We are a Matthew 25 church!
A bold vision for the church
Our congregation has accepted the PC(USA)’s challenge to follow Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 25:31–46 by becoming active disciples and making a difference in our community and the world.
As part of our Matthew 25 commitment, we pledge to embrace three areas of focus, to celebrate the ministries in which we currently engage, and to challenge ourselves to take the next step in these areas.
WILL YOU TAKE UP THE MATTHEW 25 CHALLENGE? Here are some ways you can engage….
- Build Congregational Vitality by participating in a 3 week in person or online Bible study beginning Sunday, September 20 with Pastor Holly Inglis providing background and theological reflection for the Matthew 25 vision (register), by participating in an online video series and discussion group on A Way Out of No Way in September, participating in the One Church One Book study in October on A House United by Rev. Dr. Allen Hilton then attending worship on November 1 to hear Dr. Hilton preach, participating in a Day of Prayer for Unity on November 2, and attending a Service of Unity on November 8th.
- Dismantle Structural Racism by watching the riveting new documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble (rent film) and join in a live virtual panel discussion with the film’s director and other civil rights advocates on Monday, September 21 (register for discussion), reading a book or an article or watching another movie about understanding “whiteness” or the history of racism in America from our list of resources or enrolling in the 4 week online course “Underpinnings of Systemic Poverty” beginning September 21 (register).
- Eradicate Systemic Poverty by participating in a Deliberative Dialogue on September 24 on Racial & Ethnic Tensions (register) or learning about The Poor People’s Campaign.
Join the Matthew 25 challenge! Watch our website, social media, weekly e-news and weekly bulletins for opportunities to engage, to act, and resources for you to use to challenge and strengthen your faith.
Course: Underpinnings of Systemic Poverty
Stony Point Center and Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary are teaming up with the Presbyterian Mission Agency to present an online course supporting the Matthew 25 Vision. Space is limited, so register now for the second course - “Underpinnings of Systemic Poverty” - which begins Monday, September 21st. Use the button below to register for the course.
This is an introductory course offering a basic overview of the implications of political and economic systems that enforce structures of poverty. This course explores the challenges of the “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” philosophy rampant in our society. The course is designed for those for whom the concept of systemic poverty is relatively new and for those who would like to better understand the intersections between class and other forms of systematized oppression.