A MESSAGE FROM MISSIONS
The communion offering for January is for Human Relations. This is a special Sunday authorized by the General Conference to be observed during the season of Epiphany. Human Relations Day calls upon United Methodists to further the develop-ment of improved relations with all people.
Micah 6:8b "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" -
God calls us to do justice wherever we are. Justice comes in the form of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual healing through outreach programs, especially for individuals grappling with addiction. We are challenged to reach, touch and re-store lives.
In (Luke 10:25-37). In The Parable of the Good Samaritan a priest, a Levite and a Samaritan see a man stripped, beaten and left half-dead on the side of the road. The priest and the Levite ignore the man and pass by on the other side. The Sa-maritan sees the man, dares to risk and provides the resources needed for him to recover fully. This parable calls the church to travel the dangerous road of social justice - to meet the poor, the disadvantaged and the underserved at the places where others have robbed them and help them to recover from the wounds of social inequality.
Human Relations Day is an opportunity for United Methodists to share in seeking justice for our neighbors and encourages us to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and to stay on the side of those who choose to help those in need.
February's communion offering will be going to Best Friends Animal Society and specified for a New Jersey partner. Best Friends Animal Society's lifesaving work began with the opening of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in southern Utah in 1984. From there, the work to save the lives of homeless pets spread across the country and has continued to expand as a net-work of animal rescue groups in every corner of the nation. Their work includes: adoption, foster and transport programs that help pets find forever homes sooner, even during the pandemic, free and low cost spay/neuter programs in low income are-as, programs to help save lives of animals who are most at risk in shelters, and hands on help for under resourced shelters in communities to reach no kill status.
People have been forced to give up their pets because of loss of lives and jobs during the pandemic. Please give generously to help animals in need. Remember they are also God's creatures.
Since we currently can't schedule programs for 2021, your communion offerings are more important than ever to support our mission projects. Thank you in advance for your continued support.