Tuesday, March 31
Synod of the Trinity
The people of northeastern Pennsylvania will not soon forget the storms that ravaged the area in the late summer of 2011. Along the Susquehanna River, far west and south of Scranton, anxious locals waited to see if (and where) the mighty river would burst its banks.
It did. And once the surge had passed, one community left with water-filled basements and extensive devastation was the town of West Pittston.
Members of First United Presbyterian Church gathered to deal with major damage to their building. A grant from the Synod of the Trinity was sent to the Presbytery of Lackawanna to help out. Leadership soon realized the need to issue a call to the larger Presbyterian family. PDA was contacted, local leadership designated, and two camps, one near West Pittston and another in Towanda, were created to facilitate cleanup and recovery in affected areas. Volunteers came from across the region and beyond to live Christ by walking with area residents. Bone-weary locals found energy, friendship, and faith-fed hope while working alongside these eager, God-sent colaborers.
One volunteer writes: “To be invited into the home of the displaced was emotional. To walk among memories—magnetic letters swept under the fridge, a forgotten birthday card, is a twofold life lesson: to have been spared is the luck of the draw, but to be privileged enough to serve in the effort to restore order to life is the grace of God.” For more, see “Spectacles of Faith 1” on YouTube.
The Synod of the Trinity serves 16 presbyteries and 1,167 congregations.
Let us join in prayer for:
Teaching Elder Susan Faye Wonderland, synod transitional executive
Teaching Elder Dr. Wayne A. Yost, synod stated clerk
Chantal Atnip, synod treasurer
Gwenn Egresitz, administrative assistant for office services and bookkeeper
Ruling Elder Catherine L. Gray, administrative assistant for staff support
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Gracious God, you have taught us to celebrate with those who are celebrating and to cry with those who are crying. May our eyes be open to see and distinguish between the two. Keep us mindful of all those who need your Spirit shining through us as much as they may need our monies and our labors. Amen.