Saturday, October 4
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Season of Peace
The Presbytery of Geneva
Spurred by a growing commitment to connect local and global mission, the Presbytery of Geneva began conducting annual mission and learning experiences in 2010. Through these trips (over Columbus Day weekend), the presbytery is developing strong partnerships with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in New York City and the Office of Public Witness in Washington, DC. All the trips involve group meals and reflections, learning modules, hands-on mission, and intergenerational fun activities. Tracks for children, adults, and young adults are offered.
A grant from the Synod of the Northeast allowed particular outreach to college students in 2012. Students from a variety of colleges came together to participate in a mission and learning trip to Washington, DC. These students learned about the work of the Office of Public Witness, engaged in intensive study of the denomination’s response to gun violence, and volunteered in clothing closets, food ministries, and homeless shelters. The trip fostered among them an enduring commitment to the compassion and justice ministries of the PC(USA).
“I had no idea how much our denomination was involved in domestic policy issues before this trip,” said Benjamin Falter, a first-year student at SUNY Brockport. “It makes me proud to be a Presbyterian.” This learning opportunity continues each year to deepen the faith of young adults throughout the region.
The Presbytery of Geneva comprises 61 congregations, one emerging immigrant fellowship, and Mercy Place, a new church development.
—Rev. Dr. Joelle S. Davis, executive presbyter/stated clerk
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Dr. Joelle S. Davis, executive presbyter/stated clerk
Karen Jensen, administrative assistant
Rhonda Everdyke, director of communications; interim director, Camp Whitman
Darwyn Jepsen, property manager, Camp Whitman
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of challenge and opportunity, help us to demonstrate to all the many ways in which we are called to make a difference. Assist us in bringing the good news to young adults, and bring them opportunities to share that good news with others. Amen.