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Saturday, October 17

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Presbytery of New Brunswick

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A vibrant and sustainable garden in an urban setting at Bethany House of Hospitality Photo by David Byers

 

A vibrant and sustainable garden in an urban setting at Bethany House of Hospitality

 

Photo by David Byers

 

In 2011 the presbytery’s Urban Mission Cabinet—12 Presbyterian congregations committed to ministry in Trenton and New Brunswick-— opened its first house of hospitality. The former Bethany Church parish house was renovated to create this communal living space. With the help of suburban partner congregations, including Nassau and Lawrenceville Presbyterian, and critical funding from the presbytery’s Urban Fund, Bethany House stands as an intentional community whose residents covenant to live simply, participate in a communal way of life, and faithfully explore both new and ancient spiritual practices—all while engaging in the neighborhood and with the organizations that they serve.

In 2013 the Urban Mission Cabinet renovated and launched a second house, Lawrence Road House of Hospitality in Lawrence Township. Its 10 residents serve their neighbors as Bonner or Americorps volunteers while also studying at nearby seminaries and universities. The house provides each an additional context for fellowship, learning, and support.

A community garden was added at Bethany House in 2012, and a similar garden is planned for Lawrence Road. These gardens—planted, maintained, and harvested by house residents—provide fresh vegetables and herbs for local food banks such as Crisis Ministry of Trenton, with plenty left over for nutritious communal meals.

The Presbytery of New Brunswick is home to 40 congregations.

Rev. Dr. Nina Reeder: pastor, Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church; chaplain, Lawrence Road House of Hospitality

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Wendy Bailey, regional presbyter
Rev. Dr. D. Paul LaMontagne, stated clerk
Ilene Black, administrative assistant and financial secretary

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Graciola Salazar, PMA
Lorraine Salazar, PMA
Merlinda Salazar, PMA

Let us pray

Almighty God, please continue to guide the Presbytery of New Brunswick as it seeks to nurture the next generation of community and religious leaders—leaders committed to vibrant and revitalized urban life. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 56; 149
First Reading Jeremiah 52:1-34
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:12-29
Gospel Reading Matthew 11:7-15
Evening Psalms 118; 111

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