Wednesday, September 30
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Global Week of Action against Gun Violence / Season of Peace
“Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” (Luke 3:11)
Salem Presbytery serves the community as a connectional church by working together in mission with youth and adults.
Beginning in the summer of 2012, pastors and educators from eight congregations in Alamance County began providing meaningful local mission experiences through three intensive—and fun!—days of service. Dubbed Mission Madness, the program brings youth and adults together for a variety of service opportunities: preparing and serving food at the local shelter, assembling health kits, stocking a local elementary school’s food pantry, painting furniture, exploring sustainable gardening, and more.
Each summer includes a moment when we proclaim, “Now this is presbytery!” Our joy comes in working together! Each adult and youth comes ready to share God-given talents, do some good, and have a little fun. The blessings that come with Mission Madness are many: intentional planning as a team, energetic worship and prayer beginning and pervading each day, working to alleviate hunger in the community, middle schoolers working joyfully alongside mission-minded adults, eating together at day’s end in a different Presbyterian congregation, and mixing youth from different congregations in small work groups.
Why do we call it “madness”? Just imagine the logistical challenges of coordinating youth and adults from all walks of life during the summer morning hours. But it’s all worth it, and so we plan to keep the madness going each summer. We cherish your prayers.
Salem Presbytery is home to 144 congregations.
—Bryan McFarland, hunger action advocate and interim associate presbyter for east neighborhood
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Mark S. Brainerd, member, PMA Board
Samuel P. Marshall III, general presbyter
Mack Dagenhart, stated clerk
Dianna Wright, associate presbyter /African American advocate
Bryan McFarland, interim associate presbyter / hunger action advocate
Alfredo Miranda, Hispanic mission evangelist
Laurie Scott, office manager
Renee Carter, financial secretary
Peggy Trenchard, administrative assistant
Kim Nichols, administrative assistant
Chris Campbell, administrative assistant
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Rev. Robert Ratcliff, PPC
David Rauer, PMA
Let us pray
Gracious God, each day we encounter your gifts and the joys of engaging with your world. Orient our service to meet the needs of your creation. Outfit us with your love, and give us eyes to see that in serving we are most like Jesus, our brother and Savior, in whose name we offer this and every prayer. Amen.