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

Thursday, June 25

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Presbytery of East Iowa

 

Youth learning to cook the food they’ve grown through a gardening and nutrition program Courtesy of Sarah Dyck

 

Youth learning to cook the food they’ve grown through a gardening and nutrition program

 

Courtesy of Sarah Dyck

 

The Holy Spirit is upon the Presbytery of East Iowa, where congregations and presbytery ministries are creating networks of mission.

A budding parish nurse network has emerged, as has a network of congregations addressing the needs of people living with disabilities. Many congregations are partnering with local schools in weekend feeding programs, while others have begun gardening and nutrition programs for at-risk youth with local schools and grocery stores. One congregation has opened an after-school tutoring and recreation program for early dismissal days, another has started a quilting fellowship group, and five of the 12 congregations hosting homeless families through a local interfaith hospitality network are Presbyterian.

The most amazing part of all this networking is that the resources needed to do the work were already in place. God had already provided before we asked, reminding us that God can do more than we can ever hope or imagine.

The Presbytery of East Iowa is a covenant community of 76 congregations and faith-based organizations networked to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18–19).

Sarah Dyck, discipleship consultant, Presbytery of East Iowa

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Ruling Elder Rebecca Blair, stated clerk
Sarah Dyck, discipleship consultant
Rev. John Hougen, CRE dean
Ruling Elder Harry Hoyt, committee on ministry consultant
Pam Prather, finance / data management
Rev. Pam Saturnia, new pastor development
Rev. Robert Wollenberg, new pastor development

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Jessica Kelly, PPC
Kathleen Kelly, PMA
Paul Kempf, PMA

Let us pray

We thank you, Lord, for calling us to enter into the work that you are already doing in the area we call the Presbytery of East Iowa. We thank you for the resources you provided before we even knew we needed them. May the presbytery continue to glorify you in the coming years as we together discern your call to specific ministries. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 36; 147:12-20
First Reading 1 Samuel 8:1-22
Second Reading Acts 6:15-7:16
Gospel Reading Luke 22:24-30
Evening Psalms 80; 27

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