Friday, March 14
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“Spiritual but not religious.” “Nones.” Two tags applied to the religiously unaffiliated, a once miniscule segment of US society that is now growing rapidly, especially among those between 18 and 35, the so-called millennials. What are millennials looking for? They are looking for places to engage in activities that have meaning and relevance. They seek genuine community.
A young member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in San Antonio spent a year after high school serving in Indonesia, learning the culture and “reaching out to the unreached.” Salomon, a college graduate and member of First Presbyterian Church in McAllen, “felt an irrepressible stirring in my heart for serving abroad.” Sensing a call to serve in mission overseas, he enrolled with Wycliffe Associates and now serves in Cameroon. Kelsey, a Schreiner University graduate, enrolled in the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer program. She serves at House of Teens, an after-school program of Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church for middle and high school students in the largely Hispanic west side of San Antonio. Faith into action . . . meaning and relevance . . . genuine community!
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary has turned one of its empty dorms into AYAVA House, where Austin Young Adult Volunteers/AmeriCorps members serving in the city live in intentional community. House residents have access to the campus community and many of its resources as they serve Austin’s homeless, pursue workers’ rights for the undocumented and construction workers, and work to reform local prisons and immigration policy.
Mission Presbytery is home to 27,519 members of 151 congregations.
—Lita Simpson, director of youth and young adult ministry, Mission Presbytery
Let us join in prayer for:
Hilary Shuford, executive presbyter
Rev. Karen Stocks, stated clerk
Ruben Armendariz, church development consultant
Lita Simpson, director of youth and young adult ministry
Rev. Kathy Anderson, executive director, John Knox Ranch
Cathy Hooker, office assistant
Pam Du Bois, accountant
Young Adult Volunteers
Meredith Cox, Julius Lorenzi, James Martin, Ashley Morales, and Margaret “Maggie” Wood, community development interns, San Antonio YAV site
Catherine Gillette, Piper Madison, and Lauren Voyles, community development interns, AYAVA House at Austin Seminary
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Kristin Dennis, PPC
Sheldon Dennis, BOP
Let us pray
Holy God, thank you for young adults who seek to serve you beyond the walls of church buildings. Bless them as they seek meaning, relevance, and community in our changing world. Amen.