Wednesday, October 8
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The Presbytery of New Brunswick
The last week of October 2012, Superstorm Sandy swept up the East Coast and forever changed the lives of thousands in its wake. The people of the Presbytery of Monmouth, which spans the New Jersey shore and includes Ocean and Monmouth counties, experienced devastating losses of power, people, and property.
As many adults struggled to find the energy and strength to rebuild, they were inspired by the willingness and enthusiasm of the young people of their communities. As individuals and in groups, young people from the very beginning went door-to-door helping neighbors clean up debris and shovel sand out of their basements. Their witness ignited in everyone they met a passion to help others.
The New Jersey shore and its residents have been profoundly reshaped by Sandy. “My hometown is now a place like the places I have gone on mission trips,” says Travis, a high school student and member of a Monmouth congregation. Another student, Morgan, from Point Pleasant Church, says: “Seeing houses and buildings I grew up with and were a part of my life demolished or even completely nonexistent was heartbreaking. My mother and I help with the mission groups that come to our town and stay at our church, and my peers have all lent helping hands. Hurricane Sandy may have devastated us, but it has also reminded my community what it is that holds us together and how important we all are to each other.”
The Presbytery of Monmouth is home to 46 congregations.
Rev. Mary-Lynn Morrison, Hurricane Sandy recovery team, Presbytery of Monmouth
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Wendy S. Bailey, regional presbyter
Rev. Dr. Carlos Wilton, stated clerk
Elder Patty Williams, Christian education consultant
Elder Nancy Tindall, treasurer
Elder Howard Dunbar, financial secretary/accountant
Elder Marie Luthringer, office and media manager and assistant to the presbyter
Rev. Phyllis Zoon, hunger action enabler stewardship of creation
Rev. Mary-Lynn Morrison, assistant Sandy Recovery team
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of all creation, we thank you for all the ways you shelter and encourage us during the storms of life. As we seek to restore what has been broken in our world, restore us in faith and purpose. Help us to be your hands and feet and to witness to the love you give us through your Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.