Monday, October 19
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New York City Presbytery
The Church of Gethsemane in Brooklyn was created in 1986 by and for those with some connection to prison: people who are or have been in prison, their families, and those who feel called to ministry with them. Gethsemane strives to create a spiritual community that comforts and challenges, fortifies and sustains, heals and liberates. It thrives in its diversity and inclusiveness. No one is turned away.
Gethsemane sends newsletters into federal, state, and local prisons in New York, inviting incarcerated persons to write to the church for prayer and to participate in a correspondence program of Christian education and membership.
Chibueze Okorie was convicted on drug charges in 1989 and represents both the hope and potential of Gethsemane’s mission and ministry. He completed the membership course while in prison and was, on his release, welcomed and baptized by the church. Three years later, he became a ruling elder, and today he is the minister of evangelism. He writes to persons in prison and their families, makes prison visits, contacts state parole boards for inmates about to be released, and helps those released make successful transitions to church and community. He also visits other congregations to lead workshops, offer his testimony of personal transformation, and share the story of Gethsemane’s mission.
New York City Presbytery’s 96 congregations, seven new-immigrant fellowships, and two new worshiping communities serve God in the city’s five boroughs.
—Robert Foltz-Morrison, executive presbyter
Let us join in prayer for
Ellen Pearre Cason, at-large committee member, PMA Board
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Sabino Salazar, PMA
Kim Saltzman, BOP
Let us pray
Look with compassion, O God, upon those who feel themselves beyond the reach of your love or outside your limitless mercy. May we follow Christ and show his love toward those the world despises and rejects. Amen.