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A community in Upcountry Maui that endured a wildfire at the same time as Lahaina is receiving a helping hand from concerned Presbyterians who are answering the call to donate to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA).
While the Rev. Dr. John Wilkinson appreciates that all large organizations have “many moving parts that all work together” — just as the Apostle Paul’s scriptural metaphor of the “one body” would have it — he did not expect that his family would be among those parts that kept moving.
While they may not agree on pumpkin or pecan, the youth group of First Presbyterian Church of Aberdeen in Washington knows that the way to their congregation’s heart is through its stomach.
For the past decade, the Presbyterian Giving Catalog has offered individuals, churches, and communities ways to contribute to causes across the globe according to their unique interests and passions. For one school in California — and the church that surrounds it — this past year’s Giving Catalog offered a whole new way to make Christmas meaningful.
The ministry areas of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and offices of the PC(USA) practiced being good neighbors in the marketplace at this week’s Association for Partners in Christian Education event. APCE’s Marketplace, which features a bookstore and informational resources from various denominations, seminaries, and church-adjacent non-profits, is a major attraction at the annual event.
While it’s not just any pastor who can effectively attend to more than one flock at a time, in more than 60 years of ordained ministry, the Rev. Rex E. Wentzel always managed to look after at least two “flocks” at once.
Church members and chickens.
At its recent meeting, the Presbytery of Boise invited congregations and denominational partners to display their mission activities in a presbytery-wide mission fair. To add some fun and competition, meeting participants were given a scavenger hunt list to track down answers that could be found only on the tables or by asking the mission fair participants.
When it comes to people’s proclivity to pile up possessions, Jane MacDonald couldn’t agree more strongly with Jesus.
“We all have enough stuff!” she said emphatically.
When bestselling author Debbie Macomber famously observed, “I love the way knitting brings people together,” she might just as well have been writing about the Presbyterian Women (PW) of First Presbyterian Church, Batavia, New York.
Registration for Stewardship Kaleidoscope is still underway, with a July 31 early-bird registration deadline approaching for the Sept. 26-28 event to be held in Savannah, Georgia.