Eleanor Roosevelt, the first lady during some of the most tumultuous years of the 20th Century, was a determined, strong woman. No matter how many struggles she faced, she strove to hold onto a positive attitude and sought to make the world a better place. She once said:
“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
The world, friends, seems to be deepening its bent toward hate, division, and violence. Millions are struggling in the wake of shootings and natural disasters. What are we as the Church to do?
Jesus is clear: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hid. Let your light so shine so that everyone may see your good works and give glory to God in heaven.” (from Matthew 5)
What does shining in the darkness look like? Here are a couple of ideas:
Bring in a card to Pastor Cathy’s office for United Methodist pastors in Las Vegas who are serving in the wake of the violence. “Thinking of You” and “Praying for You” cards will be sent from our congregation to United Methodist pastors who are serving their city in the aftermath of the shooting earlier this month. Please bring your cards in to the church office by Monday, October 23. They will be put in large envelopes and mailed to the Las Vegas pastors with a letter from our congregation. The church will pay postage.
Make a contribution to UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief which is responding to needs in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Florida, and Texas. When national or international disasters come, the United Methodist Church shows up with blankets, water, medicine, and personnel to serve as the hands and feet of Christ. Please send your check through Hyde Park Community UMC marked for UMCOR Relief in the area of your choice. Our finance office will forward your gift to UMCOR. 100% of your gift will aid those in need.
Thanks for being a congregation that is willing to stand up and hold up candles to the darkness! Shine on!
Pastors Cathy and Doug