Monday, July 14
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At the beginning of the 20th century, missionaries from the United Presbyterian Church of North America arrived in Greene County in East Tennessee. They discovered that there were not only no Presbyterian churches but no schools for the children. The call went out for teachers willing to relocate to the rural mountain region. The Home Mission Board established several schools, including boarding schools at Camp Creek and Cedar Creek. These schools provided an education for the children until the Greene County Board of Education took over the schools in the 1930s.
This commitment to mission continues today at Cedar Creek Presbyterian Church in the work of the Cedar Creek Mission Center. The center’s mission is to provide an opportunity for youth and young adults to do mission work with the mountain people of East Tennessee. Work teams from many different denominations and states assist the elderly and poor with home repair and improvement projects. The groups also assist smaller congregations with vacation Bible school and other community activities. Work teams arrived recently to assist families whose homes were damaged by a deadly tornado.
The spirit of mission that began over 100 years ago continues today through Cedar Creek Mission Center.
Cedar Creek Presbyterian Church is one of 67 congregations in Holston Presbytery.
—Harrell L. Cobb, pastor, Cedar Creek Presbyterian Church, Greeneville
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Dr. Richard L. Fifield, executive presbyter/stated clerk
Kimberley D. Fifield, financial manager and treasurer
Craig Bell, director, Holston Presbytery Camp and Retreat Center
Andrea Sutter, director, Campus Ministry House
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Eternal God, we thank you for the heritage of a spirit of mission that continues today in the work of the Cedar Creek Mission Center. We thank you also for the work of the mission teams who continue to assist the elderly and poor in the mountains of East Tennessee in the name of Jesus. Amen.