Friday, October 10
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New York City Presbytery
In October 2012, just before Halloween, New York, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas were visited by a real monster. Masquerading under the unassuming name of Sandy, this giant was all trick and no treat for tens of thousands of New Yorkers. Homes and cars were tossed into the sea like toys.
Within days Presbyterian Disaster Assistance was on the ground helping to survey the damage and identify needs and strategies for immediate relief, looking toward long-term recovery. Offers for help were pouring into the New York City Presbytery office and to churches and organizations throughout the region before the last clouds had rolled out.
One of the earliest groups to volunteer in the devastated community of the Rockaways was a youth group from Western New York. That group set a tone for volunteering that remains the standard with work partners in New York. Just as Jesus said that we would do well to become like little children, following the example of these young people is a lesson worth learning. They came without preconceptions or expectations. They came ready to be led and open to whatever they found. They were a joyful witness to the homeowners and the team leaders that they served. Their relationships grew stronger as they worked together, and their reflections about service helped them to reflect Christ. They were just what others needed in a moment of great crisis. Their witness laid a firm foundation for the volunteers from other Presbyterian congregations that have followed them.
New York City Presbytery is home to 96 congregations.
— Rev. Thia Reggio, disaster response coordinator, New York City Presbytery
Let us join in prayer for:
Elder Ellen Cason, at-large member, PMA Board
Elder Tony De La Rosa, interim executive presbyter
Andy James, stated clerk
Elder James Tse, controller
Elder Yzette Swavy-Lipton, office manager
Deacon Shirley Fleming, administrative assistant
Rev. Thia Reggio, disaster response coordinator
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of compassion, when we serve others, let us follow the example of children, shedding our expectations so that we may reflect your love. Amen.