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“Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” —Song 2:13

Wednesday, July 22

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Presbytery of East Tennessee

 

Girl Scout Troop 40035 and First Presbyterian Church of Spring City working together Courtesy of Linda Springer

 

Girl Scout Troop 40035 and First Presbyterian Church of Spring City working together

 

Courtesy of Linda Springer

 

You hear them before you see them. The cheer squad of First Presbyterian Church, one of 67 congregations in the Presbytery of East Tennessee, sing special cheers and blow vuvuzelas from the sidelines of American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) games to support the children of Spring City. It began with an effort to strengthen the relationship with the Girl Scout troop that meets at First. In 2013, a scout earning her Silver Award organized an AYSO league. The church encouraged her efforts by hosting community meetings, sign-ups, and board meetings. When the season started that fall, the cheer squad was on the sidelines to support the teams at every game.

The relationship grew into a partnership when four Girl Scouts brought the session a plan for a community food pantry at the church. Seeing firsthand the devastating effects of unemployment and food insecurity on a family in their troop, the scouts wanted to find a way to help other families in the community. Several girls earning their Bronze Award also planned a summer garden to provide fresh vegetables for the pantry. After six months of planning, the Helping Hands Community Food Pantry opened its doors.

When First Presbyterian divided in controversy in November 2013, it was left with seven members. The bond already formed between the remaining members and the families involved in Girl Scouts and soccer has transformed the church. Families started coming to worship and participating in the life of church. And on Easter Sunday 2014, they all experienced the hope of John 3:16 as they baptized two children and received five new members. Praise be to God for the new life we have in Jesus Christ!

—Rev. Linda Springer, pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Spring City

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Judd Shaw, general presbyter
James McTyre, stated clerk
Dana Hendrix, office manager
Gwen Pyle, financial administrator
Bri Payne, executive director, John Knox Center

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Elder Elizabeth Little, PMA
Alfreda Loatman, BOP

Let us pray

Almighty God, we believe no one should be hungry in body or spirit. We believe we can make a difference as your disciples as we work together. Most of all, we believe in your Son, who showed us how to love one another. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 15; 147:1-11
First Reading 1 Samuel 25:23-44
Second Reading Acts 14:19-28
Gospel Reading Mark 4:35-41
Evening Psalms 48; 4

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