Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
We are a Matthew 25 Church
Matching Gift Thank You
Thank you for your generosity! The $7,500 Matthew 25 match has been met and exceeded. The local mission committee has distributed $10,000 in additional operating gifts to 4 mission partners: Family Homestead, Habitat for Humanity, MetroCaring, and Urban Peak. $5,000 has been allocated to the Diversity Task Force who will select recipient organizations actively involved in anti-racism efforts.
Your gifts will make a difference for people experiencing hunger, homelessness, and oppression in the Denver area. We are thankful for the partner agencies who are doing the hands on work.
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