Carolyn Ruda is Montreal & Ottawa Conference’s Mission and Service Support staff. She writes:
I have the privilege of being the Mission and Service Support for Montreal & Ottawa Conference—kind of a cheerleader for M&S. Whether I am invited to speak to a room full of adults or get down on the floor with the children, I get real joy out of talking about the numerous and varied ways Mission and Service helps others.
When I speak to the M&S Enthusiasts in the congregations, they are always anxious to share what is happening in their congregations to raise awareness of Mission and Service, whether it is the latest fundraiser, an M&S partner’s visit, or the faithful and consistent reading of Minutes for Mission on a Sunday morning.
This is the time for all of us to ask: What can we as individuals and pastoral charges do to make sure the work carried out by our hard-working, loyal, and devoted partners continues? To make sure our overseas personnel have the support they need to be effective in the countries in which they so willingly serve? Many people in our society and in our communities are marginalized and feel disconnected, disenfranchised, or alienated.
Mission and Service–funded partners provide projects that say, “Here is a place for you. You belong and are welcome.” Many of the mission-supported pastoral charges could not be the faith in action in their communities if it were not for your generous gifts. Our United Church Creed says to love and serve others, and so does Micah 6:8—so let us lift up and celebrate the essential work done by M&S.
Mission and Service is us being compassionate together. Please give.
Mighty and tender God, our gifts to M&S help your church to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you.