Lenten Mission 2018
Last year during Lent, a number of women from Church on the Hill, in partnership with other churches in the area, sewed dresses for Little Dresses in Africa. The previous year, we collected women’s professional clothing for Housing+ Solutions and hosted a breakfast/shopping day in Gessner Hall. Historically, three spiritual practices are associated with the season of Lent. The most well-known is fasting; the other two are prayer and almsgiving. New Testament scholar Joel Green defines almsgiving as “benevolent activity on behalf of the needy as an expression of genuine social solidarity—that is, of caring for and embracing those in need as if they were members of one’s own kin group.” Knowingly or unknowingly, the last two Lenten missions were examples of almsgiving.
This year, as we continue what’s becoming an annual tradition during Lent, Church on the Hill will ‘adopt’ a refugee family that will be resettling in New Jersey in 2018. In partnership with Interfaith Rise, a refugee and immigrant services and empowerment organization located in Highland Park, NJ, COTH will adopt one refugee family of 4-6 people (adults and children). The family, having undergone the U.S.’s vetting process, will more than likely be coming from the Congo, Afghanistan, or Iraq. COTH will seek to make the transition as smooth as possible for the family by providing for their new home and welcoming them warmly to the U.S.
Church on the Hill will collect home goods that will be provided to the family for their new home (which will be secured through Interfaith Rise).
A board of tags listing home goods will be set up after worship on February 25. Buy whatever is on the tag and return it to the church by March 25.
Church on the Hill will seek to learn from the wells of the Scripture our calling as Christians toward refugees.
- On February 25 during Coffee Hour, Wendy Jager will share more about who refugees are, the resettlement process, and how churches can respond.
- A Lenten Bible reading guide will be provided.
- In addition, our spring intern, Carlos Rivera, will be teaching an adult education class on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. that will explore this topic more in-depth.
Church on the Hill will extend hospitality to the family through:
- A small group of church members welcoming the family into their new home
- A quilt, made by members of Church on the Hill. If you are interested in being involved in the sewing project, please contact Jeanne Sarran.