Monday, July 21
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The Presbytery of St. Andrew
From the rolling hills of the northeast to the Mississippi delta cotton fields in the west, more than 5,500 Presbyterians in northern Mississippi continue to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through the ministries and programs of their 64 congregations and the Presbytery of St. Andrew.
This year, the presbytery is focusing on the expansion of its ministry on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The ministry is a member of the PC(USA) UKirk network and has completed its UKirk rebranding thanks to a denominational grant for that purpose. It is also seeking funding as part of the 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative.
“We’re working to build not just a campus ministry but a student community of faith,” says campus minister Rev. Howard Dudley. “College campuses are mission fields. And, as anyone who has done mission work knows, mission work has to be a partnership to be successful. College ministry has to be something that’s done with students, not something that’s offered for students. Our students have to have ownership in their own faith communities if we want them to take ownership in the larger church.”
Hopewell Camp and Conference Center, where children and youth have been building community for multiple generations, is an active and ongoing ministry of the presbytery. But Hopewell is much more than just a presbytery summer camp. It is home to Clean Water U, the training center of the Living Waters for the World water purification ministry. Hopewell holds camps for children and youth with diabetes and is always open to new opportunities to be actively engaged in God’s mission.
—Gregory A. Goodwiller, executive presbyter and stated clerk
Let us join in prayer for:
Gregory A. Goodwiller, executive presbyter and stated clerk
Allyson Ashmore, director, Hopewell Camp and Conference Center
Darren Ashmore, site director, Hopewell Camp and Conference Center
Loretta Morris, food services manager, Hopewell Camp and Conference Center
Howard Dudley, staff associate for campus ministry
Ellen Kellum, office manager
Kim Nix, financial administrator
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Almighty God, in a world that seems filled with hatred and violence, we give you thanks today for opportunities you give us to build better relationships, do justice, and be witnesses of the reconciling love we have known through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.