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“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” —Ps. 51:10

Wednesday, October 15

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The Presbytery of

Northern New York


The number of young adults continues to decrease in the area of the country where the Presbytery of Northern New York works and ministers. As a result, smaller congregations find it difficult to maintain a youth group of their own. In an effort to minister to young adults, the presbytery is involved in three mission activities:

• The presbytery maintains a fund to pay the cost of transportation for young people to Presbyterian Youth Triennium.

• Ministries in the North Country, a mission of the presbytery, runs a Christmas program for teens in foster care. Christmas presents are purchased for teens who, because they are too old for many “angel tree” programs, often go without gifts.

• The mission committee of the presbytery has agreed to completely fund two weeks of Rural Rehab housing ministry. These weeks are available to teenagers and adults of all ages at no cost to them. Since our smaller congregations may have only one or two people interested in this type of activity, the goal is to provide an opportunity for people to come together as a group to minister to those who need help repairing their homes.

The Presbytery of Northern New York is home to 36 congregations.

CRE Rachel Roberts, Chaumont First Presbyterian Church

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Ruling Elder Patti Stephens, moderator
Pieter Visscher, stated clerk
George Davis, treasurer
Joan Merritt, administrative coordinator

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Kim Schmid, PMA
Jeanie Schmuckie, FDN

Let us pray

Gracious God, bless the young people. They are indeed the future of your church. Even those of us who are older remember our own youth—the idealism, the willingness to be involved in worthwhile causes, and the energy to serve. Give us the patience to listen to them and the courage to support their endeavors. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 15; 147:1-11
First Reading Hosea 13:1-3
Second Reading Acts 27:9-26
Gospel Reading Luke 9:1-17
Evening Psalms 48; 4

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