Hypothermia Prevention Shelter Sign-Up:
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Click HERE to donate needed supplies.
In the Gospel of Matthew, we read a story that Jesus tells about when the Son of Man will come in glory (Matthew 25:31-46). In this story Jesus says that when we feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, welcome strangers, give clothes to those who need them, care for the sick, and visit the imprisoned, that we are really doing those things for Jesus. In this story, Jesus identifies himself with those who are on the margins of society. It is by serving the outcast that we render service to our Lord.
From the night of Sunday, February 17th through the night of Saturday, February 23rd we at St. Matthew’s will be hosting the FACETS Hypothermia Shelter in our building. This means that, as we have now done for many years, we will be opening our doors to homeless members of our community on those nights so that they can stay warm on some of the coldest nights of the year. In order to do this, we need people to sign up f
or a variety of things, including working shifts at the church each evening and night, providing dinner for our guests, donating food items and clothes, and donating money so that we can provide our guests with bus passes to get to and from the church.
As we offer care to our most vulnerable neighbors, we are also offering care to our Lord. By feeding the hungry and offering shelter to those who are cold, we are worshiping our God – the One who is on the side of the outcast. So, this month, find a way to be a part of this work with our homeless neighbors. Not only will you be making a difference in the lives of others, but you will have the opportunity to serve and grow closer to your Lord.