Responding to the Murder of George Floyd
A Word from the Jubilee Elders
We are deeply grieved by the horrific and needless taking of George Floyd’s life, and the incredible pain reverberating throughout our community.
We are overwhelmed by the destruction on our streets, with mile upon mile of essential businesses including many small and minority-owned businesses smashed through and set on fire and looted and the mayhem and fear our neighbors have endured.
Most of all, we are burdened by the palpable and pervasive sense of hopelessness.
As our church, leaders, families, and community process this grief, please join us in crying out to God for:
- The restraint of evil.
- Peace in our hearts and our city.
- Wisdom for civic and church leaders.
- For the church to be a faithful witness in these tumultuous days.
- For that day when God our Father will wipe away every tear from his children’s eyes and when death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore as he makes all things new (Rev 21:4–5).
Jeremiah 8 laments, “You who are my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me. Listen to the cry of my people: ‘Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King no longer there?’ Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?'”
We know there is a Comforter; there is a Physician; there is a balm in Gilead. His name is Jesus. Please join us in praying for justice and the healing of our people and city.
In the Peace of Christ,
Below are a few highlighted resources, recommended by Jubilee staff.
How can we help rebuild the Cities?
Volunteer to clean up the city: Support the Cities is an initiative led by CityJoy (previously Bethlehem Ministry Initiatives), a subsidiary of Bethlehem Baptist Church. They have been organizing clean-ups and food drives. See their Facebook page for ways to volunteer or donate, or check out their website.
Donate towards provision of food: Jericho Road Ministries is a relief and development ministry that serves out of our Jubilee church building. Their food shelf will be incredibly important in the days ahead, with grocery stores destroyed in our neighborhood. Click here to donate.
Donate towards the rebuilding of businesses: We Love Lake Street is an initiative is led by the Lake Street Council (501c3), and they will donate 100% of funds to help rebuild Lake Street, starting with direct support to small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve our neighborhoods.
Serve your Neighborhood: Look for ways to serve the neighbors in your community. What initiatives are your neighbors starting? What is your Neighborhood Association planning? What businesses near you could use help? What are the needs of your neighbors? Think creatively how to serve those around you and let the rest of the Jubilee family know how we can partner with you. Feel free to share your ideas or need for help with others in the Jubilee Family.