Wednesday, July 16
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The Presbytery of the Mid-South
Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri
“We might be a small church, but we can do something!” said Audrey Toombs of Grace Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Looking for a way to minister to the community, the congregation took a compilation of ideas from the presbytery and started More Than a Meal (MTaM). Now, people from Dyersburg receive a hot meal, some good conversation, and prayer, along with help applying for food stamps, processing a job application, or obtaining state photo IDs, driver’s licenses, birth certificates, or other important documents.
The local missions are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, so Grace provides hearty meals and traditional feasts at holiday times. More Than a Meal has grown to six meals a year, with a goal of serving every month. The whole congregation gets involved in serving this multicultural group of 75–100 people, but the young adults especially take ownership. Serving, cooking, handing out toiletry kits, delivering meals to people with no transportation, and entering into meaningful conversation immerses young people in the gritty details of basic ministry. By being intimately involved with their guests, they not only care for others but become more thankful for the simple blessings in their own lives.
“The program is a great success! We have assisted more people than we ever imagined,” says Toombs. “One of the larger Dyersburg churches saw in the paper that we started MTaM, and now they’re serving, too. We hope that other churches will join in so that people will have food every weekend. This ministry is making a difference for our church members and for the community.”
The Presbytery of the Mid-South serves 44 congregations.
—Lucy Cummings, associate executive presbyter
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Clarence V. “Bo” Scarborough, interim executive presbyter
Rev. Dave Schieber, stated clerk
Rev. Julie Bailey, campus ministries
Audrey Toombs, office administrator
Lucy Cummings, outdoor ministries and recreation
Carmen Simmons, resident manager, Pinecrest Conference and Retreat Center
Nelle Kennon, hospitality and food service director, Pinecrest Conference and Retreat Center
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of all peoples, you have given us plenty. Help us minister to the needs of others. We know that, by your grace, in giving we receive a hundredfold. You are the great provider. Amen.