Saturday, August 1
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Presbytery of St. Andrew
From the rolling hills of the northeast to the Mississippi delta cotton fields in the west, Presbyterians in northern Mississippi continue to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through the ministries of their 61 congregations as well as the ministries and programs of the presbytery.
Partnerships with the Synod of Living Waters and Living Waters for the World (for which our presbytery provides administrative services through the program St. Andrew Services) and with the Presbytery of the Mid-South (with which we have “traded” some of my time for time of one of its program staff) have reinvigorated our presbytery’s mission in recent years. The increased income has enabled us to significantly expand our budgets for campus ministry and general mission, a remarkable feat considering that membership has declined slightly and income from Mission Partnership Funds is no more.
One of the most exciting results is an emerging partnership between our evangelism and church development committee, our commission on ministry, and several congregations to develop a viable Presbyterian health ministry in the Mississippi delta. The region, largely within presbytery bounds, is marked by extreme poverty and has some of our nation’s highest rates of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions.
We’re definitely learning to think outside the box in St. Andrew and are discovering new ways to more actively and faithfully participate in God’s mission in our unique cultural and socioeconomic context.
—Gregory A. Goodwiller, executive presbyter and stated clerk, Presbytery of St. Andrew
Let us join in prayer for:
Gregory A. Goodwiller, executive presbyter and stated clerk
Allyson Ashmore, director, Hopewell Camp and Conference Center
Darren Ashmore, site director, Hopewell Camp and Conference Center
Loretta Morris, food services manager, Hopewell Camp and Conference Center
Howard Dudley, staff associate for campus ministry
Ellen Kellum, office manager
Kim Nix, financial administrator
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Almighty God, grant us eyes to see our world as you would have it. And use our hearts, our minds, and our hands to bring us one step closer to that world today. Amen.
I think St Andrew Py and Veto Presbyterian Church in Vincent, Ohio 45784 were 'paired" in late 1970s and exchanged pastors and mission teams. I was Parish pastor then and Tom O'Connor Veto Parish. Tom in now with Beverly OH and I retired and a resident in Wauseon OH 43567 independent living. God bless St Andrew and the health ministry. I led several Health Fairs in SE Ohio. We gathered stats and info which led to a new Med School at Ohio Univ, Athens OH. OU was started by a Pres. Pastor in what was my county parish in 1835. I have donated my body to OU Med School when my life journey is over. - JIM SHOTWELL SR