Monday, March 24
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The Presbytery of Carlisle
The mission advocacy committee of the Presbytery of Carlisle is constantly considering how best to promote mission—local, national, and international. For years, it has given mission grants to local organizations. Recently the committee also started making grants to heavily used food banks across the presbytery. In 2013 it assisted eight food banks and another nine organizations engaged in various ministries throughout the presbytery.
The committee has increasingly focused on the advocacy part of its mission responsibilities. It sponsored speakers through the denomination’s Mission Challenge programs in 2007, 2009, and 2011. A newsletter distributed at every presbytery meeting has highlighted mission trips taken by local congregations. In 2012, as part of the presbytery’s informal partnership with the Presbytery of Honduras, both Pastor Juan Rodas, a Honduran pastor who attended the 220th General Assembly (2012) in Pittsburgh, and Rev. Mark Wright, PC(USA) mission coworker in Honduras, visited the presbytery and made presentations. Annual trips to participate in a home-building ministry with the Presbytery of Honduras have strengthened this relationship.
In 2013 the committee sponsored its first mission celebration within the presbytery. Featured speakers for the event were PC(USA) mission coworkers to Lithuania Eric and Becky Hinderliter. This event not only celebrated the work of Eric and Becky but also gave participants a chance to share both how congregational mission budgets are determined and stories from the organizations receiving mission support.
Mission is alive and well among the presbytery’s 52 congregations!
—Kathleen Wells, chair, mission advocacy committee, Presbytery of Carlisle
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Bruce Stevens, member, PMA Board
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Lord, we thank you for the privilege of being able to support your mission here and around the world. Give us the wisdom daily to do your work. Amen.