Dear Family and Friends,
The whole world was able to witness the murder of George Floyd on the street corner of 38th and Chicago in South Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25th, 2020. The outpouring of emotions that occurred after his death has been like nothing we have seen during our lifetime. There has been anger, pain, disbelief, confusion, destruction, mourning, but importantly a cry for justice and change!
Everyone is trying to understand and move forward with making the world a better place after this horrible event. We all want to see change, but have very different ideas of what is the best way to proceed. I would like to respectfully share my ideas with you in this letter, not because I think of myself as a professional in this area, but because I believe to really understand someone and what they are dealing with you need to be in close relationship with them.
I was so surprised when someone shared with me that the most segregated day and hour of the week is Sunday during church. We all tend to worship at churches close to our homes, which means we mainly gather with people who live close by and are more than likely our own race. We pray for other people, but we are not praying side by side with them. The church is made up of brothers and sisters of all races. We need to know and honor each other. If we are in real relationships with one another, change can happen! I am excited and hopeful because I have seen change take place in my beloved city of Minneapolis.
This summer I started attending the World Wide Outreach For Christ Church in South Minneapolis located across the street from where George Floyd was murdered. It is a predominantly Black church that services a very impoverished neighborhood. They are an Assemblies of God church. Their Senior Pastor is Curtis Farrar, and his wife Pam stands by him as an encourager and empowers the people. They have been a pastors there for 38 years. They are working hard to be a forerunner in starting a racial reconciliation ministry.
I believe God is going to use George Floyd’s death and this church specifically to create real change and bring all of us together, despite our different backgrounds, stories, and experiences. This is what authentic unity looks like in the body of Christ.
Will you join me in honoring the congregation and helping me build relationships with others outside their church? I am planning a luncheon so people can feel supported and meet each other and share ideas. We want to feed as many people as possible that day. I am inviting you to join me.
*****All left over funds will be donated to the church.*****
There are several ways you can help.
1. PRAY for the success of the event
2. Donate money to pay for the meal
3. Donate time to serve at the event
What: World Wide Outreach For Christ Church Luncheon
Who: Anyone and everyone. Come one, come all!
When: Sunday, August 23rd
Where: 3808 Chicago Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Time: Church Service 11:00-1:00
Lunch will follow after service at 1:00
Parking: All off street - you will have to walk to the church.
Feel free to call or text me with any questions.
Looking forward to serving with you,
Emily Rose Johnson
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