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“Your redemption is drawing near.” — Luke 21:28

Thursday, July 23

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Holston Presbytery


Holston Presbytery Camp road signs Photo by Betty Cox


Holston Presbytery Camp road signs


Photo by Betty Cox


Craig Bell, director of the camp run by Holston Presbytery, mentioned that ice storms had broken limbs that were in danger of falling on campers. Bill Cox, a lifelong member and elder at Erwin Presbyterian Church, responded, “Well, I can use a chain saw!” The offending limbs were removed, and before long Betty Cox, equally passionate about our Lord’s work, was spending entire weeks working at the camp with her husband. Beautifully carved directional signs appeared. Given charge of the kitchen once, Betty rallied workers to her high standards of cleanliness and organization.

In time, Betty and Bill made an important discovery: camp linens were being laundered in outdated machines not designed for institutional use, which meant that valuable staff time was being wasted. The matter was soon before the session of Erwin Presbyterian.

“Eleven thousand dollars for an industrial washer and dryer?” The elders weighed the request. Discussion was lively. The church already supported 10 mission workers on five continents. Betty and Bill pressed their case. After healthy debate, the vote was made and the check written.

The story of Betty and Bill’s joint mission came to completion on September 10, 2013, when Betty lost a heroic, two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. But did these disciples’ mission lose? No. The love and the commitment to Jesus Christ, long expressed amid the trees and mountains, found new expression at the bedside. The members of Erwin Presbyterian gathered around the couple as witnesses to that love. And Craig Bell and the staff of Holston Presbytery Camp joined them.

Erwin Presbyterian Church is one of 66 congregations in Holston Presbytery.

Stanley N. Webster, minister, Erwin Presbyterian Church

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Richard L. Fifield, executive presbyter / stated clerk
Kimberley D. Fifield, treasurer / financial manager
Craig Bell, director, Holston Presbytery Camp and Retreat Center
Andrea Sutter, Campus House director, youth and young adult ministry

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Samuel Locke, PMA
Rev. Helen Locklear, BOP
Ann Logan, PMA

Let us pray

God of heaven and earth, we remember before you the work of those whose earthly mission is accomplished. Send us into the world, as you sent them, to extend the loving rule of the one you sent, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 36; 147:12-20
First Reading 1 Samuel 28:3-20
Second Reading Acts 15:1-11
Gospel Reading Mark 5:1-20
Evening Psalms 80; 27

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