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“All who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matt. 23:12

Monday, March 31

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Lehigh Presbytery

Pennsylvania

Bridget Strawn relaxes with camper Ariana. Photo by Jen Henshue

 

Bridget Strawn relaxes with camper Ariana.

 

Photo by Jen Henshue

 

Pastors and church members wonder: “How can we reach young adults? What can we provide them that will nourish their faith?”

One place that has served many young adults is Camp Brainerd. Many summer staff are either in college or newly graduated and trying to navigate independence. Through working and living together, they create a tight-knit community in which they can be honest, ask questions, give support, and hold each other accountable. They create a family with bonds that don’t break just because camp is over.

In addition to feeding their own spiritual needs through Bible studies and devotions, young adults also spend the summer sharing God’s love with the campers and families. As they teach the campers how to make good decisions and treat each other with love and respect, they are themselves encouraged to practice what they preach. “So many times I get frustrated about how to handle a situation as a Christian,” one staff member shared. “But working at camp has helped me take a step back and figure out what God wants me to do. Helping the campers work through their problems has helped me to deal with mine better.”

Living out what it means to be a Christian in a place set apart has helped many of the young staff at Camp Brainerd to grow into strong Christians. How might we establish small communities where we can live out our faith, not just in the summer, and not just at camp?

The 32 congregations in Lehigh Presbytery have 8,677 total members.

—Jen Henshue, director of camping ministry, Camp Brainerd

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Dr. Steve Shussett, teaching presbyter and stated clerk
Robin Mathias, office manager
Christina Conrad, administrative secretary/bookkeeper
Elder David Boltz, treasurer
Jen Henshue, director of camping ministry, Camp Brainerd
Jay Durco, site manager, Camp Brainerd
Debbie Freeborn, secretary/registrar, Camp Brainerd

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Richard Embry, PMA
Didi Emerson, PMA

Let us pray

Awesome God, we thank you for giving each of us a place to belong in community with one another. Help us to learn and grow from others within our communities so that we may bless others in return. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 119:73-80; 145
First Reading Genesis 49:1-28
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1
Gospel Reading Mark 7:24-37
Evening Psalms 121; 6

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