Friday, July 11
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The Synod of Living Waters
Any given weekend you may find Sweaty Sheep founder and leader Ryan Althaus leading worship in a spin class, joining runners in prerace devotionals, or running a marathon. He and other “sweaty sheep” enjoy working up a sweat for their faith.
Sweaty Sheep is a PC(USA)-related organization within the Synod of Living Waters and affiliated with Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. It is a group of Christians who like to move. They may gather for kickball, train for a race together, or have Bible study following a local 5K race. They also participate in mission work together and raised $9,000 for victims of the Boston marathon bombing.
Founder Ryan Althaus is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and serves as organizer and worship leader along with Alex Becker. Runners themselves, they have found a niche ministry that meets a need for those who want to worship and experience community while staying active. Everyone from hard-core distance runners to walkers participate.
Sweaty Sheep is supported by grants from 1001 Worshiping Communities and Mid-Kentucky Presbytery.
The Synod of Living Waters is made up of almost 92,000 members of 688 congregations from 12 presbyteries across Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
—Janet Tuck, freelance writer and teaching elder, Presbytery of Middle Tennessee
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Terry Newland, synod executive
Carie Turner, financial administrator
Kendall Cox, director of education and personnel development, Living Waters for the World
Steve Young, executive director, Living Waters for the World
Jeff Wagner, operations director, Living Waters for the World
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Loving God, you soak us in your radiant love, enabling us to exude that love to your world. We pray that, as we run the race of faith, you would strengthen us in endurance, that we might serve those we encounter along the way. We thank you for your extravagant grace. Amen.