“… love builds up.”
I Corinthians 8:1
Why “Love Builds Up?”
Myers Park Presbyterian has long heard God’s call to grow in faith, to go and make disciples and to experience God at work – mending brokenness in the world and within us through service and mission. Through partnerships in Charlotte and around the world we respond to Jesus’ invitation to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. Outreach helps us fall in love with God’s world and God’s people.
One of the clearest ways we live out our calling as disciples is by responding to Jesus’ invitation, his mandate, given in John 13: 34-35 “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
In the early church as the community struggled to understand how best to live out their lives as followers of Jesus, Paul reminds them in the midst of a dispute that “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (I Corinthians 8:1).
So with the Biblical mandate to live out a life of sacrificial love and appreciating Myers Park legacy of both service to and growth as a community, our efforts can be characterized and guided by Love Builds Up… a Child, a Home, a Neighborhood, and the World.
Love Builds Up a Child
A recent study from Harvard shocked our city when it showed that upward mobility for children living in poverty is more difficult in Charlotte than any of the country’s 50 largest cities. By the time children from low income families enter kindergarten, they are typically 12-24 months below national norms in language and pre-reading skills and by age three, economically disadvantaged children have been exposed to 30 million fewer words than other children. We at Myers Park Presbyterian Church know that this is not how life should be for our most precious gift from God- our children. Working through partners like A Child’s place, The Learning Collaborative, Loaves and Fishes, Charlotte Family Housing, Charlotte Bilingual Preschool and others, we will join in the work of building up our children, equipping them with what they need to grow and thrive.
Love Builds Up a Home
On any given night there are approximately 2,014 people, including those in families, experiencing homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County. 1 in 380 people in Charlotte are homeless. Myers Park Presbyterian Church has long been engaged in helping to make a difference by providing support, relief and assistance to those seeking shelter and a new beginning. We partner with Crisis Assistance Ministry, the Men’s Shelter, Hope Haven, Urban Ministry Center and others to help families reunite and look toward a brighter future.
Love Builds Up a Neighborhood.
Through the CrossRoads Corporation, Myers Park Presbyterian Church has been ministering in Grier Heights with the hope that the community will be transformed residentially and economically, and the quality of life of its residents dramatically improved. We strive for equality in relationships between Myers Park and Grier Heights residents. By working together, we seek to strengthen our common bonds and shared faith. This dynamic ministry has connected our church to Billingsville Leadership Academy, A.G. Middle school (Bulldogs Matter), Freedom Schools, Joyful Noise, Urban Eagles and more.
Love Builds up a World
Myers Park Presbyterian Church has a vibrant Global ministry in five countries. This diverse ministry invites us to establish girl’s schools in the Congo, support churches in Malawi, Hungary and Cuba, to build homes in El Salvador with Habitat, and foster special relationships in El Salvador through World Vision. Our ministry joins with PCUSA initiatives to educate one million children by 2020- a bold goal!
As we work together in ministry, joyfully and faithfully serving God’s world we discover that Love Builds Up all that we do and all who we are.
Come and join this work and fall in love with God’s world.
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