Lent begins on March 1 with Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time when Christians examine their lives in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We ask ourselves where we are in step with Jesus and where are we out of step with Jesus.
The first five Sundays in Lent will feature a “blessing of the shoes.” You are invited to wear or bring in the specified shoes for each Sunday. Don’t worry if you forget. We will still bless your shoes. In addition to blessing shoes, FUMC will be collecting for the Elmhurst Shoe Fund.
Where will you be stepping out with Jesus this Lent?
“Blessing of the Shoes” Schedule:
March 5: ACTIVE shoes (walking, running, hiking)
March 12: WORK shoes
March 19: ASSISTED MOBILITY (canes, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, prosthetics, whatever helps you ambulate)
March 26: BOOTS (Protective shoes, rain boots, snow boots)
April 2: COMFORTABLE shoes (slippers, sandals, flip flops)
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Trump administration took executive action to expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall, increase the powers of immigration law enforcement and cut federal funding for sanctuary cities. The administration is expected to announce further action to halt the acceptance of refugees, and discriminate against Muslim refugees seeking asylum.
Supportive of churches offering sanctuary to migrants, Church and Society is especially concerned about the explicit targeting of communities determined to help those in need. Such policies are antithetical to the life and teaching of Jesus Christ and will not be celebrated as progress.
“As followers of Jesus, we reject in the strongest terms efforts to expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall, penalize communities providing sanctuary, halt refugee resettlement or impose a religious test for those facing forced migration,” said the Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society.
“Immigrants and refugees sit in our pews and are behind the pulpit. United Methodists around the world are loving their neighbors by welcoming refugees and immigrants into their congregations and communities,” Henry-Crowe continued. “We call on our political leaders and policy makers to follow their lead and compassionately welcome our sisters and brothers.”
The General Board of Church and Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. The board is called to seek the implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements of the General Conference on Christian social concerns.