Saturday, July 19
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North Alabama Presbytery
Recently, John Hay, a young employee of the tax assessor’s office, was on a business call in rural northeast Madison County when he spied New Market Presbyterian Church. Looking up the congregation’s web page, he found the words, “We invite you to join us in warm, simple, Christ-filled worship that has fortified hearts and souls for generations.” The next Sunday, John brought his mother, father, and sister to worship in the congregation’s historic building. The Hays’ experience reflects New Market’s blending of old and new in order to serve young adults and the local retirement community, the young at heart.
Built in 1888, New Market Church is a historic landmark reflecting the sturdy values of our ancestors in the faith and offering a powerful appeal to young adults. Though many do not currently worship with the congregation, they nevertheless remain “friends of the family,” bound together by social media. From New York to California, from Wisconsin to Florida, from Kazakhstan to Kokomo, more than 80 friends receive New Market’s e-newsletter and regularly check its Facebook page.
As one of the 29 congregations of North Alabama Presbytery, New Market is helping young adults to know that, wherever they are and whatever they are doing, they are part of a community that is both a little old church and the wondrous body of Christ.
—Brad Hall, pastor, New Market Presbyterian Church
Let us join in prayer for:
Linda Wheeler office manager
David Nebrig, comptroller
Rev. Lyndall Hamlett, Maranatha interim director
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Eternal God, as you have inspired us and preserved us to this day, so be our guide in the days and generations to come. Grant that, as in Christ you have served us, we might serve all your children, that you may never be without a witness, no matter where or to whom we bring the gospel. Amen.