Friday, July 31
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Presbytery of South Alabama
In recent years, worship and small-group Bible study have become the focus and starting point of our presbytery meetings, setting all formal presbytery business in its proper frame.
At our February 2014 meeting, 1001 associate Vera White spoke to the presbytery about this exciting initiative to support new worshiping communities springing up across the church. Other recent speakers included Ray Jones and David Loleng from the PC(USA) office of Evangelism, who addressed the presbytery in lift up the central themes of discipleship and mission.
Teens 4 Christ, a presbytery program that develops leaders among senior high youth through a two-year course, has done far more than we could ever have imagined. The first class, who finished up their course with a mission trip to Guatemala, will continue to provide leadership in their congregations and across the presbytery and the church. A new class of budding leaders began the course in the fall of 2014.
The presbytery has helped its mission partner in Guatemala, Chisec Presbytery, break ground on a new K–12 school in the city of Coban. Chisec is a small presbytery with God-sized dreams. When the new facility is finished, it will serve also as a center for theological education in northern Guatemala.
The Presbytery of South Alabama serves 30 congregations that seek to dream dreams worthy of the God who claims us all in the love of Christ.
—Wm. Samford Turner, executive presbyter and stated clerk
Let us join in prayer for:
Wm. Samford Turner, executive presbyter and stated clerk
Al Thompson, associate stated clerk
Tamara Ladnier, administrative assistant
Jenny Chapman, resource center director
Kelly Reyes, office/resource center clerk
Bonnie Johnson, bookkeeper
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
There are so many challenges that lay before us, O God. Yet you have promised to go before us and with us. Help us to move into the future we see only dimly, in the full confidence that you hold us and the future in the hollow of your hand. Help us to realize that it may be our young adults who lead us into that future as they are led by Christ, through whom we pray. Amen.