“Now, the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.” ~Acts 4: 32-34 

Remember back to that Holy Week we walked through together in this apocalyptic pandemic?  Terrifying, unlike any we had ever experienced.  Jesus Christ was raised from death and we had had an Easter unlike any we could have imagined before.  

This Pentecost will be unimaginable as well, a Pentecost where the Holy Spirit blows wild and free, through every open window and heart  even as there are still very real and necessary constraints on how we gather in person as the body of Christ. But the Holy Spirit is not constrained!  

And as we consider the transition ahead, there continue to be so many desperate needs in the communities around us.  Our brothers and sisters serving the Black, immigrant, and unhoused church carry crushing burdens.  The web of support church goers have relied on heavily in the past, has been shredded.  And so began the One Church Fund.   

This year can be a Pentecost we share generously what we have, and ask for what we need – just like the early Church – through the One Church Fund and the One Church Skill Share. This year, we can be of “one heart and one soul” like the Church in Acts 4. We can share what we have as One Church.  

We needed $50,000 to open the One Church Fund and begin distributing to those in the Body of Christ with the greatest need.  We’ve raised $17,355 so far, in just 26 days. Church, it is remarkable how generous God’s people are!  

And then – the Holy Spirit blew thru with a generosity above and beyond which we could have even imagined!  

A generous donor gifted the Massachusetts Council of Churches $15,000 with the powerful promise of
another $10,000 matching gift,
if we can raise $10,000 by Monday June 1, 2020.  

And so, we ask for your financial support this Pentecost. In our present circumstances, our our gifts will be marked, not by their size, but the generous heart that gives. Please, give this week before June 1.

This is the vision of Acts, a vision of One Church, sharing what they have so that “there was not a needy person among them” (Acts 4:34). That vision is so very far from the reality on the ground in many parts of Massachusetts.  This past week, Rev. Laura had a long conversation Rev. Dieufort Fleurissaint of the Haitian Evangelical Pastors’s Association. Rev. Fleurissaint spoke of both the technical assistance needed for the Haitian churches of Massachusetts, many of which don’t yet have websites and have not been worshipping online, and the need for financial support, as the pastors have been looking for food for their parishioners. Right now, there is much need. But our One Church efforts are, in Rev. Fleurissant’s words “an answered prayer.”  

Your financial support, Church, is testimony to the Resurrection.  Even now. Especially now, when so much death and despair is all around. The Spirit is unbound, without constraint or fear. That nudge you’re feeling right now?  That hesitant hope that this might actually work? That’s the Sprit working through you. We move closer to that Acts 4 vision of the Church with every contribution. So please give.

By giving, you can help another church give more food to hungry people or learn to worship online. Give because  
  • by giving, we draw closer to that vision in Acts 4.  
  • our witness as Christians to a weary, broken world is at stake.  
  • we are stretching our trust in the Spirit to provide, that there is enough for all, when we share.   

Please give so that others may see the abundance of God’s provision in Christ Jesus.  

With hope in the Holy Spirit and you,  

Revs. Laura, Meagan, Carrington & Kenneth 

PS:  When you give and tell the story, you invite more generosity.  We invite you to use the hashtag #OneChurchFund as you post and share about why you are making a contribution.  Invite a friend into this vision of what Church can be.   

Join us for this conversation about the particular challenges immigrant churches are facing during COVID 19 with Pastor Dieufort Fleurissaint of the Haitian Evangelical Pastors's Association on Wednesday May 27 at 3pm by watching on Facebook Live at this link: https://www.facebook.com/Masscouncilofchurches/live/  to ask questions and comment in real time, or watch the video of our conversation at the same link afterwards! 

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