Tuesday, June 25
North Alabama Presbytery
On April 27, 2011, North Alabama was ravaged by 38 tornadoes. Homes, church buildings, and businesses were leveled, and more than 53,000 families suffered losses in the 16-county North Alabama Presbytery. Who would have thought that an aging congregation with just 55 members and limited resources could be a solution in such a crisis?
Nestled in the woods on a rural county road, Copeland Presbyterian Church had cut its budget and gone to a part-time pastor, but God showed the little congregation a mission opportunity, and its members opened their hearts to offer Southern hospitality and good food to volunteer work teams arriving from 15 states. Copeland is now a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance host site for volunteer mission teams. The “blue shirts” help rebuild homes and bring families hope out of the chaos of the storms.
The 30 congregations and 4,284 believers of North Alabama Presbytery often find unique ways of going about God’s work. In true can-do spirit, the feisty Big Cove congregation launched a drive to collect and recycle aluminum cans, helping to fund a new million-dollar accessible multipurpose building to replace its century-old facility.
The plan is ambitious and optimistic—a pound of discarded cans brings in about 70 cents—but, says member Vicki Waldrop, “It will help a beautiful old church renew itself for a new century of ministry while cleaning up the environment as well!”
Let us join in prayer for:
Let us pray
Great God, bless the hearts and hands of those who work in your name. Bless those they help, those with whom they travel, those who host them, and those who hear their stories. Give us heart to live as witnesses in all the places where the presence of faith shouts hope despite all the chaos of our world and its disasters! Amen.