Mission Focus – January

January Mission Focus

Human Rights

This month at St. Paul’s we are looking at Human Rights as our mission focus. Currently, issues of race are front page in our nation, human trafficking remains a problem, and we continually see cycles of poverty causing more problems for our society. During times like this it is important to remember God has a dream for our world for us to live into. Part of that dream is shared in our Book of Discipline:

“The rights and privileges a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights of all persons to equal access to housing, education, communication, employment, medical care, legal redress for grievances, and physical protection. We deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation. Our respect for the inherent dignity of all persons leads us to call for the recognition, protection, and implementation of the principles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights so that communities and individuals may claim and enjoy their universal, indivisible, and inalienable rights.” Paragraph 162, 2014 United Methodist Book of Discipline

This month find some way to engage in acts of solidarity with anyone who finds themselves in a position of not receiving all the rights and privileges of our society. It might be as simple as making sure someone has a pair of socks in our sock drive or helping with the Point in Time survey to count the homeless. Human Relations Sunday is January 18, so join us this month as we focus on Human Rights in our community and around the world.

by Tyler Amundson

Mission Focus – December

Christmas Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

It is a red blur.  Christmas flies by every year and rarely do we remember the gifts we opened last year.  The stories people do remember and share are about when their heart was touched.  Perhaps people remember the look as they brought a warm meal to a family in need.  Others remember watching their child share a gift with another for the first time.  When hearts are warmed, traditions are created that are worth keeping.

The mission focus this month is an invitation is to uncomplicate Christmas by focusing on creating a memory that you can remember next year.  The invitation is to share the message of God’s love in small and surprising ways.  The birth of Christ demonstrates to us each year that small packages develop in world changing realities of love.  We invite you to choose a way to give that is simple this season.  Here is a list of simple gifts you might have already participated in or might yet be a part of through the church:

  • Shopped for gifts at the Fair Trade Market to share a just wage with people worldwide
  • Shoebox to Blackfeet United Methodist Parish (Due Dec 3)
  • Pajamas for Intermountain (We got all we needed with one Sunday request!)
  • Gift Tag off the Giving Tree to help a family in need
  • Share the gift of music with your talents (Christ Child’s Birthday Party Talent Share!)
  • Bring your family to the Christ Child’s Birthday and donate to UMW’s mission work
  • Give to our Christmas Offering for local mission.

Perhaps there is something else in the community that touches your heart.  Whatever you give to this season doesn’t need to be complicated, just let it be from your heart.  Giving from the heart is true hospitality, it is a great tradition, and that is church.