In the fall of 2020 Lewinsville became a Matthew 25 congregation, joining 677 other PC(USA) congregations around the country committed to working toward the goals of eradicating structural racism, eliminating systemic poverty, and building congregational vitality.
To discern Lewinsville’s Matthew 25 role Session formed a task force that developed a framework for action around “learning and listening” and “engaging and acting.”
The PC(USA) Matthew 25 initiative is an easy fit for Lewinsville since it aligns with our Why Statement, “loving and serving God by responding to human need.” Below is a list of fall and early winter 2021 activities at Lewinsville that contribute to Matthew 25 objectives.
- Worship Ministry – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month through our Sunday worship service music. (mid-September to mid-October).
- Mission and Service Ministry – Addressing needs in our community on Good Samaritan Day (October 16).
- Adult Education Committee – A book/movie discussion. The October book is “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness,” by Austin Channing Brown. (October 20).
- Faith and Public Policy Committee – Co-hosting with Redeemer Lutheran Church a series of virtual panel discussions on “Pathways out of Poverty in Northern Virginia” (October 31, affordable housing).
To learn more about the PC(USA) Matthew 25 initiative CLICK HERE. Direct any questions about the Matthew 25 initiative at Lewinsville to any of our pastors or to the Matthew 25 liaisons: Kelly Sexton, Congregational Care and Membership; Joe Parisi, Mission and Service; Cathy Saunders, Christian Education; Sharon Gamble, Deacons; Laura Jones, Congregation at large; and Phil Church, Faith and Public Policy.
The “Matthew 25 Iniative” has been set to music in a new hymn, “Jesus Be With Us,” with text and tune by the Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, and musical accompaniment by Phillip Morgan. Read more about this hymn HERE. John Nothaft and three members of our Chancel Quartet perform this new hymn below: