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Friday, October 2

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Season of Peace

Presbytery of Western North Carolina

 

Leaders in the partnership between the Western North Carolina and Guatemalan presbyteries Courtesy of Anita Bernhardt

 

Leaders in the partnership between the Western North Carolina and Guatemalan presbyteries

 

Courtesy of Anita Bernhardt

 

In 2014, the 110 congregations of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina celebrated a 20-year partnership with two presbyteries in southwest Guatemala—Sur Occidente and Suchitepéquez. It has been an adventure-filled, humbling, and mutually gratifying partnership, made especially personal by a sister-church relationship between 32 congregations in North Carolina and 32 counterparts in Guatemala.

Most of our North Carolina congregations have sent delegates on presbytery mission visits to the sister congregations, some annually. Some congregation now even send their very own teams. We’ve also been honored to have visitors from the congregations in Guatemala about every year, bringing a touch of Guatemalan culture, flavor, and faith to our front doors.

In addition, over these last 20 years we’ve learned to partner in bringing about better health and educational opportunities. Congregations have worked together, for instance, to improve basic health and sanitation, provide access to clean water sources and filtration systems, and sponsor the training of health-care promoters. We’ve also developed a scholarship program that provides both money and encouragement to children and youth, enabling their families to provide them a better education.

Juntos en Cristo (together in Christ) we have a rich, mutually beneficial relationship that has brought 20 years of joy, and it promises to continue as a beautiful manifestation of our common faith in Jesus Christ.

Rev. Anita Bernhardt, interim associate presbyter for mission, witness, and church support

Let us join in prayer for:

Elder Heath Rada, moderator, 221st General Assembly (2014); member, PMA board

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Bobbi White, general presbyter
Rev. Anita Bernhardt, interim associate presbyter for mission, witness, and church support
CRE Bert Sigmon, stated clerk
CRE Barbara Ross, presbytery associate
Rev. Dr. Charles Davenport, presbytery associate
Beth Gunn, presbytery associate for youth
Marie Connelly de Palacios, Guatemala partnership coordinator
Lisa Pressley, controller
Robbin Buchanan, administrative assistant
Marcia Puckett, administrative assistant
Tonya Williams, administrative assistant

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Rev. Thia Reggio, PMA
Margaret H. Reiff, PMA

Let us pray

Gracious God, bless your servants wherever they live. May your presence fill our lives and our congregations as we, juntos en Cristo, seek to praise and glorify your name in all the earth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 84; 148
First Reading 2 Kings 19:1-20
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 9:16-27
Gospel Reading Matthew 8:1-17
Evening Psalms 25; 40

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