Thursday, June 20
The Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky
Okolona Presbyterian Church in Louisville sometimes has barely half a loaf to share, yet it is ready and willing to give it all away. It is a small body of 48 souls in a congregation that has changed drastically over the years, a familiar story across the nation. They may be few in number, but they are big in ministry and are ecumenically minded. From working in the local Roman Catholic soup kitchen, to sending out greeting cards to members on their birthdays, to collecting more shoeboxes at Christmas than there are families in the congregation, the people of Okolona Church are deeply committed to ministry and mission.
The congregation has adopted two Ethiopian youngsters. Using regular correspondence, they keep abreast of how the children grow and learn. This mission has been a very positive one for the congregation. A jar has taken up permanent residence in the narthex, to collect dollars each time someone passes by. The money helps the children, their families, and their entire village.
Okolona Church is also very serious about taking care of those close to them. Members make sure the elderly get to the grocery on monthly “senior citizen” shopping days and also make regular visits to shut-ins and friends. They take to heart Jesus’ words, “What you do to the least of these, you do to me.”
The list of ministries at Okolona goes on and on; a new one pops up regularly. While the good folks of Okolona may not have many loaves to offer, they know that through their faith in the risen Christ what they have is greatly multiplied. Praise be to God!
The Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky’s 55 congregations have 9,014 total members.
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Betty L. Meadows, general presbyter
Rev. Peggy Hinds, associate general presbyter for education & mission
Mary Kutter, office manager
Rev. Andrew Hartmans, director of Cedar Ridge Camp
Rev. Kenneth J. Hockenberry, stated clerk
Let us pray
Holy One, continue to show us how to multiply our loaves and fishes! Amen.