Saturday, October 10
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Presbytery of Genesee Valley
People’s Ministry in Christ (PMIC) was established in 1995 as a Presbyterian presence in downtown Rochester. The small worshiping community of about two dozen (mostly adults) is multiracial, with many fighting addictions, mental illness, or both. PMIC is a light in its neighborhood, and its people have grown closer to God and to each other.
Gladys Smith, who has been attending for three years, shares her experience: “People’s Ministry teaches us about love and faith in God! Because that is where it starts. I know that without God in my life I would be totally lost. People’s Ministry helps us to find our strength in ourselves so we can live better lives. God will always be the true light that never dims. He is our Rock and our Redeemer. I truly have been blessed by People’s Ministry in Christ!”
Beyond its Sunday worship, PMIC reaches out to the community in numerous ways: Bible studies and weekly prayer meetings at PMIC, a weekly Bible study at a residence for adults with serious mental illness, a small food cupboard for emergencies and a blessing fund for urgent needs, and meal service at a nearby soup kitchen three to four times a year.
PMIC is self-sustaining, thanks to financial support and other donations from the Presbytery of Genesee Valley, its 65 congregations, and various individuals. The community has a pastoral presence, a mission coworker, and two long-time volunteers steadfast in their commitment to its flourishing.
—Susan B. Orr, presbyter for mission and education
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Amy Williams Fowler, presbytery leader
Elder Susan B. Orr, presbyter for mission and education
Rev. Neil S. Frood Jr., presbyter for pastoral support and development
Rev. Val Fowler, stated clerk
Beth Weaver, office administrator
Cheryl Battaglia, financial and program administrator
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Rev. Hector Rodriguez, PMA
Cale Rogers, PMA
Mary Romano, PMA
Let us pray
Gracious God, may the hungry in body and spirit be fed; may the lonely, forgotten, and often rejected find a place of renewal; and may those battling mental illness or addiction be freed to walk in the light of a new way of living. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.