Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Pentecost Offering

Children and youth at risk are the focus of our annual Pentecost Offering. With the disruptions in our society caused by Covid-19, young people can be especially vulnerable. This offering is an opportunity for us to support some important programs designed specifically to help them become responsible adults.

A full 40% of our contributions will stay right here in Reno to support the work of Eddy House, where homeless young people, ages 12-24, find a safe place to stay while they get their lives in order. Along with the basic necessities of shelter and meals, Eddy House provides a comprehensive variety of services, enabling these young people to complete their education, get job training, and become independent.

The other 60% of this offering goes to support the youth ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA), including Young Adult Volunteers (twelve month terms of service), the Youth Triennium, and programs to address the needs of children at risk. All of these help nurture the faith of those who are the church to come.

Pentecost is celebrated on May 31, and this offering will be received through the month of June. Contributions to the Pentecost Offering can be added on to your regular offering or sent in separately to the church office. Please give generously to support these worthwhile programs.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Frontera de Cristo

“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?”

 “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.” —Matthew 25: 38–40

In response to the biblical call to love our neighbors, the Mission Committee is spending a significant amount of our budget to support the border ministry of Frontera de Cristo–-specifically Presbyterian mission co-workers Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar.

Located in the sister cities of Agua Prieta, Sonora (Mexico) and Douglas, Arizona (USA), Frontera de Cristo works with churches, presbyteries, and secular organizations on both sides of the border to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

Their ministries include a community center, a migrant resource center, a health ministry, a just trade center, and new church development. Their family ministry provides Bible school for children, parenting classes, women’s self-esteem workshops, emergency assistance for families in distress, counseling, spiritual direction, and pastoral presence. They also have mission education activities, bringing together people from both sides of the border through travel and immersion experiences that build relationships and an understanding of issues of migration and faith.

We hope the whole congregation of St. John’s will join us in becoming informed about this work, supporting it through prayer, study, and possibly travel. We will invite Mark and Miriam to visit us when they are available. In the meantime, learn more about this ministry by visiting their website: fronteradecristo.org.