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'The ones for whom you've been praying'
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'The ones for whom you've been praying'

Ten years ago, I stood in the corner of a coffee shop looking across a room filled with worshipers engaging Scripture and one another through questions and stories. They were laughing and listening, singing and praying. Many of them were new acquaintances. Soon they became treasured friends. It was a holy and beautiful scene; and in the midst of it, the hair on the back of my neck stood up! It was as if the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear, "These are the ones for whom you have been praying."

And I had. In fact, our whole vision team and our whole presbytery had been praying — for years — "for the people we do not know yet." We prayed in living rooms and in presbytery meetings. We prayed as we walked neighborhoods and over a construction site. We prayed as we told the story and as we listened to stories. And God had heard our prayers. The people we did not know had come, and we were becoming friends and followers of Jesus together.

Ten years ago, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) launched a movement. It was a movement that would send us into the world and onto our knees in prayer for the people we did not know yet. And since then, the Spirit has been introducing us to new neighbors. The Spirit has been teaching us new languages. The Spirit has been prompting us to new ways of worship and witness. The people we did not know are now here with us, sharing love, grace and the Good News of God Come Near.

2022 marks a milestone moment in the 1001 New Worshiping Communities (NWCs) movement and a milestone moment for Presbyterians. It is a year to celebrate all the people we have met in the past 10 years, all of the new expressions of church and community that have popped up across the denomination, all of the seeds scattered and all of the growth given by the Holy Spirit. Join us as we celebrate this 10-year anniversary and as we give thanks for the abundant gifts of God. And join us as we recommit ourselves to the work of the Gospel in starting new churches for the people we still do not know.

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Nikki
1001 National Coordinator

Matthew 25 Church
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Are you currently leading an NWC and in need of some extra support? Applications are open for the 2022 Apprenticeship Program. Participants will gather weekly for training and peer support and be equipped with a coach. Contact Sara Hayden (sara.hayden@pcusa.org).

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NWCs need our Financial Help

Now more than ever! Despite the fact that 55 new NWCs were launched in 2021 — an amazing statistic considering Covid — the continuing pandemic has left many of the 533 active NWCs struggling to survive.

Some leaders of NWCs are facing a restart scenario. A restart means recasting the vision of an NWC once Covid subsides, returning to the neighborhood to find those who were participating, and energizing a critical mass that can personally and financially support the NWC.

One of the most important resources that leaders of NWCs have been asking for is a new round of seed grants to enable restarts. Another critical need is the funding for the 1001 team to travel and be with leaders who are struggling to maintain hope among their participants.

But such resources cost money: $10,000 for each seed grant and $1,000 or more per week to keep 1001 staff on the road. As a result, your gifts are even more important now as more NWCs struggle to reemerge, thrive and grow.

Please pray about what you can give today to continue the momentum of this important movement and ensure PC(USA)’s relevance, influence and Kingdom impact in the 21st century. To learn more, contact Jon Moore at 502-619-5026 or jon.moore@pcusa.org.

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We invite you to join us on this journey to become a Matthew 25 church

In Matthew 25, the call is loud and clear: we must actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Becoming a Matthew 25 church involves working to build congregational vitality, dismantle structural racism and eradicate systemic poverty. Over 1,000 churches, mid councils and groups have accepted the Matthew 25 invitation. You too can help our denomination become a more relevant presence in the world.

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