Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5. As I did last year, I will forgo one meal per week and donate the cost of that meal to a special project: the North Texas Conference ZIP Code Project. At the 2013 session of the North Texas Annual Conference, I encouraged the lay and clergy members to invite 10,000 United Methodists in North Texas to join them in this spiritual discipline.
Work has begun on the ZIP Code Project to eradicate poverty by 2025 in two ZIP codes within the conference: 75426 and 75215. (To see a full report of this project, or to see how your gifts to the Zip Code Project might be used, you may visit the http://www.ntcumc.org web site and open the links.)
Here is my challenge to you, the United Methodists in North Texas:
- Give up one meal a week during Lent. During that meal time, pray for your church and this missional project of the NTC and/or engage in a Bible study.
- Give to the NTC ZIP Code Project through your local church, using the funds that would have been spent on those meals given up.
Make your check payable to your local church and add ZIP Code Project in the memo line.
Each Lent, I am asked the question of what I will give up for Lent. This year, the spiritual discipline of giving up a meal will provide funds for one of the most exciting missional projects. I sense that God is moving within many persons’ hearts about this missional endeavor.
Thank you for your commitment and faithfulness to the Gospel.
Bishop Michael McKee
Bishop of The North Texas Conference
The United Methodist Church