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“You give them something to eat.” Matt. 14:16

Thursday, July 17

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The Presbytery of Middle Tennessee

 

To kick off its young adult ministry, FPC of Nashville invited every young adult on its rolls to a dinner fellowship. Pictured here are Andrea Messer, Kelly Borchers, and Lauren Kaewert. Photo by Warner Durnell

 

To kick off its young adult ministry, FPC of Nashville invited every young adult on its rolls to a dinner fellowship. Pictured here are Andrea Messer, Kelly Borchers, and Lauren Kaewert.

 

Photo by Warner Durnell

 

After decades of investment in youth ministry, First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Nashville launched a young adult ministry in 2012 with the calling of an associate pastor for young adult ministry. FPC seeks to encourage young adult spiritual development, biblical literacy, worship attendance, and mission service. Recognizing that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all ministry with this population, FPC has responded by offering four different Sunday school classes, several Bible studies, special mission trips, dinner fellowships, service events, and a contemporary Sunday evening service. Even as FPC strives to keep pace with young adults’ rapidly changing lives, two constants have emerged: the hunger of young adults for adult spiritual mentors and the conviction of the congregation that young adults are dynamic contributors to FPC.

The mission partnership between the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee and the Presbiterio Q’eqchi’ Peten of the Iglesia Evangélica Nacional Presbiteriana de Guatemala (IENPG) observed its 10th anniversary in February 2013 with the dedication ceremony for the sanctuary of the new River of Living Waters Church in Sayaxche’, Guatemala. A team of 13 persons from the presbytery joined six pastors and over 300 members from seven IENPG congregations in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, worship service, and barbecue feast that will long be remembered.

The presbytery is home to 87 congregations, two new church developments, and NaCoMe Camp and Conference Center.

Warner Durnell, executive presbyter

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Warner R. Durnell, executive presbyter
Therese Howell, stated clerk
Barbara Howell, hunger action enabler
Linda Griffis, administative assistant

Young Adult Volunteers

Alasia Brown, Anthony “T. J.” Piccolo, and Emily Warren, community development interns, Nashville YAV site

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Rev. David Loleng, PMA
Elder Lisa Longo, FDN
Patricia Longfellow, PMA

Let us pray

Loving God, glad are we to reach out with good news to disciples and would-be disciples around the corner and around the world. Inspire us to venture into new places of witness and service, all in obedience to Jesus Christ. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 97; 147:12-20
First Reading Joshua 3:14-4:7
Second Reading Romans 12:1-8
Gospel Reading Matthew 26:1-16
Evening Psalms 16; 62

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