Wednesday, July 22
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Presbytery of East Tennessee
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:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
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.