Worship: Christian Education
A note from Sarah,
Justice For Our Neighbor (JFON) / Sarah’s soapbox
This month, we celebrate the birth of a baby whose parents feared for his life enough to travel to a foreign country, where he became a refugee; as an adult, he was unfairly tried and sentenced harshly. Unfortunately, this storyline repeats itself over and over today, without headlines or gospels to tell their stories.
The refugee I reference, Jesus, hung on a tree because of our sins, to show us God’s unfathomable love, compassion, mercy, and power for resurrection. We are called to reflect this compassion. Because of who our triune God is, we have this mandate: “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:33-35)
With the recent spike in hate crimes, foreigners here need our support now more than ever. JFON has been doing that work and needs support to continue to do so, much less to meet the growing needs. More info here: http://www.newenglandjfon.org/ Donations made to JFON by the end of December will be matched!
Please consider making a one-time donation and becoming a “friend of JFON” by filling out an envelope (on the table with the bulletins) and making a small pledge of $10 per month. After attending the JFON dinner in November and being deeply touched by testimonies of immigrants who both benefitted from JFON and now volunteer and from lawyers who volunteer with JFON, I pledged to find 10 new “friends of JFON” starting with me. Please join me in supporting justice for our neighbors as we celebrate the birth of the refugee who was God incarnate.