Districts Prepare Teams for JFON-a-Thon


Whether you prefer to walk or run, consider joining a district team and participate in one of the upcoming fall marathons to raise money for immigration-related legal support via Justice For Our Neighbors. The Moody Memorial Permanent Endowment Fund is offering a $100,000 matching grant, so who’s “in”?


Fun Fact: When France gave the Statue of Liberty to the United States in 1884, the United States had to raise the money for the pedestal on which she stands! “Give me your tired, your poor, your hungry; your huddled masses yearning to be free” are the words authored by Emma Lazarus which are inscribed on a plaque at the base of the Statue.


Notes project coordinator Leah Taylor, “It seems uniquely appropriate that this beacon of hope and symbol of liberty and justice for the United States started with a matching gift, just like our work to raise money for JFON.”


So, the race is on...to do something healthy and provide funding for the growing need to help neighbors with immigration legal services through Texas Annual Conference JFON Clinics starting in Houston and Tyler. “We are challenging each district to put a team of 12 or more together to raise $12,000 to support these much-needed consultation clinics,” says Rev. Diane McGehee, director of the Center for Missional Excellence. According to Diane, these clinics are hosted by local United Methodist churches across the conference -- and nation -- to help immigrants reunite their families, secure immigration status, and enjoy the right to work.



It’s time to recruit team members, register with either of these fall races and start training – and fundraising. Team members can participate in either race or both—or can substitute a different race!


October 12-13/Tyler: On Saturday, The Tyler Rose 5k and Kids’ 50-Yard Dash will take place as well as a ¼-mile run and ¾-mile run. Sunday offers the Tyler Rose half and full marathons.



November 2 – Pearland: The PARC Monster Dash November 2 @ 7:30 a.m. in Pearland has a 1K walk, and 5K and 10K run. This event also offers a 1K run for the kids and a costume contest.


Getting Started

Leah recently issued the challenge to District Superintendents to “rally the clergy in your district and ask them to challenge as many lay people as they can from each of their churches to participate.” Adds Leah, “Ask your District Leadership Team to form a team amongst themselves and put all the information on your District website, with me as the contact person (tayleah@comcast.net).”


The idea is that every person who participates will have their own website where contributions can be made and stats can be checked. Each participant’s website can be linked to the District website so the pledge challenge can begin. Adds Leah, “If she is in town, Bishop Huie will plan to participate. Which District will claim her? I’m putting my bid in now for Southwest – just saying!”