This week, I want to call your memory back to the last Sunday of June, 2017. On that day, we had our Church Annual Meeting and learned about several new and exciting ministry possibilities for Union. We also approved a Permanent Fund Policy to guide the use of some extraordinary financial gifts that had come to the church. Finally, over the next few weeks, the “fruit” of these possibilities are becoming realized.
One of the decisions in setting up the Permanent Fund Policy was to tithe the beginning amount and to use that money for mission opportunities. This week, the Finance and Permanent Fund committees met together and made a recommendation for $10,000 grants to be given to ACTS, The Sparrow’s Nest, and Interfaith Hospitality Network. The Church Council approved this recommendation.
In making this decision, each of the organizations were asked to share their most pressing needs – where would this money be used? ACTS said their greatest need was always food items, so our donation will enable them to keep the food pantry shelves well-stocked. The Sparrow’s Nest will use the money to help their clients with bus passes and many other personal needs. Interfaith Hospitality Network shared their greatest need was money to pay for childcare for their families.
We are blessed to have a church that takes Jesus’ words about caring for “the least of these” so seriously. From financial gifts, to gifts of time, to gifts of love, to gifts of needed items, the Union family opens their hearts to all of God’s children. “l assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.” Matthew 25:40