Thursday, January 29
Presbytery of Tampa Bay
Ministries of compassionate and prophetic discipleship are thriving across newly created geographic missional regions in the Presbytery of Tampa Bay.
In the west region, every Thursday evening the men’s group of Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clearwater, along with dedicated volunteers, hosts Peace Cafe. Together, they provide a full meal and snacks for approximately 100 hungry (and often homeless) neighbors. And on cold winter evenings, cafe volunteers go to work, transforming the adjoining church building into an overnight shelter that provides a warm place to sleep after a hot meal.
In the Hillsborough region, compassionate and prophetic discipleship is lived out alongside migrant workers through the Beth-El Farmworker Ministry in Wimauma. These field laborers work long hours to be paid pennies per heavy bucket of produce harvested. Lacking alternatives and unable to seek legal aid because of their immigration status, migrant workers continue to toil in unjust conditions. Beth-El sponsors a variety of initiatives that help farmworkers achieve self-sufficiency, including education, Spanish-language worship, and services that meet basic needs.
In our east region, First Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven embodies Christ’s directive in Matthew 25 to feed the hungry. For over 20 years, it has provided bag lunches to more than 50 people every day, and 10 years ago the congregation added a Saturday soup kitchen that feeds 75–100 people each week. Compassionate and prophetic discipleship abounds in this ministry that directly addresses the needs of its urban neighborhood while engaging the entire congregation in hands-on service to others.
The Presbytery of Tampa Bay is home to 70 congregations.
—Rev. Dr. Charles Perrine, interim executive presbyter
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of compassion, may your love be seen in us as we journey in this place and with your people. May we welcome all who come our way. Amen.