Walk the Extra Mile in Solidarity

In a world where communities are being displaced by the catastrophes of war, famine and natural disasters, the Church is called to reclaim the spiritual discipline of solidarity. If WE are the church, then we need to prayerfully consider how we can accompany our brothers and sisters without homes as they search for safety, food and a place to rest. Through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Sunday, March 6th, we as the body of Christ, have the opportunity and power to help those who are living in despair as refugees. If refugees had a chance to return home, many would not have a place to return to because their home most likely has been destroyed - either burned, bombed, or left with no source of food.
Read the article in last Sunday's State Journal about all the refugees in Greece needing support because so many have been stopped by the closing of the Macedonian border. Think about what it would be like to walk miles carrying all your belongings and trying to care for young children if you were able to survive the treacherous water crossing. Read the story of the young Palestinian man in the bulletin insert next Sunday. The needs are so great in so many places and One Great Hour of Sharing offering is our best opportunity to provide help in cooperation with other protestant churches.
Board of Outreach has set a goal of $5000. As you consider your gift to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, think for one moment of what it would be like to not have a place to call home and then make your best gift. Let us live out the call of solidarity with all people, especially those displaced by disaster, war and famine. 
We also would like to invite everyone to actually walk an extra mile on March 6th. Meet in the narthex after church to make some posters to show why we are walking and then meet on the front steps to begin walking at 11:45am. While walking you will learn facts about refugees and the story of refugees as they journey from danger to safety. We will walk a one mile course starting on Breese Terrace. After walking the mile, you will have a chance to walk the extra mile to think about what you have learned. Time to find those walking shoes that may have been stashed away for the winter. Bring the strollers and the kids. This is an activity for everyone. For more information about OGHS, please visit  http://www.ucc.org/oghs_resources_frequently-asked-questions.

~ Board of Outreach

Posted on March 1, 2016 at 10:28 am in Featured Content.

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