We are a Matthew 25 Church

 
Matthew 25 recalls the story of the sheep and the goats, where the king reminds those who have asked when they served him, “just as you did it to one of the least of these…you did it to me.”

The Wellshire Session voted to join our PC(USA) denomination’s initiative and become a “Matthew 25 Church.”  Matthew 25 churches answer the call to look outside of themselves, to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, care for the sick, visit the prisoner.
 

Study & Discuss

In November, Wellshire’s Matthew 25 focus will be on Eradicating Systemic Poverty. Join us as we study:

November 22, 10:00 am
Topics: Poverty, Education and Mass incarceration. Contact Kendal for the Zoom login.

November 23, 7:00 pm
Topics: Poverty, Education and Mass incarceration. Contact Kendal for the Zoom login.

Introduction Video

Matthew 25 word cloud

Beloveds,

You are missed. How I long to see your smiles, hear your voices, and greet you with hugs and handshakes in the Wellshire Narthex. Preaching without looking out at your faces is just not the same. But God is with us still, and the connections we have made over Zoom meetings, e-mail, at drive-bys, and out on walks have been profoundly meaningful. Somehow I feel like we are as much the church as we ever were.

In September, the Wellshire Session voted to join our PC(USA) denomination’s initiative and become a “Matthew 25 Church.” Matthew 25 recalls the story of the sheep and the goats, where the king reminds those who have asked when they served him, “just as you did it to one of the least of these…you did it to me.” Matthew 25 churches answer the call to look outside of themselves, to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, care for the sick, visit the prisoner.

Matthew 25 churches also ask critical questions about who are the hungry, the strangers, the sick in our world today? As Wellshire takes on this identity and seeks to be a community of hope for all of God’s children, we will pursue 3 recommended directions: 1) Ending systemic poverty 2) Dismantling structural racism and 3) Building congregational vitality. We have been working in all three of these directions for many years, but the Matthew 25 initiative will help us remain focused on service, and on learning about more systemic change.

As plans develop, you will be invited to participate in learning, service, and advocacy. Serving our communities in this way we believe will deepen all of our spiritual lives and strengthen our witness. In a time of division and political allegiances, we declare ourselves for Jesus, always considering the impacts of our actions on the least among us. I hope you will join us and participate as you are able.

Peace be with us all,

The Rev. Katie Robb Davis