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.
The Task Force consists of Kerri Bigler, Sharon Dittmar, Ann Eisenlord, Warren Marcus, Pam Ostermeier, Clark Squires, and Pat Townsend. Kath Hahn and Sue Lee are also working with us. NPC already has many ongoing activities that fit within the Matthew 25 Church. The temporary task force is transitioning to a more permanent committee called Advocacy and Outreach. More information about the Matthew 25 Church initiative and what it means for North was presented to the Session on November 4 and will be presented to the Deacons on November 12 and to the Congregation at a brunch after church on January 12, 2020. We hope to see you at brunch on January 12.
There is a mailbox in the church office for any of your comments, suggestions, or questions. If you wish to join us, please leave a message in the mailbox or email us and we will contact you. The Task Force encourages you to read Matthew 25:35-46 and to check out the Presbyterian Mission website.
“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.”