You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. ~Matthew 5:14-15
When I was a youngster, I was afraid of the dark. My parents were very patient with me but certainly did not like me trying to sneak into their bed in the middle of the night. So began the ritual of Mother or Daddy leaving a small lamp on in my bedroom once I was in bed. Such a simple action but one that reflected love and understanding. If I woke up in the middle of the night, the brightness of the lamp was reassuring to me and kept me in my bed. Today there are still night lights on throughout our house, lighting the way and shining out in comfort and reassurance should I need to get up for any reason.
In Matthew, we are called to be the light of the world; to be a source of comfort and reassurance to those we meet along our faith journey. As many of us find ourselves returning to a life of comfort and reassurance after twelve-plus months of living with the pandemic, I remind you to give thanks by becoming a source of light for those who continue to struggle with how COVID has impacted their lives – perhaps loss of a job or income, isolation and depression, or being stranded in a dangerous living arrangement.
I invite you to be that source of illumination during this Easter season by making a “Second Mile” Easter offering that will support three life-changing ministries that operate within our own sacred walls as well as support other ministries that are community-driven.
First Street Methodist Mission provides emergency food, clothing, infant formula, and limited financial assistance at an all-time high due to COVID-19 and doing it with respect and compassion for all who are served.
Methodist Justice Ministry is experiencing an extremely high volume caseload as they protect children and women from domestic violence, abuse, and neglect and making it possible for them to rebuild new lives free from unimaginable struggles while breaking the cycle of abuse.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Ministry offers specialized dementia care training and education for individuals, families, and caregivers who are dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Community Outreach is part of First Church’s DNA as we take our “hands and feet” out into the community in support of worthwhile missions that are addressing the needs of those who are vulnerable. Your generosity allows us to join with others in projects that are community-driven such as Habitat for Humanity, Presbyterian Night Shelter, and Cowtown Brush-Up.
Thank you in advance for sharing your light of encouragement and faith this Easter season.
Wishing you boundless Easter blessings,
Director of Stewardship
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