Thank you for the way in which you are uniting your hearts, your prayers, your hopes and your generosity to meet the needs of our wounded world during this pandemic.
The Lord is risen indeed!
I greet you, Easter people, my friends in Christ, as we move into this radiant season. In the midst of Easter joy and light, we find ourselves in a wounded world. The pandemic continues and yet we are in ministry together, connected together even though we are separated physically from one another. In these days, some of us find our lives impacted directly by the pandemic, our economic life, and even our health. Others of us, though constrained in our homes, find our selves economically secure.
This is a good time for generosity. The Mission Endowment investment this year is $73,866 and a group of leaders assembled last week on Maundy Thursday remembering the basin and towel of Jesus and how he washed his disciples’ feet, directed that this year’s investment would be applied to the COVID-19 Response Fund of the Annual Conference.
Your generosity is invited to increase the Mission Endowment so that this mission investment will grow from year to year. We work together for a united coordinated effort in these days of pandemic. We’ve looked at every area of our Conference life. We are working to help our churches access financial support through the CARES Act of the federal government. We are configuring the financial resources of our Annual Conference to support the work of our clergy and the mission of our laity. Grants are available through the Missions office of our Annual Conference for your mission out into your community and the world.
And in this season, we remember our global partners – four, in Liberia, in Sierra Leone, in Peru, in Vietnam, in El Salvador, in every place in this world. People are sheltered. People are endangered and the pandemic continues.
Thank you for the way in which you are uniting your hearts, your prayers, your hopes and your generosity to meet the needs of our wounded world.
May Christ be with you.