Louisiana churches Cope with Flooding
By Sam Hodges 
Photo by Max Becherer, Associated Press

     First United Methodist Church in Denham Springs, Louisiana, was proud to be a Red Cross Shelter for people flooded out of their homes late last week. But the good work stopped when floodwaters started closing in on the church itself.  "It became very apparent that we had to evacuate the shelter," said the Rev. Jackie King, pastor.
     Denham Springs would have to turn out the people it was rescuing, as well as volunteers. Sunday services were cancelled.  King and other church leaders have been scrambling to make sure church members are accounted for, and to offer comfort and counsel to the many who have had major flood damage to their homes.  "We'll forever more talk about 'after the flood,'" King said.  "This is catastrophic on a level that even those who have weathered many, many storms have never seen in their lifetime."
     The flooding from heavy rainfalls that began last week has claimed at least seven lives in Louisiana, and prompted the rescue of more than 20,000 people. Thousands fled to shelters, and even Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his family had to leave the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge because of flooding and loss of electricity.
     President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for the state, even as officials predicted waters would continue to rise in some areas.
     Louisiana Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey said she is unaware of any United Methodists among the fatalities, but she estimated that a dozen of the denomination's churches have had flood damage, and many church members have major flood damage to their homes.
The area just north of Baton Rouge, including Denham Springs, was especially hard hit because of flooding of the Amite River, she said.  Harvey counseled patience, emphasizing that the situation is still threatening, making volunteer relief work premature.  "Right now,
we're still in the rescue efforts," she said. "We've got to stay out of the way of that. Next will come our trained early responders."
     Harvey predicted it make take a few weeks before volunteer groups can be deployed safely and effectively. However, she said there's an immediate need for cleaning buckets and monetary contributions, which can be made through the United Methodist Committee on Relief or the Louisiana Conference.

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21st World Methodist Conference Looms in Houston
by Sam Hodges
     At the World Methodist Conference, church politics get checked - mostly - at the door.
There's no legislation, but plenty of preaching, teaching, singing and fellowship.  
Think revival, but also think family reunion, with John Wesley as the common ancestor.
"This is a full-on celebration of the Wesleyan tradition that takes place once every five years," said Sarah Wilke, publisher of The Upper Room, and program chair for the World Methodist Conference set for Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Houston.
     As reunions go, this will be a big one, with attendance of 2,500 to 3,000 expected. Seventy percent of the early registration is from outside the United States. More than 70 denominations and other church groups will be represented, all sharing a Wesleyan heritage and basic Wesleyan theology.  And some will travel a long, long way.  "Myanmar just signed up!" Wilke said, referring to a Methodist group in the country formerly known as Burma 
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