Be a Christian, 2.) Have potential as a leader, 3.) Be in the tenth or eleventh grade (2016-2017 school year), 4.) Be a member of your church.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A NOMINATION FORM, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Nominations are due by August 1, 2016. We will only be accepting the first 25 nominations.
Send Forth Your Light; Psalm 43.3
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Click on the link above for additional materials.
2016 materials have been mailed to your church.
The School of Christian Studies is offering a special opportunity for you to attend four classes this summer (June and July) at Oakwood Baptist Church in Charleston!
David Moutz, pastor, Oakwood Baptist Church will be instructing two one-day modules and two one-day electives this June and July. The classes are as follows: June 11, 2016 - Creating Community (Mod-01) six hours, July 2, 2016 - Making Peace (Mod-4) six hours, July 16, 2016 - Baptism and Communion (E-06) four hours and July 23, 2016 - Weddings and Funerals (E-05) four hours.
For all of the information and registration forms, please click here.
Making Peace (Mod-4) One-Day Class
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Parchment Valley Conference Center, Santrock Education Center
PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE.
Registration 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Class begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 5:15 p.m.
Instructors: Mitch and Jennifer Huber
For more information and a registration form, please click here.
For a copy of the syllabus, please click here.