First Presbyterian Church Omaha is a Matthew 25 Church
“Matthew 25” is an initiative of the Presbyterian Church (USA) that encourages congregations to take on Jesus’ calling from Matthew 25 in the Bible’s New Testament:
I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me. – Matthew 25:40 (NLT)
What is a Matthew 25 Church?
Matthew 25:31-46 calls all believers to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. A Matthew 25 church is called to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor. Churches work toward one or more of three goals: building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty.
What does a Matthew 25 church look like when…?
…Building Congregational Vitality?
A Matthew 25 church that strives for congregational vitality is active and deeply involved in the mission of God in their community and the world. The church is powerfully focused on growing as disciples in the way of Jesus Christ.
…Dismantling Structural Racism?
A Matthew 25 church addresses structural racism by actively working with policymakers to change laws and policies that promote housing discrimination, deny access to quality education, employment, adequate health care, food scarcity, mass incarceration, school-to-prison pipeline and environmental racism.
…Working to Eradicate Systemic Poverty?
A Matthew 25 church becomes aware and works to eradicate structures in society that all but guarantees that people living in poverty will stay that way. Systemic poverty refers to the economic exploitation of people who are poor through laws, policies, practices and systems that perpetuate the impoverished status.
Matthew 25 Hand Up Mission
The Matthew 25 Hand Up Mission will complete two fundraising events this year. The funds raised will be used to address housing insecurities experienced by our neighbors in the Omaha Community. We have identified three agencies who align with our goal to help youth and families who deal with these issues. With your help, 100% of the funds raised will support the work of:
Open Door Mission’s Lydia House
- The Lydia House offers emergency safe shelter for women and families in need of immediate assistance. Resource Case Management is available and provides the first steps towards preventing future homelessness.
- Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Poverty through Rescue, Rebuild & Restore
Youth Emergency Services
- Youth Emergency Services’ mission is to serve youth who are experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness by providing critically needed resources including:
- Emergency Shelter (family-style living for male and female youth ages 16-20)
- Transitional Living (long-term housing for youth ages 16-21)
- Maternity Group Home (young women ages 16-21)
- Rapid Rehousing (youth ages 18-24 live in their own apartments, and YES subsidizes their rent)
We hope you can support the Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Mission by participating and donating to one or both of the following fundraisers:
Hand Up for Housing Walk, a community-wide effort where walkers seek sponsors and join a walk-a-thon on October 3, 2021.
Pick-A-Party involves members, family and friends of First Presbyterian Church Omaha where volunteers host “parties” that leverage their unique interests, talents and skills.
Please click below for further details on each of the events and to donate.
Donations to Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk are tax-deductible. Matthew 25 Hand Up Mission’s federal tax identification number is #47-0376543. Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Mission is a community endeavor to provide awareness for housing needs, assist with housing rent, promote advocacy and seek equitable housing for those in need.
Did you Know…
Housing Facts in the Omaha Community
- One in 5 households make less than $25,000 per year
- 50% of local renters spend more than 1/3 of their income on housing
- The average cost of a 1-bedroom apartment is $665 per month. A renter needs to hold a full time $14 an hour job to pay rental costs
- A residence is considered overcrowded if there is more than one person per room in the home
- Approximately 2,000 individuals find themselves homeless every night