Wednesday, January 14
Charleston Atlantic Presbytery
For residents of our local school district, computers and Internet access are prized commodities. Even among families that own a home computer, Internet access is limited, and among the five small towns that make up the district, libraries offer fewer than 10 computers for public use. In a technologically driven world, district residents are often sidelined in their ability to complete computer-based school assignments, participate in Internet GED programs, and apply for jobs online. As a result, the cycle of poverty continues.
In 2013, a grant from the presbytery’s Self-Development of People committee allowed CORE (Community Organization for Rights and Empowerment) to refurbish and reopen computer labs in the community. CORE’s computer literacy center maintains open hours for drop-in use and offers basic computer classes on email, word processing, spreadsheets, and publishing. Graduates often volunteer as classroom assistants, sharing their newfound expertise.
The leaders of CORE recognize the power of computer literacy to boost confidence, strengthen connections within and beyond the community, enhance education and employment, and, ultimately, restore hope and prosperity to a people in despair.
Charleston Atlantic Presbytery’s 48 congregations are proud to stand in solidarity with these friends and neighbors to be a prophetic witness of renewed hope.
Kristin Beckstrom Widrich, associate pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Moncks Corner
Let us join in prayer for:
Donnie R. Woods, executive presbyter /associate stated clerk
Deane A. Kemper, stated clerk
Jessie A.“Pie” Mikell , associate for congregational nurture
John H. “Jay” Jackson, business manager
Michael L. Fitze, new church development and church transformation consultant
Eric Doss, director of communications
Chris Sarkowski, director of youth ministry
Margaret Mitchell-Rivers, treasurer
Barbara A. Burger, director of administration
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Lord, we are grateful that you come among us speaking good news to the poor. We pray for the residents of Orangeburg County Consolidated School District Three and the work of CORE. Guide and equip the presbytery’s congregations to continue to serve brothers and sisters in need. For the glory of God. Amen.