Friends of the Methodist Justice Ministry:
This Sunday, November 22, 2015, is “Methodist Justice Ministry Sunday” in our church. This is the 10th year of the Ministry, and the Church has very generously decided to celebrate us churchwide. We are very grateful.
I have been invited to preach in the main Sanctuary at the 9:00 and 11:00 am worship services. I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to spread the word about the Methodist Justice Ministry (MJM) to our members who might not be familiar with our work.
I have a request of each of you. I am going to take this preaching opportunity to celebrate some people in our community who protect women and children daily. To that end, we have invited some caseworkers from Child Protective Services with whom we at the MJM have worked closely over the years. We have also invited the licensed professional counsellor, who has counseled with so many of our women and children clients over the years, to help them deal with their trauma and their fears. And we have invited all of the Tarrant Court family court judges, most of whom have accepted the invitation. All these people will be in attendance at the 11:00 am service. Please, if there is any way for you to do so, come to the 11:00 am service this Sunday, not so much to support the MJM (which will certainly be appreciated), but mainly to express our personal thanks to these people whose calling is to deal daily with the worst in human failure and to protect women and children from abuse and neglect.
This will be a Thanksgiving service. I plan on preaching about true heroes and thanking them. These people, and our hundreds of clients over these 10 years whom we have helped obtain legal custody of children who are not their own — in order to provide for, protect, and nurture them — are true heroes.