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

Friday, October 17

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The Presbytery of the Palisades

New Jersey

Palisades congregations welcomed AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers involved in Sandy recovery. Courtesy of Diane Nafash



Palisades congregations welcomed AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers involved in Sandy recovery.


Courtesy of Diane Nafash


“We had to put on our Tyvek suits, lay on our backs, and do the army crawl,” one AmeriCorps NCCC volunteer said. “We got under the trailers, ripping out contaminated insulation and installing new. It’s amazing how appreciative the people are. We were thankful for everything they did for us, and they are grateful for everything we’re doing for them. It is so wonderful!”

AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a federal program through which volunteers aged 18–24 serve up to 10 months in communities across the country. Several AmeriCorps NCCC teams were sent to the Vanguard Mobile Home Community in Little Ferry and Moonachie, New Jersey, to aid in the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy. They partnered in local recovery and relief efforts with Presbyterian congregations in Moonachie and Wood-Ridge and the long-term recovery committee of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.

More than a dozen of the 48 congregations of the Presbytery of the Palisades sustained significant property damage from Sandy, and most communities in the area experienced power outages, gasoline shortages, and personal-property damage.

First Presbyterian Church of Wood-Ridge graciously opened its doors and hearts to provide a home away from home for the young volunteers. The Wood-Ridge church provided a place for them to have lunch (on and off the job), and several other presbytery congregations reached out by supplying hot meals after the long workdays. To quote one congregation, “We enjoyed the fellowship of coming together and wanted to show our appreciation to these young people for all their hard work and service to help others.”

—Diane Nafash, presbytery mission communication committee member

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Dr. Marianne Rhebergen, transitional leader
Maha Faragalla, mission and ministry communicator/coordinator
Cindy Cummings, bookkeeper
Rev. Gregory Keosaian, stated clerk
Martha Dawson, treasurer
Rev. Debra Givens, moderator
Ruling Elder Paul Talarico, vice moderator
Ruling Elder Barbara Ryder, presbytery council chair

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Michelle Schulz, PMA
Wilma Scott, OGA
David Sedlak, PMA

Let us pray

Gracious God, may your sacrificial love on the cross move us to the genuine offering of ourselves in obedient service, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 130; 148
First Reading Hosea 13:9-16
Second Reading Acts 28:1-16
Gospel Reading Luke 9:28-36
Evening Psalms 32; 139

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