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“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” —Ps. 23:1

Tuesday, October 20

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Presbytery of Newark

New Jersey

Ecumenical partnership and a committed volunteer network “stuff the bus” with hope. Courtesy of Kevin Yoho

 

Ecumenical partnership and a committed volunteer network “stuff the bus” with hope.

 

Courtesy of Kevin Yoho

 

Livingston Presbyterian Church took Peter’s words in Acts 3:6 seriously, asking, “What do we have to give that people really need?” When pastor Daniel Martian started building relational networks outside the church, the congregation began noticing economic disparity and hunger in the community, which is generally regarded as affluent. “Gathering a theologically and ethnically diverse range of Christian, Jewish, and Hindu leaders in the community led to a compassionate and prophetic partnership,” he says.

Local merchants and other civic groups joined in, and the Livingston Stuff the Bus Food Drive was rolling. Hundreds of volunteers collect thousands of items for the drive throughout the year. The school board provides a bus to pick up donated items from grocery stores and other collection sites. “Respecting our neighbors’ privacy while compassionately addressing social isolation and other stressors is a priority of this initiative,” Martian says. Expanding Stuff the Bus to other communities is the next step.

As neighbors, and as disciples of Jesus Christ, the Presbytery of Newark realizes that the work of demonstrating justice is not done. Opportunities abound to address issues of privilege and injustice and promote community wellness. Giving out of God’s abundance is a core value of our mission. In Livingston, it appears that everyone is on the bus.

The Presbytery of Newark is home to 36 congregations, whose 6,141 members serve some 800,000 neighbors.

Rev. Dr. Kevin Yoho, general presbyter

Let us join in prayer for:

Rev. Dr. Kevin Yoho, member, PMA Board

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Dr. Kevin Yoho, general presbyter
Elder Warren McNeill, stated clerk
Nailesh Bhavsar, accountant
Deirdre Malloy, office manager

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Alicia Samuels, PPC
Sandy Sanders, PMA
Brenda Sandoval, PMA

Let us pray

Thank you, God, for congregations that transform neighborhoods and communities by living missionally. Bless the presbytery and staff as they resource these ministries of compassionate and prophetic discipleship. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 54; 146
First Reading Lamentations 1:1-5(6-9)10-12
Or alternate First Reading Jeremiah 40:7-41:3
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:41-50
Gospel Reading Matthew 11:25-30
Evening Psalms 28; 99

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