Friday, January 30
Connect. Grow. Serve. These three words sum up the mission of Cherokee Presbyterian Church in Gilbert.
Whether volunteering at the local food pantry or helping provide clean water for villages in Africa, this small, energetic congregation is faithful in discerning and answering God’s call to compassionate service.
Even before chartering in 2011, folks at Cherokee began partnering with local organizations to identify and respond to community needs. They continue to share Christ’s love by providing backpacks of healthy food to underprivileged school children, repairing homes for the elderly, and preparing Christmas dinner and distributing gifts for needy families.
Recently, the congregation spearheaded a fundraising campaign to purchase a heating and air-conditioning unit for a cottage at Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton. The cottage has been vacant for several years due to lack of repair funds. Many of the 61 congregations and two new church developments in Trinity Presbytery have come alongside to help.
Groups have traveled to Puerto Rico to paint school buildings, to Nashville for service projects, and to Oklahoma last summer to participate in a work camp repairing homes. These mission groups are eager to connect with other disciples and willing to go wherever they see God’s hand at work.
Congregation members who cannot physically participate provide financial support—and lots of prayer.
Cherokee Presbyterian Church is one of 62 congregations in Trinity Presbytery.
—Elder Lisa S. Mallory, outdoor ministries staff, Trinity Presbytery
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Alice Ridgill, member, PMA Board
Rev. Dr. Danny C. Murphy, general presbyter
CRE Jim Rowell, stated clerk
Elder Ed Young, treasurer
Elder Margaret M. Harris, administrative assistant
Elder Louise S. Carter, financial administrator
Elder Lisa S. Mallory, receptionist and registrar, outdoor ministries division
Rev. Kevin Cartee, executive director of outdoor ministries
Emily Kienker, assistant director for fellowship, camp and conference ministries, and church relations
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Thank you, Father, for those you have anointed to bring good news (“You have clean water to drink now!”) and to proclaim freedom (“Let go of your worry; we’re here to help!”) and recovery of sight (“Look, there is hope for the future!”). Praise be to you, our God! Amen.