Friday, February 15
The Presbytery of Arkansas
Hunger relief is a focus of the Presbytery of Arkansas. The Gretta Lane Mission, an outreach of Barr Memorial Presbyterian in west Arkansas, each week distributes food to 140–220 families living in a community with no grocery store or gas station and a county where 17.7 percent of residents have incomes below the poverty level. In eastern Arkansas, Graham Memorial Presbyterian of Forrest City, after participating in Arkansas Rice Depot’s Food for Kids program, began a weekly soup kitchen that now serves 800 meals monthly to hungry residents of St. Francis County. In central Arkansas, Stewpot, housed at Little Rock’s First Presbyterian and staffed by volunteers from area congregations, has since 1978 served 125–175 meals each weekday to homeless individuals and families.
The presbytery has designated hunger relief as its unified mission emphasis, channeling large percentages of undesignated mission funds to projects such as those above and, statewide, to the faith-based Arkansas Rice Depot. The presbytery also partners in a project at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in which volunteers, working with Stop Hunger Now, assemble 10,000 prepackaged, long-shelf-life meals to be distributed through schools in underdeveloped nations.
In addition to Ferncliff, which also serves as a PDA Center and a site for Solar Under the Sun training programs, Lyon College and the University of the Ozarks are located within the presbytery, as are the offices of Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home and Family Services and the Laurence Schmidt Center for Pastoral Care. The presbytery is home to 14,315 members of 87 congregations, one Hispanic new church development, one Korean fellowship, and one Laotian fellowship.
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Dr. William F. Galbraith, general presbyter
Rev. Cathy Ulrich, stated clerk
NiAnn Thompson, resourcing center director and assistant stated clerk
Sherée Niece, moderator of presbytery
Rev. Dr. David Dyer, moderator of General Committee
Kenneth Rich, director of mission support
Rev. Jesse González, presbytery evangelist
Rev. Michael Vinson, vital congregations
Rev. David Gill, director of Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center
Let us pray
Generous God, thank you for daily bread to share, for the hunger for justice and righteousness among all people, and for the first-received love that calls forth response in the humble power of Christ. Amen.