Easter Season Mission Project
One of the symbols many enjoy is the Easter egg. This year the pysanka egg has taken on even great signifigance, binding the hope and promise of new life with the spirit and plight of refugees in Eastern Europe. News reports from Ukraine have riveted us. Millions of citizens have fled. Their lives - and the neighbors who have received these refugees - have been changed forever. Lutheran Disaster Response is accompanying our companions in Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and such ecumenical partners as Lutheran World Federation and Church World Service in their humanitarian responses to the crisis created by Russia's war against Ukraine. These partners provide refugees with immediate support and supplies such as food, blankets, water, and hygiene kits. In addition, presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has joined other religious leaders from Europe and around the globe in issuing an interfaith call for peace in the region.
What each of us can do:
Pray - For those in Ukraine, Russia, and neighboring countries affected by the war in Ukraine. May God's healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Remember scripture's injuction to pray for our enemies (Prayer changes things - and people!).
Give - Messiah's Easter Mission Project will collect funds for Lutheran Disaster Response. All of your gifts (100%) will support people impacted by conflict in the region.
- Consider contributing the amount of one meal (preferably a meal for your household at a good restaurant) per week.
- Pick up a "discipline calender" at Messiah, offering the oppurtunity to take stock of, and give thanks
for, the blessings you enjoy while contributing coins (and an occasional folded bill/check) to a mite
box/container in your home.
- Think about tithing this year's income tax refund.
Study - Pastor Jeff will provide weekly video "shorts" and digital links highlighting ongoing relief work and oppurtunities to support ministries working with the refugee communities. Watch for them in a weekly email or on Sundays at Messiah.