Church Together for the Sake of the World
With the pandemic impacting millions of people around the world, it would be easy to allow ourselves to be drawn further and further into isolation.
As followers of Jesus, however, we know that we are not isolated. As followers of Jesus, we know that we are called to see the stranger and the disenfranchised, the hungry and the hurting, the prisoner and the outcast as neighbors and fellow members of the body of Christ. As followers of Jesus, we know that we are called to use our gifts for the building up of the whole community. We are the church, not simply for ourselves, but for the sake of the world.
Now is the time for us to lift up our eyes and see the opportunities that are before us to be God’s heart and hands in a hurting world. Now is the time to open our hearts, to lift up our voices, and to share our gifts and be the church together for the sake of the world.
The tabs below provide resources to help you participate in our Synod Church Together for the Sake of the World Projects and to assist you in developing a project in your community. For questions about how you can get involved, contact Pastor John Wertz, Jr at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for sharing your gifts to proclaim God’s love to the world!
Virginia Synod Daily Bread Matching Grants
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 Virginia Synod Daily Bread Matching Grants. If you have any questions, please contact The Rev. John Wertz Jr at email@example.com
WiFi for Minnick Students
- Directions for Using WiFi Project Resources
- We are Church Together LFSVA WiFi Project Email Template
- We are Church Together LFSVA Wifi Project Flyer
- We are Church Together LFSVA Wifi Social Media Graphic
- Video: We are Church Together LFSVA WiFi for Minnick Students Video
- Video: A Conversation with Ray Ratke and Pastor John Wertz
- Donation Website: WiFi for Minnick Donation Website
Walking together with your community can be a wonderful way to respond to God’s love for you and to witness to God’s love for the world. The resources below are intended to help your congregation work with local partners to identify needs, to match those needs with gifts and assets in the congregation and congregational networks, and then provide help that is helpful. Together we can be the church for the sake of the world.
- Step-by-Step Guide to Identify and Create a Community Project
- Asset Mapping: Simple How to Guide (Section 1 could easily be adapted to a Zoom Meeting)
- Church Together for the Sake of the World Graphic #1
- Church Together for the Sake of the World Graphic #2
- Bible Study: We are Church Together from Bishop Eaton
As followers of Jesus, we not only have the opportunity to respond to immediate needs in our world, but we also have the opportunity to align our voices to promote justice and equity in the world. Below you will find links to advocacy resources to support change in Virginia and across the US.