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“The Spirit helps us in our weakness.” Rom. 8:26

Thursday, January 9

The Presbytery of Greater Atlanta

Georgia

The Presbytery of Greater Atlanta has a myriad of young adults serving and leading mission efforts all over the nation and world. This year we highlight two young women who serve God through the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Program.

Sarah Osborne, member of North Decatur Presbyterian Church, served as a YAV during the 2012–13 term at the Cascabel site 75 miles east of Tucson in Arizona’s scenic San Pedro Valley. Sarah writes about the community on her blog: “Cascabel is a funky little nugget of a community. Peoples’ backgrounds are varied, political and social viewpoints are diverse, and yet everyone still participates in this intentional community . . . [marked by] simple living, low impact on the environment, little technology, and lots of space to breathe.”

Osborne’s placement gave her the opportunity to experience and explore the life of rural community farmers and ranchers who advocate for sustainable food production and land conservation. During Osborne’s year of service, she cultivated the land with volunteers and landowners, harvested and sold crops at the weekly farmers’ market, and facilitated the Cascabel fall festival market and annual Christmas fair.

Sarah Paulsen, member of Central Presbyterian Church, is serving in Northern Ireland with the 2013–14 YAV cohort. She is partnered with Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian Church in north Belfast and also serves at the Vine Centre in a low-income neighborhood nearby, where she tutors in after-school programs, works with senior citizens, and teaches beginning computer classes. Paulsen is working to cultivate friendships and understanding between those from both sides of the conflict by involving young people in peacemaking events and cross-community activities.

Central and North Decatur are two of the presbytery’s 101 congregations.

—Neema Cyrus-Franklin, former director of communications, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff
Rev. Chip Blankinship, director of operations and congregational consultant
Rev. Joy Fisher, congregational consultant
Paul Fogg, executive director, Calvin Center
Gwen Hairston, financial support specialist
Rev. Penny Hill, executive presbyter
Cassandra Morrow, congregational consultant
Rev. Donna E. Wells, stated clerk

Young Adult Volunteers
Sophie Beal, Justin Chambers, Daniel Edmonds, Rachel Huggins, and Ian Nance, community development interns, Atlanta YAV site

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Charles Austin, FDN
Michelle Avery, PMA
Yesenia Ayala, PMA

Let us pray

Gracious God, thank you for igniting the fire that burns within those who serve you. As you have called us out to model your love and infinite possibility, bless us to stay the course as you shape us. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 46 or 47; 147:12-20
First Reading Isaiah 45:14-19
Second Reading Colossians 1:24-2:7
Gospel Reading John 8:12-19
Eve of Baptism of the Lord Reading Isaiah 61:1-9
Eve of Baptism of the Lord Reading Galatians 3:23-29; 4:4-7
Evening Psalms 27; 93 or 114

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