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“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matt. 25:35

Tuesday, January 14

Peace River Presbytery


Peace River Presbytery’s new organizational design is guided by the values of being missional, relational, and creating multiple learning communities centered in Christ. How does that relate to youth? While southwest Florida has a high percentage of retirees, the presbytery is committed to serving all the generations. Our new organizational design, the arrival of several new Christian educators, and the decision of one of our young adults to become an inquirer gives witness to that commitment—past and future.

In the spirit of our new organizational design, Jimmy Steele, new on staff at Chapel by the Sea in Fort Myers Beach, reached out to other congregations in the southern part of the presbytery and formed a network of Christian educators and youth leaders. That group collaborates monthly to pray and support each other’s ministries, and they bring their youth groups together at least once a month.

Clarisse Durnell, on staff at First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, and her colleagues in the northern part of Peace River are also working collaboratively to bring new and varied spiritual experiences to the young people in the area. They have worked together on such events as gleaning from local orange groves for Souper Bowl of Caring Service Saturday, cooperative Bible studies related to the Lord's Prayer, and recreational gatherings.

In May 2012 Peace River Presbytery welcomed Helen Halverson as an inquirer. As a youth, Helen was deeply involved in her congregation as well as Peace River’s Presbyterian Youth Connection. She went on to become comoderator of the Youth Advisory Delegates at the 216th General Assembly (2004).

New organizational scheme, new leadership, fresh inspiration from within—the time is right for Peace River Presbytery and its 38 congregations to focus on young people.

Rev. Graham Hart, general presbyter

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff
Rev. Graham Hart, general presbyter
Rev. Dr. Clinton Cottrell, stated clerk
Alan Penick, treasurer
Alesia Sharpe, office manager
William Setchel, financial secretary
Lori Doyal, administrative assistant

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Rev. Rebecca Barnes, PMA
David Barnhart, PMA
Deacon Andrew Kang Bartlett, PMA

Let us pray

Lord, we know you have a special place in your heart for the young. Please bless the efforts of this presbytery and of the entire church universal to guide them and raise them up to serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 42; 146
First Reading Genesis 3:1-24
Second Reading Hebrews 2:1-10
Gospel Reading John 1:19-28
Evening Psalms 102; 133

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