CHRISTMAS JOY
SPECIAL OFFERING
 

Come early Thursday morning, a handful of BPCers regularly head down to central Los Angeles to participate in a very special project: to serve at the Hope on Union Food Pantry run by a sister church in our Presbytery, United University Church with Pastor Sunny Kang.

The church, located right across the street from a gym, barbershop and 99-cent store, provides food weekly to nearly 300 food-insecure individuals and families. The pantry is experiencing what in these inflationary-times is happening to many other inner city communities as well:  more hungry people needing help.  Indeed, demand at the pantry this year alone has risen over 20%!

Given the urgency, Hope on Union has been designated for the second consecutive year as BPC’s local recipient for the Christmas Joy Offering, one of our denomination’s oldest and most cherished traditions. Your donation will help Hope on Union with the cost of food distribution as well as show the love of God to families in need. 

The other half of our offering will go to the PC(USA) Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, which provides vital financial support to church workers and their families, and to Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color with education and leadership development.  

 

 
 
PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY
 
 
 
 
 
BE A PART OF THE BPC MISSION TEAM
Interested in becoming part of the BPC MISSION TEAM
or learning more about the Church’s mission activities and partnerships?
 
Contact Mission Elder Steve Ruth (sjruth123@gmail.com)
or Pastor Lora East (Lora.East@bpcusa.org).
 
The Mission Team meets monthly, in person as well as via Zoom,
usually after the final service of each second Monday of the month.
ALL ARE INVITED.
 
 
MISSION PASTOR: REV. LORA EAST
MISSION ELDER: STEVE RUTH
MINISTRY LEADER: NORMA MCNAIR
TEAM MEMBERS: TOM ELANDER, FRANCIE GOODRICH, ROB HUDNUT, WADE HUIE,
SANDY KIM, ZAYNA LYNCH
 

Matthew 25:37-40

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

BPC is a Matthew 25 Church! Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, Brentwood Presbyterian Church joins our denomination, the PC(USA), to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.

The themes of the Matthew 25 invitation are grounded in the gospel. Jesus calls us to serve with and for “the least of these” — not as a group to be pitied, but as people who are deeply loved by Jesus. This loving commitment to radical and fearless discipleship has three focuses:

• Building congregational vitality by challenging congregations and their members to deepen and energize their faith and grow as joyful leaders and disciples actively engaged with their community, seeing new disciples engaged in ministry and longstanding believers develop in faith as the gospel of Jesus Christ is shared in word and deed.

• Dismantling structural racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.

• Eradicating systemic poverty by acting on our beliefs and working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.

· Link to current OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

· Link to BPC’s INTERNATIONAL MISSION PARTNERS

· Link to BPC’s SEASONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE