Moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, The United Methodist Church honors the dignity of every individual made in God’s image and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice. Through the Peace with Justice Sunday offering, the people of The United Methodist Church are able to make a difference together by sowing seeds—and yielding fruit!—of peace.
Half of our offering supports Peace with Justice Grants beyond our local church, at the Conference and Global level of the United Methodist Church.
The remaining half of our offering supports the peace and justice work of Austin Region of Justice for Our Neighbors (ARJFON). Justice for Our Neighbors is a United Methodist-affiliated immigration ministry that provides free or low-cost legal advice and services.
Each year, Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) offers hope and transforms the lives of thousands of low-income immigrants from around the world. In three years of operation ARJFON has helped families from all over the world, and has a special emphasis on representation of undocumented minors. Brooks Schuelke, one of the founders of ARJFON, FUMC member and current ARJFON Board member, writes, “One of the reasons I like JFON is that it fundamentally changes clients’ lives. When we’re able to help, it is not short-term help—it is life-long help. Women and children escape abusive situations; clients become employable and can become self-sustaining; clients can get the education that they wanted. These are life-changing results that occur because of the hospitality and good news offered by the United Methodist Church.”
Monetary donations for Peace with Justice may be left at our communion rail or sent to or brought by the church office during the month of June.