Matthew 25 Engagement Challenge

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“For 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.”
Matthew 25:35-36

Dear Wellshire Presbyterian Friends,

PC(USA) is a Matthew 25 denomination. Wellshire is a Matthew 25 church. What does this mean? It means the invitation to discipleship is one of service and concern for “the least of these” whom Jesus identifies in Matthew 25:35-36. It means our faith is actively engaged in needs of the world.

The threefold goals of a Matthew 25 church are to build congregational vitality, dismantle structural racism, and end systemic poverty. These are loft goals! But small steps put together can go a long way. I invite you to join me, and our siblings in Christ throughout the Denver Presbytery in a Matthew 25 Engagement Challenge. They have challenged us, together, to engage in 2,021 hours of activity toward these goals during the month of May. If Wellshire achieved 500 hours, that would be less than ½ hour for each person on our e-mail list!

There are many opportunities for engagement – learning, planning, advocating, serving – all these things count. I’ve listed some Wellshire-specific events below. AND, you can record any activities you participate in outside of church – meetings, boards, volunteering, writing your representatives.

Be sure to record your activities at denpres.org/matthew-25-home.

Let’s join together in this journey of discipleship, that all the world may be blessed to be a blessing.

Peace,
Katie Robb Davis

May 23, 24, 27
Wellshire Reads Together – Discuss Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. Join discussion groups (offered in-person and on-line) by signing up here.
 
Sections 4 – 7*: May 23, 24, or 27
*You do not need to complete the sections in order to join the discussion.
May 19 – 5:00 pm on zoom
Metro Caring – Denver’s frontline anti-hunger organization and one of our church’s longtime mission partners – is inviting everyone to its upcoming annual Spring fundraising event called Rooted in Our Community.
 
The online livestream broadcast is on Wednesday, May 19 from 5:00-6:00 pm. (MDT). The program is going to feature some of Metro Caring’s amazing community members and their inspiring stories in rebuilding back better, together, in a world that was turned upside-down by COVID in 2020. Registration is required to attend the event using this link. If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to email Jim Van Someren at Metro Caring.
May 19 – 5:30 pm on zoom
Join the Rev. Betsey Moe, former Associate Pastor at Wellshire and current mission coworker with The Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA), Guatemala, for a virtual journey:
 
“Reading the Bible With New Eyes”
Learning and Practicing Life-Giving Faith in Guatemala
Learn about how a theology based in the love and justice of Jesus Christ is transforming the lives and communities of people in Central America. You will hear testimonies from pastors and laypeople in CEDEPCA’s Biblical and Theological Formation program and be led through an eye-opening study of scripture by Dr. Paulo Ueti, Anglican theologian, New Testament scholar, and friend of CEDEPCA.
 
Suggested donation $11
 
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Ride elephant rock to support orphans in ZimbabweJune 6 (register, train, and fundraise in May)
Team Zimbabwe Hope for the Orphans
Sign up now to ride the Elephant Rock Cycling Festival on June 6.
 
The purpose of the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership (ZMP) is to provide a venue for participating churches and the wider community to work together to enhance the habitation, nutrition, public health, education and spiritual development of the orphans of Zimbabwe.
 
CLICK HERE to learn more and register. It has never been more important. Whether you’re riding in person, or using the virtual option, registration is easy.

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