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Thursday, October 1

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Season of Peace

Presbytery of Shenandoah

Virginia, West Virginia

Lyle Moffett served four small congregations in rural Highland County, Virginia, mostly during the first half of the 20th century. His legacy included a bequest to the Presbytery of Shenandoah that serves “to empower congregations to be centers for mission through the task of diakonia: sending servant leaders to minister to the pain of a hurting world.” Each year, grants of $500–$2,000 are awarded.

One of the 2014 grant recipients was the Parish of the Valleys Day Camp at Camp Paddy Run, located in a rural area west of Woodstock, Virginia. Through games, teaching, storytelling, music, hiking, and fellowship, children and youth are given an opportunity to learn and to grow in their relationship with God in a beautiful corner of creation.

With at least 50 percent of the campers coming from socioeconomically disadvantaged or single-parent homes (or both), numerous churches and communities come together in ecumenical witness to provide these young people an experience of the love of Christ.

The Parish of the Valleys includes eight of the 107 congregations in the Presbytery of Shenandoah. Within the presbytery’s bounds are Massanetta Springs Conference Center and Presbyterian-affiliated Mary Baldwin College.

Elder Mary Lou Cox, member, Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Monterey, Virginia

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Roy Martin, transitional presbyter
Elder Dick Travis, temporary stated clerk
Kim Stroupe, assistant for the constitution
Ruling Elder Doug Sensabaugh, communications coordinator and hunger action enabler
Heather Carter, office administrator / bookkeeper
Larry Holsinger, treasurer

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Rebecca Rayner, PMA
Dreama Reams, PMA
Rev. Kathy Reeves, PMA

Let us pray

We praise you for the vision of those who encourage our children to grow in the faith. May their lives reflect your love, O God, and be an inspiration to others seeking a place of belonging and care. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 116; 147:12-20
First Reading 2 Kings 18:28-37
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 9:1-15
Gospel Reading Matthew 7:22-29
Evening Psalms 26; 130

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