#repost @myersparkumc ・・・ As a participant in the ZOE program since July 2016, Harriett is proud that she and her two siblings (ages 11 and 15) now have enough income to eat healthy foods. She sells a variety of items from her kiosk where she is pictured here with her 11 year old brother, Onesimus. . . . ZOE’s mission (@we.are.zoe) is to empower orphans and vulnerable children to move beyond charity and become fully self-reliant in three years. Myers Park United Methodist Church partners with ZOE in Kenya to sponsor three of these empowerment groups. Mission teams from our church met with young people participating in these groups and others on Trips of Hope in January and February 2018. #livedifferently#wearezoe#rethinkchurch#methodist #empowerment. . . . This is @lisastocktonhowell photographer from Charlotte, NC sharing photos from our trip to Kenya.
We're nearing the end of Lent, and our Photo-a-Day challenge. Today's word: DENY. What have you denied this Lent? What might you feel called to deny? Share your thoughts through a picture and #rethinkchurch
#repost @frontera_wesley ・・・ Day 32 of 40 (a la derecha para Español) In closing the second temptation, we recap the importance of allyship and direct action. Someone who claims love towards all but is without action is merely a liar. In the chapter we provided examples of ally work here in Arizona, whether it be by members of the church, community organizers or directly impacted folx. We now open our last chapter which revolves around the third temptation. In Mathew 4:8-11, “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” In this chapter, similar to how Jesus was offered falsehood as a substitute for truth, people are offered a misrepresentation of minorities and immigrants in the U.S We will discuss common misconceptions and racist slanders such as 'all Mexicans are undocumented,' doing it 'the right way' and this is the 'white man's land' and refute them. ————————————————— Día 32 de 40 Al cerrar la segunda tentación, recapitulamos la importancia de el apoyo y la acción directa. Alguien que clama amar a todos pero no demuestra acción es simplemente un mentiroso. En el capítulo proporcionamos ejemplos de trabajo de aliados aquí en Arizona, ya sea miembros de la iglesia, organizadores comunitarios o persons directamente afectados. Ahora abrimos nuestro último capítulo, que gira en torno a la tercera tentación. En Mateo 4: 8-11 "Otra vez, el diablo lo llevó a una montaña muy alta y le mostró todos los reinos del mundo y su esplendor. "Todo esto te daré", dijo, "si te inclinas y me adoras." Jesús le dijo: "¡Apártate de mí, Satanás! Porque está escrito: "Adora al Señor tu Dios, y
Darkness -Day 32 #lent2018#rethinkchurch I walked into the dark sanctuary at my church to get a sweater I accidentally left there and I could hear the choir rehearsing in a nearby room. Music in the darkness. Voices bringing beauty and inspiration.
Lent Photo-a-Day - March 22 - Distressed: I think distressed describes many people in this world today. We feel anxiety over things from the micro/personal level to the macro/worldview level. From school shootings to third-world poverty and hunger, there is a lot to be distressed about. Some of can’t get out from under the dark clouds, and some of us are scratching our heads wondering how some in this world have strayed so far from the Golden Rule of treating others as we would like to be treated. In some ways, there are no easy answers for some of these problems, but in some ways, the simplest kindness or thing might send this world on a new, better trajectory. Today I pray for remedies to ease the distress in the world, to comfort each of us in our times of distress. #rethinkchurch#lentphotoaday
“Distressed”•Lent Day 37• When I was in graduate school I was blessed to study under Dr Denise Gibbs. She taught a variety of classes and most related to working with children. I’ll never forget one particular lecture in what was probably an early intervention class. Dr Gibbs was attempting to help a class full of childless 20 somethings understand how a parent of a child just diagnosed with a significant communication deficit may feel. She told us to imagine we had planned an amazing vacation. Imagine we had saved our money, made our itinerary to see all the sights, bought a fancy new camera, and packed accordingly. We board our plane headed to Hawaii..... We think. When our plane lands, we get off the plane to discover we’ve landed in Alaska. We would be in shock.... need to buy a coat right away. And we would be unprepared. Yet eventually, we would move beyond the initial distress and start to see the beauty of Alaska. Maybe we would love the glaciers and whale watching once we adjusted our expectations for our trip...... As I became a parent, this analogy has ran through my mind many many times. My children were mostly typical in communication development. But like all parents I’ve had expectations of Hawaii in my mind and the reality has been more Alaska at times. And sometimes the reality is Siberia and it’s scary.... distressing. I can’t help but envy the glowing social media posts of good grades and scholarships posted by proud peers. It was certainly my expectation to have similar experiences with my kids. If I can just be honest for a minute, I’m barely hanging on some days. I really just want to see an honest to goodness high school diploma. Something that was such a simple thing for me to achieve.... I can’t make it happen for my own kid. I can’t get said kid to do the work. This isn’t a hallmark movie. I have no more answers. I just have distress.... with no benefit of even the view of glaciers. “Answer me when I call to
Day 37 • Distressed “He took Peter and Zebedee's two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, ‘My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’ He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, ‘My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.’ Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, ‘Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?’” Jesus was about to be given over to the hands of His betrayers, and He suffered with the knowledge of what must come to pass. Jesus asked for vigilance in prayer, but his friends slept in the shadows of the garden. As we approach Holy Week, it is a question we, too, must ask of ourselves: are we asleep at the wheel of our lives?