As Advent winds down and the season of Christmas approaches, it’s a time we often reflect on the blessings in our lives and pay attention to ways we can share with others. And as we prepare to celebrate the birth of a child who the world didn’t quite expect, we’re reminded that Jesus calls us to live a life of radical hospitality, bold faith and intentional love for others. This church answers that call well through a wealth of mission and service in Marysville and around the world. And this Christmas, we have a new opportunity to grow in faith and love as a community.
Homelessness is a growing national problem. The sheer size of the problem almost makes it seem impossible to deal with for the average person. How can we as Christians make a difference in our local community? Opportunities for ministry sometimes pop up suddenly in unexpected places.
Recently our rental house in the back of the church property became vacant and our Trustees needed to spend some time making needed repairs. An idea was brought forward that perhaps we could use the house to help the homeless in some manner. We became aware of a program that the Everett Gospel Mission has been running for a number of years that provides longer term transitional housing for their clients who have turned their life around. These clients have jobs or are going to school. They have passed background checks. They simply need affordable housing to transition to a successful independent life. The waiting list for government housing programs is very long.
Our Mission Team met with Sylvia Anderson, the CEO of Everett Gospel Mission in November. A proposal for a partnership with Marysville United Methodist Church was explored. The Everett Gospel Mission would lease our rental house and be the tenant. They would pay the utilities and $200 a month rent to Marysville United Methodist Church. Everett Gospel Mission would rent the house to two of their male clients who need transitional housing. These clients will each pay $300 a month rent to Everett Gospel Mission which will help pay for utilities, which run approximately $312 a month. The lease can be cancelled within 60 days notice. We would have a small team of people who would personally relate with our residents and support their transition and growth.
The rental house would normally rent for $1,100 a month. The Trustees use these funds for maintenance of the church. At $200 a month rent, the Trustees would be short $10,800 a year. The Mission Team has made the commitment to raise the $10,800. This will be from gifts from the congregation, other local churches, community service organizations and grant applications. At this time we have $2,000 pledged for the first year. Our Administrative Council approved this mission opportunity at our December 13 meeting.
As we prepare to receive Christ anew this Christmas, we invite you to consider supporting our own Miracle House in our backyard! A one-time Christmas gift or a monthly gift will make a great difference. We’ll receive a miracle offering on Christmas Eve at both services. You can give at any time to support the Miracle House via www.marysvilleumc.org/miracle or with a check.
We can’t think of a better way to show our love for our community than to provide a miracle for a couple people who’ve worked hard for a new life. This is the way of Christ.
Pastor Jenny Smith
Don Whitfield, Mission Team
Mike Young, Mission Team Chair
Jeff Clark, Trustees Chair
Morris VanHorne, Administrative Council Chair
Dave Miller, Finance Chair
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