University Community Presbyterian Church in Fairbanks, Alaska, became a Matthew 25 church in January of this year. It was an easy decision because we were already doing much of the work already. We are a fully racially integrated church with a strong community outreach ministry. The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop our Spirit; we simply adapted.
We turned our empty building into a staging area where families came in to build hygiene kits for the local food bank to distribute within the community. Our church sewed adult- and child-size masks for each kit. We packed unique kits for women, men and children.
Each kit consisted of items such as soap, shampoo, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene products and most importantly a prayer from us and God’s love. We are excited to be a part of the PC(USA)’s Matthew 25 initiative deep in the heart of Alaska.