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Saturday, March 8

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International Women’s Day

The Presbytery of Arkansas

United Campus Ministry students pose for a picture during a Monday lunch.


United Campus Ministry students pose for a picture during a Monday lunch.


It’s Monday. And although for some the first day of the workweek is their least favorite, for the students of the United Campus Ministry (UCM) at the University of Arkansas (U of A), Monday is a day to look forward to.

UCM is an ecumenical initiative of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in partnership with the Disciples of Christ Church in Fayetteville. Presbyterian student ministry at the U of A dates back to the early 1900s, and in the 1960s a new ministry building was constructed across from campus. UCM strives to be a place where students can be who they are and grow into who they want to be, and UCM has seen unprecedented growth the last few years, which brings us back to Monday.

On Mondays UCM has a fellowship lunch. The allure of free food could be what attracts students, but the fellowship is a powerful motivator. As students chat and tell stories, announcements are made and the occasional prank is played, until class calls and they pack up their backpacks and return to Monday.

UCM also hosts a midweek Communion service led by students, and a dinner and discussion on Thursday night. The UCM students devised a project called Worship Team, which involves their leading worship in local churches several times a semester.

Through UCM’s fellowship, study, worship, and service, God remains the focus, so that students can grow in their faith in college and carry a deepened faith with them as they graduate.

The Presbytery of Arkansas is home to 87 congregations.

—Katherine Norwood, young adult participant, United Campus Ministry, University of Arkansas

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Dr. Bill Galbraith, general presbyter
Rev. Cathy Ulrich, stated clerk
Elder NiAnn Thompson, resource center director and assistant stated clerk
Elder Kenneth Rich, director of mission support
Rev. Jesse Gonzalez, presbytery evangelist, Comunidad Presbiteriana Hispana
Rev. Michael Vinson, vital congregations
Britton Varn, coordinator of youth ministry
Rev. David Gill, director, Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center
Rev. Susan Rose, director, United Campus Ministry, University of Arkansas
Elder Wes Shaver, treasurer

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Elder April Davenport, PMA
Jane Davenport, BOP
Deb Davies, OGA

Let us pray

Gracious God, thank you for all who make collegiate ministry possible. We pray for the continued development of this ministry in the church. Bless the ministry on college campuses across the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 43; 149
First Reading Ezekiel 39:21-29
Second Reading Philippians 4:10-20
Gospel Reading John 17:20-26
Evening Psalms 31; 143

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