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Monday, July 20

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Presbytery of Whitewater Valley


VISTA volunteers Pam Brozan and Ilana Barach and pastor Bob Heimach (IPC) prepare raised beds at the IPC community garden. Courtesy of Craig Shaw


VISTA volunteers Pam Brozan and Ilana Barach and pastor Bob Heimach (IPC) prepare raised beds at the IPC community garden.


Courtesy of Craig Shaw


Acts of compassion leave a local mark and have a larger, even global, impact. Irvington Presbyterian Church (IPC) in Indianapolis is passionate about food justice and just trade. IPC transformed a home into the Hospitality House to offer subsidized housing for partners in ministry. The Hospitality House has hosted AmeriCorps VISTA members who work on local food-justice issues, such as projects offering low-income families access to locally grown fresh produce.

Concerned about fair trade, two IPC members participated in a Presbyterian Coffee Project trip to Nicaragua, where they learned about coffee cooperatives and how fair trade helps provide farmers livable wages. IPC also uses and sells Equal Exchange fair-trade products, Sweat-Free T-shirts, and Eco-Palms.

Hope Presbyterian Church in Plainfield felt a call from God to serve the community in a new way when members discovered that no one in Hendricks County consistently provided hygiene products to their most financially challenged neighbors. Indispensable products such as toilet paper, laundry detergent, and toothpaste cannot be purchased with food stamps, so Hope started a hygiene-products pantry in an unused Sunday school room and began gathering donations to create and stock shelves. For five years Hope has partnered with nine county food pantries by delivering hygiene products each month to be distributed to patrons. Hope has been blessed to serve over 700 residents a year, a number they plan to grow.

The Presbytery of Whitewater Valley connects, resources, and empowers its 62 congregations, two Latino new church developments, one Chin Burmese fellowship, and one developing new worshiping community.

—Rev. Felipe N. Martinez, associate executive presbyter

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Taylor Alan Thames, executive presbyter
Felipe N. Martinez, associate executive presbyter
Kristy Quinn, stated clerk andexecutive administrator
Phil Votaw, treasurer
Eric Herzog, financial consultant to the presbytery and its congregations
Mike Srbljan, financial manager
Craig Shaw, information technologist
Fernando Rodriguez, organizing pastor, Nueva Creación NCD
Barry Sumner, CRE for Nueva Creación NCD
Leonel Pech, organizing pastor, Amistad Cristiana NCD
Roger McDaniel, organizing pastor,the Circle new worshiping community

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Dick Liberty, BOP
Rev. Joyce Lieberman, OGA

Let us pray

Eternal God, you open our eyes to injustice and call us to stand with you against it. Continue bringing us closer to each other and to you. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 135; 145
First Reading 1 Samuel 24:1-22
Second Reading Acts 13:44-52
Gospel Reading Mark 4:1-20
Evening Psalms 97; 112

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