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Monday, October 20

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The Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley

New York

Union Presbyterian Church in Endicott Courtesy of Judith A. Gage


Union Presbyterian Church in Endicott


Courtesy of Judith A. Gage


Superstorm Sandy mobilized the body of Christ in many places. In the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley, the response included volunteers and the gathering of supplies such as water, food, equipment, Bibles, and blankets. This flood-relief effort was not the presbytery’s first. It dispatched personnel and supplies in response to Hurricane Katrina, only to experience severe local flooding in 2006 and 2011. The ongoing need of folks affected by Sandy was well understood by the members and friends of Union Presbyterian Church in Endicott.

Union members and friends gathered in the church’s fellowship hall for the annual One Great Hour of Sharing party. The congregation’s theme this year was the Jersey Shore. “People dressed in beachwear, brought towels and beach chairs, and enjoyed typical boardwalk food, including saltwater taffy,” said Pastor Pat Raube. The event continued with a talent auction netting more than $2,500 for One Great Hour of Sharing.

This event is just one example of how the congregation celebrates the kingdom of God with service projects in which a spirit of joy and laughter is present alongside passionate commitment. Later in 2013, members joined people from all over the country to serve at one of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance hospitality centers at the Jersey Shore, continuing Jesus’ work of proclaiming good news through both worship and service.

Union Presbyterian Church in Endicott is one of 48 congregations in the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley.

—submitted by Judith A. Gage, Laurens Presbyterian Church

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Dr. James Martin, stated clerk
Christine Rogalski, office administrator
Marcia Shaw, treasurer
Lynn Shepard, recording clerk
Paula Lambertson, bookkeeper

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Rev. Rodney Sewell, BOP
Debbie Sexton, PMA

Let us pray

Lord, help us to care for those in need. May we offer hope in the face of chaos, confidence in the face of uncertainty, and joy in service to you. May all who endure loss be filled with your presence and confidence in your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 57; 145
First Reading Micah 2:1-13
Second Reading Revelation 7:1-8
Gospel Reading Luke 9:51-62
Evening Psalms 85; 47

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