This fall we will be exploring what it means to be a “Matthew 25 Church.” This new initiative from the PC(USA) was announced in April. Our Session began discussing it in June as a broadened means of supporting outreach. Read more at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/matthew-25/. The initiative has three main elements:
- Building congregational vitality by challenging members to deepen and energize their faith and grow as joyful leaders and disciples, actively engaged with our community and world as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
- Dismantling structural racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice, and oppression of people of color.
- Eradicating systemic poverty by acting on our beliefs and working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.
A Matthew 25 Task Force of Session was formed this summer consisting of newly serving elders Sharon Dittmar, Clark Squires, and Pat Townsend. They have begun to seek additional help from the Deacons, members of the former Mission committee, and the congregation at large to structure our congregation to help everyone discover their gifts for engagement in the community and to address the root causes of poverty. If you have suggestions or questions, contact any of the three (email addresses below) or leave a note in the Matthew 25 mailbox in the church office.
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”