Monday, January 5
Presbytery of Plains and Peaks
The Presbytery of Plains and Peaks comprises 39 congregations along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, the eastern plains of Colorado, and the panhandle of Nebraska.
In September 2013 much of the presbytery was under water as a result of days of heavy rain. Several churches sustained damage, ranging from wet carpets, leaking roofs, and parking lot damage to the complete flooding of the basement of Weldon Valley Presbyterian Church in Goodrich.
It didn’t take long before offers of help in the form of money and muscle began coming in. Members of Buckhorn Presbyterian set up a pulley system to transport food, gas, and other supplies across the swollen Cache de la Poudre to friends cut off by the raging river. Highlands Camp and Retreat Center became an emergency evacuation center even though it had also sustained flood damage. And of course Presbyterian Disaster Assistance was on the ground the following week to evaluate the situation. The crew visited as many of the affected churches as it could, even when it took three hours (normally a 40-minute drive) to get to Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, because most of the roads were washed away. In the summer, several of our churches served as host sites for PDA mission trips to our area to continue the recovery effort.
The presbytery is extremely grateful for all the support, especially prayers from our sister congregations across the nation. The Weldon Valley congregation celebrated the rededication of the church’s fellowship hall June 1, 2014. Commissioned Ruling Elder Jack Bell traveled all the way from Billings, Montana—almost 600 miles—to share in this special time. His congregation, First Presbyterian Church of Billings, was the first to contact me about where it could send money to help a sister congregation in need.
—Lynn A. Smit, stated clerk
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Gracious and loving God, we thank you for those who hear the call of need during times of disaster and reach out to their neighbors. May we who have been recipients of God’s grace remember to extend it to others. Amen.