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SERVANT EVANGELISM

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The United Methodist Church is a global denomination that opens hearts, minds, and doors through active engagement in our world. The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living — on putting faith and love into action. Here at Pasadena, we are striving to put faith and love into action. The Servant Evangelism Team is one way we are doing this — this team is responsible for the ministry of presence and evangelism.

Evangelism is the process of spreading the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. Evangelism can be or sound like a scary concept/practice, but really, it is all about relationship — sharing our stories and our relationship with God with one another. It is sharing the love of Christ to everyone we meet. 

This is our approach to evangelism — presence and kindness. We are proclaiming the Good News to all of Creation with our words, actions, and lives. We acknowledge God’s radical, agape love for us, Jesus’ sacrificial act on our behalf and the forgiveness of our sin, and our reception of the Holy Spirit.

Servant Evangelism is sharing God’s love by simply serving others in practical ways. We do this by showing up in our communities and performing acts of kindness in order to create opportunities to show people they are loved by God, and by this church. 

PCC’s Servant Evangelism Team will strive to be present at all of our church’s events, to create new opportunities for relationships and evangelism, and to perform acts of kindness in our broader community — all in order to share the love and Gospel of Christ with others wherever we and they are. We are committed to being the bridge between this Church and the communities surrounding it. We will welcome all to Pasadena Community Church, a place that invites people to Believe, Belong, Become, and Be the Difference. 

This team plans and/or attends at least two events per month – one is external/off campus and the other is a PCC event.

External Events

The Servant Evangelism Team is striving to be out in the community – to be the hands and feet of Christ and to extend the love of God beyond the walls of the Church. 

We seek to be intentional in loving and serving our neighbors in the form of acts of kindness — so that people know that they are loved by God and by our Church.

If you have any information or things you would like our church to be lovingly present at, please contact Maddie Russo, Director of Evangelism and Community Engagement at maddier@pccumc.org or 727.381.2499 ext. 215

Internal Events

The Servant Evangelism Team invites others to, welcomes all, and participates in major events at Pasadena. Additionally, the Servant Evangelism Team may create and run an original event for the Church and Community.

“Justice is what love looks like in public”

Public Policy & Witness Team Update

Rev. David Williamson, Co-Chair

It is not surprising to hear about the church bearing witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ by feeding the hungry, housing the houseless, visiting those in prison, and providing disaster relief.

It is more complex, and perhaps surprising for some to hear about the church’s involvement with public policymakers (i.e. politicians) who possess the power to decide, in the words of the late American political scientist Dr. Harold Laswell, “Who gets what, when, how.” Is this an act of love for the church to be so politically engaged? READ MORE >

Basic Anti-Racism Training for Building Beloved Community

The Florida Conference Anti-racism Training and Accountability Team has designed this training to educate, support and develop leaders among Florida United Methodist clergy and laity to build beloved community wherever they live.
 
The goals for our training will be to:

  • Provide a basic approach for anti-oppression work in general and anti-racism work in particular that can be practiced every day
  • Provide practical process and content, to dismantle racism and other forms of oppression, while building beloved community where power differences are recognized, understood, appreciated and included.

As United Methodist followers of Jesus, we understand this work to be an expression of the personal and social healing ministry of Jesus’ church. Anti-oppression work and anti-racism in particular is the liberating and saving work of the gospel of Jesus. It is the work of being a disciple of Jesus. It is a gift and process of becoming the people God made us to be. It is an expression of God’s sanctifying grace for us and the world.
 
The training will be virtual using Zoom and will be held on Friday, May 13, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Arlinda Burks and Rev. David Williamson.

Questions? Contact Rev. David Williamson at david@gracestaugustine.org.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Heritage Month Celebrations

Intergenerational Month is generally celebrated during the month of September. But here at PCC, we’re focusing on it during the month of May. This is a global movement celebrating the many benefits of relationships between older adults and younger people. The idea is to be intentional and set aside time in the year to reflect on, create, foster, and celebrate intergenerational connections. 

What is Intergenerational Month?

This is a global movement celebrating the many benefits of relationships between older adults and younger people. Research has shown and identified the need to set aside a time each year to focus on intentionally connecting generations to better communicate age-related gratitude and needs.

“Intergenerational activities are social engagements and interactions, bringing together younger and older generations for a common purpose. They build on the strengths that different generations have to offer, nurture understanding and mutual respect, and challenge ageism. Both parties have the opportunity to give as well as receive, and to feel a sense of ownership and achievement. And it aims to put a smile on
everyone’s face.”

Here are some of the ways that the folks at Pasadena have already begun to live into this Heritage Month!

We had a group come cheer on the Preschoolers at their Spring Concert Rehearsal, and we have also been trying out a “Grandfriend” experience at the Preschool as well!

Here are some other ideas to get you thinking about how you can get involved this month and more, both at Pasadena and in your personal life!