Thursday, September 19
The Presbytery of Northern New York
The congregations of the Presbytery of Northern New York partner with many organizations and people who address the issue of hunger. The presbytery’s mission-giving supports several local organizations that have food pantries. Among these are Watertown Urban Mission; Church and Community Worker, in Canton; and Helping Hands, in Hannawa Falls.
Most of our congregations contribute to food pantries in their areas. Some operate food pantries of their own.
For over 20 years, the Presbyterian Church in Chaumont operated a food pantry out of the cellar of one of its parishioner’s homes. Two years ago, a freestanding building was purchased and placed on a cement slab next to the church. This has made operation of the food pantry much more convenient. This food pantry fed about 1,200 individuals last year. At Christmas, families are provided with Christmas dinner, food enough for a week, and fresh fruit, milk, bread, and eggs. In addition, each child receives gifts, including toys, new books, hats and mittens, and sweatshirts. The entire community is involved in this effort: people make hats and mittens all year, the library collects books, all the congregations collect food and presents, the local businesses provide drop-off points, and the Boy Scouts hold food drives. Those who help with the project are as blessed as those who benefit from it.
The Presbytery of Northern New York is home to 2,809 members of 36 congregations.
Let us join in prayer for:
Joan Merritt, administrative coordinator
Piet Visscher, stated clerk
George Davis, treasurer
Mary McGreevy, bookkeeper
Let us pray
Lord God, today in northern New York there are people who are hungry. We do not know who they are, but you do. Give them the courage to reach out to the food pantries in their communities. Let them be welcomed with your love so that not only their bodies but also their spirits are fed. Amen.