Wednesday, June 25
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The Presbytery of Northern Waters
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan
As a denomination, we are a connectional church. We embrace fellowship and the individual gifts each of us bring to the world. The Presbytery of Northern Waters truly values every opportunity to make connections with one another, be it outreach, support for the journey of life, shared ministry, or the sharing of who we are as God’s people called to live as a faith community.
Several years ago, Rev. Joel Huenemann (United Presbyterian Church, Superior, WI) took this value of our presbytery and extended it to our youth and the connections they can make among themselves. Joel contacted another church in the presbytery to ask if it would consider combining youth events once or twice a year, to form relationships and shared ministries among the young people. What resulted is two groups—now three—almost two hours away from one another who look forward to getting together for summer mission trips, youth camps, and World Vision 30 Hour Famines! If the adults wait too long to schedule the events, the youth start asking, “When are we getting together?”
These youth have collected thousands of dollars for hunger relief, gone door to door for food donations, traveled to Alabama and Indiana to assist with tornado recovery, prayed together, and shared Facebook, Twitter, and text messages. Living in different cities yet sharing a common faith, they have built a connection that will last a lifetime.
The presbytery is home to 5,469 members of 56 congregations.
—Pastor Kimbrel Johnson, moderator
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. C. Arlin Talley, moderator, Presbyterian Men; member, PMA board
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Oweeda Kinnaird, FDN
Jesse Kinzer, FDN
Let us pray
Help us to see beyond our own walls, O God, to the friendships we have yet to form—relationships that will help us to grow and to extend your faith in ways that bring light to all people. Amen.