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“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” —Ps. 51:10

Thursday, July 3

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The Presbytery of Chicago


Agape young adults at the Strawberry Field Memorial in Central Park Photo by Geraldine J. Parker


Agape young adults at the Strawberry Field Memorial in Central Park


Photo by Geraldine J. Parker


The Presbytery of Chicago supports two campus ministries providing a safe place for young adults to gather to learn, share, and grow in their faith journey: Agape, at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and University Christian Ministry, at Northwestern University in Evanston.

Ten students from Agape traveled to New York City to learn about the situation of refugees and immigrants. They attended workshops and visited the United Nations. For some, the highlight of the trip was a service project cleaning up a church in Coney Island destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. An elder from the congregation said the students had given them hope. One student said that the people in Coney Island had given her hope, as they helped each other despite poverty and disaster. Another trip participant summed up his reflections, saying, “What I’m taking away from this trip: the world is still spinning, and even at the worst, most terrible moments in life, there is always hope, always something to look forward to.”

University Christian Ministry is committed to the nurture and development of leaders that will change their worlds. Programs include worship, discussions, speakers from around the world, retreats, and mission trips. Over spring break each year, a group of students travels internationally to learn about social injustice, help with local projects, and build international friendships. In El Salvador they maintain a relationship with the 22 de Abril community in San Salvador. They have hosted several Salvadorans on their campus as part of their ongoing relationship.

The presbytery is home to 99 congregations and their 33,348 members.

Geraldine J. Parker, consultant for interpretation, Presbytery of Chicago

Let us join in prayer for:

Elder Molly Baskin, member, PMA Board
Rev. David Ezekiel, member, PMA Board

Presbytery Staff

Safiyyah Al-Amin, staff acct.
Rev. David Boumgarden, consultant, church development
Rev. Barbara Bundick, stated clerk
Linda Denberry, Volunteer in Mission (VIM), operations
Elder Loretta Gratias-Bremer, consultant, Safe Boundaries
Rev. Tassie Green, cong. transformation coordinator
Rev. Garnett Foster, consultant, empower ministries
Tom Frey, acct. consultant
Elder Peg Griffiths, VIM, interfaith solidarity coordinator
Rev. Eric Heinekamp, director, business affairs
Sarah Kropski, office services asst.
Laura Cathey, communications/resource center coordinator
Elder Juanita Holley, consultant, justice ministries
Elder Terry Jackson, VIM, resource ctr.
Rev. Jay Moses, VIM, Muslim relations coordinator
Elder Jacqueline Murray, scholarship coordinator
Earnestine Norwood, assist. to executive presbyter/office manager
Elder Gerry Parker, consultant, interpretation
Rev. Robert Reynolds, executive presbyter
Kitty Ridley, executive assistant
Rev. Samuel Akhtar, NCD pastor, South Asian Fellowship
Rev. Nanette Sawyer, pastor, Grace Commons
Rev. Matt Wrzeszcz, youth ministry coordinator

Young Adult Volunteers

Megan Schreurs, Clarissa Sents, and William Sheppard, community development interns, Chicago YAV site

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Jeffrey Lawrence, PMA

Let us pray

Loving God, thank you for providing communities in which we can learn and grow in our faith journey. Strengthen our commitment to build relationships across international boundaries as we work to change our world. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 143; 147:12-20
First Reading Numbers 23:11-26
Second Reading Romans 8:1-11
Gospel Reading Matthew 22:1-14
Evening Psalms 81; 116


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