Wednesday, April 8
Presbytery of Lackawanna
"Feeding the Need; Planting the Seed!” is the catchy slogan of First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale’s Abraham House, and the words inspire a service-faith connection that draws the congregation into the heart of this northeastern Pennsylvania community.
Abraham House opened in September 2010 after the Honesdale congregation purchased the vacant Seelyville Union Chapel nearby for the purpose of providing clothing, food, and fellowship to anyone experiencing financial strain or social need. Guests shop for free clothing during open hours and are invited to a brief worship service followed by a family dinner each Thursday night. Church volunteers serve and dine with 20–40 guests each week and are aided by helpers and donations from throughout the area.
Abraham House was born of a commitment to share the good news with the surrounding community. Volunteers enjoy opportunities to build relationships with guests and to encourage them to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Each week’s simple Bible message is supported with devotional handouts and by the willingness of workers to join their guests in prayer. Pastor Michael Lyle describes the ecumenical outreach program as a challenge “to reach beyond our walls and love people where they are.”
First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale is one of 51 congregations in the Presbytery of Lackawanna working to meet that challenge and to plant seeds in northeastern Pennsylvania.
—Margaret Zeigler, administrative coordinator, Presbytery of Lackawanna
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
When we feed your people, Lord, your Spirit feeds us all. When we clothe them, we wear your good news as a message of hope and love. Bless your servants as we offer ourselves to care for our neighbors in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.