Friday, September 27
Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence
The Presbytery of West Jersey
Faced with a hungry crowd numbering over 5,000 people, Jesus’ disciples wondered where they would find the resources to feed all of them. “How many loaves have you?” Jesus asked them. The answer to that question for West Jersey Presbytery is 61—the number of congregations in the presbytery. Each congregation and its members (11,954 of them in all!) are a resource for ministry and mission in the name of Jesus Christ.
The presbytery has made homelessness and hunger a mission priority. Many congregations throughout our seven counties are actively involved with Family Promise networks. They serve as hosts, housing and feeding homeless families for one-week stays four times a year. The presbytery provides funds both to congregations and to networks to address this vital need in rural and urban areas.
A presbytery-endorsed ministry that focuses not only on feeding the hungry but providing nutrition education is its first ever farmers’ market, in Camden. Youth from the city learn about healthy eating and receive free produce. The farmers’ market also provides fresh produce to clients of the Your Food Shelf pantry, thereby giving families increased access to healthy foods.
Many congregations within the presbytery work together to hold 30 Hour Famine fundraisers in which they learn about hunger—and then do something about it. They experience hunger for themselves while saving lives. They have raised $40,000 over six years.
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Dr. Deborah Brincivalli, executive presbyter
Rev. John T. Ash III, stated clerk
Donna Cook, administrative associate
Kathryn M. Repici, administrative associate
Beth Thomas, administrative associate of accounting
Rev. Wendy Boer, consultant for congregational life
Rev. Ellie Cowherd, consultant for congregational life
Rev. Carlos Rivera, Tres Iglesias
Let us pray
O God, you have placed abundant resources in our midst—loaves abound! Help us to see the resources we have instead of fretting over what we perceive we lack. May we trust you to multiply the resources you have placed in our hands, to the glory of your name. Amen.