|MISSION | VISION | CALLING|
|This Act of Faith takes its name from Matthew 25:31-46 which calls us to actively engage in our community and the world around us. We do this by embracing three areas of action: building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty.”* |
|WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW|
With the onset of COVID, our outreach partnership with St. Joe’s House of Hospitality on South Avenue (part of the Catholic Worker network) was reduced to one Sunday afternoon a month, handing out meals to those in need. This fall, we will continue to collect contributions as needed by St. Joe’s.
Of course homelessness and poverty do not end because of pandemic demands; and many of our St. Joe’s guests fall into the most vulnerable categories of those negatively impacted by the virus. At the same time, decreases in food supplies further imperil our friends. Although we have moved into a new “stage” of fighting the many variants that surface, we remain committed to finding ways to provide needed support without risking any of our volunteers. It is a work in progress and we appreciate your prayers.
Each of us who participates in any part of Matthew 25 is changed through our interactions with our brothers and sisters. We have opportunities to respond in faith — “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Mt. 25:35-36).
* South Presbyterian Church is part of the PC(USA) Matthew 25 Initiative from where we take the wording for our Mission | Vision | Calling.