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PC(USA) hymnwriter celebrates resourceful Hebrew midwives and laments the dangers immigrants face

Ahead of Sunday’s lectionary reading about the resourcefulness of Hebrew midwives Shiphrah and Puah, Presbyterian hymnwriter the Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette offers free of charge to any faith community while worshiping “There Came a Time in Egypt,” a hymn to the tune of “The Church’s One Foundation” that also “relates the kindness that we should share with refugees and immigrants to the holy disobedience of the Egyptian midwives to the orders of Pharaoh,” as Gillette puts it.

Jim Mead, passionate volunteer and newsman, dies at age 89

James Wilson Mead, a passionate volunteer and newsman and husband of the late and legendary Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly newsroom editor Jane Adelle (Thompson) Mead, died July 15 in Orinda, California, at age 89.