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“The one who calls you is faithful.” —1 Thess. 5:24

Thursday, January 22

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Presbytery of New Harmony

South Carolina

Fraser Memorial’s former pastor Christopher Scott after standing up the new community garden sign Photo by Carol Clayton-Treadway

 

Fraser Memorial’s former pastor Christopher Scott after standing up the new community garden sign

 

Photo by Carol Clayton-Treadway

 

W henever I drive past here, I see all that grass you have to mow. Have you ever thought of having a community garden?” That was the prophetic question another pastor asked me during the Presbytery of New Harmony’s Sumter Cluster 2013 Lenten lunch series. It sparked a time of prayerful discernment for 25-member Fraser Memorial Presbyterian Church in Sumter, one of 70 congregations in our presbytery.

It wasn’t long before I presented the idea to the faithful folks at the Wednesday-evening devotion and prayer group. Present that night was a member who had recently returned to the area. Carol just happened to be working toward her Master Gardener certification, and the idea of a community garden lit a fire inside her heart.

The idea was soon shared with the session and then the entire congregation. Not quite sure what this might look like or mean, the Fraser family began designating some of our offerings to support the garden project. The Seeds of Faith Community Garden began taking shape. And by the winter of 2013, initial plans were in place to prepare raised-bed garden plots for the 2014 growing season and to begin receiving applications for growers.

Our congregation’s hope is that the garden can be a source of fresh vegetables for families, their only cost being sweat. Our vision also includes classes on gardening, nutrition, and cooking and preserving vegetables.

Rev. Christopher Scott, former pastor, Fraser Memorial Presbyterian Church, Sumter

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Teaching Elder Bruce E. Ford, executive presbyter and stated clerk
Ruling Elder Julie L. Cox, associate executive presbyter and associate stated clerk
Netanyia G. Samuel , secretary/receptionist
Linda M. Borgman , office administrator
Elise H. Walker, financial administrator
Jason Steen, facilities director, Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
Kelly Boone Sloan, program director, Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
Mike Smith, maintenance staff, Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
Bonnie Lewis, barn manager, Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Herbert Beverly, OGA
Lisa Biamonte, PMA
Teresa Bidart, PMA

Let us pray

Almighty God, we thank you for the resources of land and spiritual gifts and talents. Transform Seeds of Faith into a source of fresh vegetables, and grow Fraser Memorial as a food education center for the entire community. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 36; 147:12-20
First Reading Isaiah 45:5-17
Second Reading Ephesians 5:15-33
Gospel Reading Mark 4:21-34
Evening Psalms 80; 27

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