Friday, June 28
The Presbytery of South Alabama
The Presbytery of South Alabama will face challenges in 2013 as it begins a new partnership with a presbytery in Central America. Partnering is something in which the Presbytery of South Alabama excels, and it looks forward to the sharing, learning, and joy of this new partnership. In addition, the presbytery will continue its two major mission thrusts: church revitalization and developing new worshiping communities.
Springing from the very successful Academy for Equipping the Saints, training those who teach adults and youth in their congregations, is TEENS 4 Christ, equipping youth as leaders in youth ministry and in the church. This two-year program in Bible, theology, and how to teach and lead will equip senior high youth to be the leaders God is calling them to be.
The presbytery also rejoices in and gives thanks to God for the great generosity of its congregations in responding to disasters here and around the world, and in supporting the work of the presbytery and the greater church. South Alabama Presbyterians are among the most extravagantly generous people in the PC(USA) and have been recognized as such by the General Assembly a number of times.
A few years ago, the presbytery gave up managing a presbytery camp. That decision has been advantageous financially, but more important than that is the new direction of its camping ministry: it has been renting time and space at a large Methodist conference center. This effort, known as The Launch, has not only been well received but is growing and serving more and more children and youth and adults.
These are challenging times. It is during such times that all of us come to know the love, grace, and mercy of God in extraordinary ways that deepen our faith and call forth from us the very best we have to offer to God.
The presbytery’s 30 congregations have 4,641 total members.
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Wm. Samford Turner, executive presbyter and stated clerk
Tamara Ladnier, administrative assistant
Jenny Chapman, resource center director
Kelly Raley, office/resource center clerk
Lisa Goodloe, bookkeeper
Al Thompson, associated stated clerk
Let us pray
Gracious God, you have faithfully walked with us through all these years. As we look toward the challenges ahead, lead us in the ways that you would have us walk. Amen.