Join me in a spiritual discipline for Lent
What could 10,000 United Methodists accomplish in seven weeks? I believe we can accomplish more than we can imagine.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5. As I did last year, I will forgo one meal per week and donate the cost of that meal to a special project. At the 2013 session of the North Texas Annual Conference, I invited the members of the Annual Conference to join with me in this spiritual discipline during Lent. In fact, I encouraged the lay and clergy members to invite 10,000 United Methodists in North Texas to join them in this spiritual discipline.
Where shall one make a gift of the money that would have been spent on the meals given up during Lent?
The North Texas Conference has begun work on the mission to eradicate poverty by 2025 in two ZIP codes within the conference: 75426, in Clarksville and Red River County; and 75215, in South Dallas. We are committed to transforming the community in each zip code—helping our neighbors who live there leverage their assets to create a productive and sustainable future for themselves and for their children.
What would happen if 10,000 United Methodists gave a gift representing the cost of meals they gave up during Lent to the ZIP Code Project? To see some ways this gift might be used, click the button below.
Here is my challenge to you, the United Methodists in North Texas:
Give up one meal a week during Lent.
During that meal time, pray for your church and this missional project of the NTC and/or engage in a Bible study.
Give to the North Texas Conference ZIP Code Project through your local church, using the funds that would have been spent on those meals given up. Checks should be payable to The North Texas Conference (NTCUMC) with the memo directing your gift to the Zip Code Project. For direct giving, click the button below.
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Lent is the perfect time of the year to engage in spiritual disciplines. The one we are invited to do this Lent falls into what Jesus called fasting and almsgiving. Together we can experience not only a revitalization of our spirits, but begin the revitalization of our communities.