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“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” —Ps. 23:1

Wednesday, July 29

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North Alabama Presbytery

 

Marie Marlin and Deborah Ann Miller with Lattimore on the steps of New Market’s fellowship hall. Courtesy of Brad Hall

 

Marie Marlin and Deborah Ann Miller with Lattimore on the steps of New Market’s fellowship hall.

 

Courtesy of Brad Hall

 

In June of 2013, Marie Marlin, a ruling elder for New Market Presbyterian Church, posted a note on the congregation’s Facebook page. According to the school nurse at New Market School, Marie said, “Some of the young children do not have underclothing, or what they have is too small or ragged to wear. They also frequently need dry changes of underwear for the younger set and are generally stranded when this happens.”

Marie concluded her post with a candid observation: “Underwear is such a simple thing; we hardly ever imagine that some of our neighbors don’t have the money to buy what they may consider a nonessential item, opting for food, outerwear, or shelter instead.”

Within minutes, Deborah Ann Miller made a contribution to the “Underwear Initiative,” and within a few days the 50-member New Market congregation had gathered over $200 in cash contributions and dozens of pairs of brand-new underwear.

As part of the 29 congregations and 4,060 believers of North Alabama Presbytery, the members and friends of the New Market congregation recognize that no gift is too small to matter, either to children in need of new underwear, or to the “very God of very God” who is our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Brad Hall, pastor, New Market Presbyterian Church

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Tammy Gregory Brown, executive presbyter and stated clerk
Linda Wheeler, office manager
David Nebrig, comptroller
Patrick Laney, executive director, Maranatha

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Benny Lujan, PMA
Erika Lundbom, PPC

Let us pray

Eternal God, as you have created us and redeemed us for your loving service, so guide us to the darkened corners in the lives of others, that we might bring them the light of your eternal presence. Grant that, as in Christ you have served us, we might serve all your children, that you may never be without a witness in a hurting world. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 65; 147:1-11
First Reading 2 Samuel 3:22-39
Second Reading Acts 16:16-24
Gospel Reading Mark 6:47-56
Evening Psalms 125; 91

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