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. 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.
I hope you heard Rev. Lance Marshall and Dr. Mike Marshall share the exciting news on Sunday morning about current giving here at FUMCFW. Total giving — giving that supports designated ministries, programs, Next90, and partner organizations — is up an amazing 30% in comparison to 2019. Thank you! First Church’s response should not be surprising, because after all, that is part of our DNA – putting discipleship into heartfelt action.
Since March 14, 2020, when covid hit and the quarantine started, we have received more than 300 new requests for legal and financial help — requests that we recognize as social symptoms of the virus just as surely as a pulmonologist recognizes shortness of breath as its physical symptom.
So what can we as a church — and what can we as individual Christians — say and do in response to the death of George Floyd, the resulting outrage and demonstrations, and the looting and burning by a minority of the protesters? There is at the core of each of us a presence of God that abhors this racism, injustice, and oppression — and will bring us out of it together.
With the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 comes escalating cases of child and domestic abuse. With your help, MJM’s critical work to meet these urgent legal and protective needs likewise steps up to meet basic needs and help ensure that the most vulnerable women and children do not become even more vulnerable when times are tough.
Methodist Justice Ministry helps children who have been the victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, as well as babies born addicted to drugs.
The Methodist Justice Ministry empowers women and children to make new lives free of abuse, taking complicated and time-consuming cases that other agencies do not have the resources to address.