Friday, September 20
The Presbytery of the Palisades
Photo: Steven McClelland
In the fall of 2011, six Presbyterian churches in the Presbytery of the Palisades were approached with the idea of hosting a concert to raise money for Children of Uganda. This organization works with local nongovernmental organizations and community groups to address the needs of Uganda’s most vulnerable population—children. Uganda’s AIDS epidemic, extreme poverty, and decades of civil conflict have left its country with more than 2.4 million orphans.
One of the ways that Children of Uganda is raising money is through the talents of Ugandan children who tour around the United States in the Tour of Light. Combining dance, testimony, and music, these young people have been delighting audiences and impressing reviewers around the globe.
Through the Tour of Light, Children of Uganda raises not only worldwide attention about the effects of AIDS but also the capital necessary to build orphanages and schools that offer hope to the coming generation.
On Friday, February 3, 2012, the First Presbyterian Church of Hackensack, in connection with the Leonia, Englewood, Tenafly, Ramsey, and Norwood Presbyterian congregations, packed the house. All 350 tickets were sold. The night brought together not only six houses of Presbyterian worship but also the several towns and school districts within Bergen County that helped promote the concert. Over $8,000 was raised that night. It was the second highest grossing concert in their touring history.
The presbytery is home to 7,226 members of 49 congregations and six fellowship groups, and also has a Hispanic ministry team.
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Bruce Tischler, transformational presbyter
Maha B. Faragalla, mission and ministry communicator/coordinator
Cynthia Cummings, bookkeeper
Rev. Gregory Keosian, stated clerk
Elder Barbara Ryder, presbytery moderator
Let us pray
However small they may be, may our efforts proclaim God’s kingdom plan—life out of death. May our words and actions bring a smile to the One who smiles upon us all. May what we do be something that lifts up rather than tears down. May those who seek, find, and may those who find, share. In the name of the One who shared everything! Amen.