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Presbytery of New Hope

North Carolina

Sharing food and fellowship at Milner’s annual pancake supper Courtesy of Aaron Bridgman


Sharing food and fellowship at Milner’s annual pancake supper


Courtesy of Aaron Bridgman


Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church has found that “God isn’t finished with us yet!” As a small, elderly congregation, we wondered if we had a future. Though some longed for the “good ol’ days” of the 1960s church, we were determined to think in new ways. We began to claim and welcome the socioeconomic and racial diversity of our neighborhood as an asset and a gift from God. Undergirded by prayer, we became intentional about renewal.

God began to surprise us. As our older members passed away, new visitors began to fill their places. A young adult volunteered to enhance and update our sound system and website. And God blessed us with a young new music director and organist, who is teaching us to sing with joy both traditional and new music.

New energy and a sense of hope helped us begin to move forward in exciting ways. East Raleigh Fellowship, which was launched with a 1001grant from the PC(USA), provides an informal alternative service led by a newly elected elder. Through relationship building, Santuario, a Spanish-speaking congregation that meets at the church, is in the process of becoming Presbyterian. Santuario has received a 1001 grant to assist it toward that goal.

Milner is now joyfully becoming one church in three fellowships. Together, we share our building, our resources, and our prayers and encouragement for one another. We embrace the new face that God has given us.

Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church is one of 123 congregations in the Presbytery of New Hope.

—Aleta Ash, pastor, Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Theodore E.“Ted” Churn , executive presbyter / stated clerk
René Baker, administrative assistant
Christine Kelson, office manager and assistant to executive presbyter / stated clerk
Terry Lamberson, associate executive, finance/NCD
Rev. Gun Ho Lee, associate for multicultural ministries
Fred Mangeni, associate for multicultural ministries
Rev. Julio Ramirez-Eve, associate for Hispanic ministries

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Gloria Powell, BOP
Carolyn Pressley, BOP

Let us pray

God of new beginnings and second chances, we thank you for never giving up on us. We thank you for the blessing of diversity that calls us to be a truly multiracial, multicultural church. Keep our hearts and minds ever open to welcoming all your children into our communities of faith. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 62; 145
First Reading 2 Kings 17:24-41
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 7:25-31
Gospel Reading Matthew 6:25-34
Evening Psalms 73; 9

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