Many in the Synod of South Atlantic strive to make the most out of what “little” they have, knowing that their dependence must be placed on the Lord of the harvest for its increase. One such outreach is the Hope Garden ministry.
Hope Garden, a quarter-acre vegetable-and-citrus garden on the property of Port Orange(Florida) Presbyterian Church, exists for the sole purpose of helping to feed hungry local residents at the Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM
Morning Psalm 50
1The mighty one, God the LORD,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth.
3Our God comes and does not keep silence,
before him is a devouring fire,
and a mighty tempest all around him.
4He calls to the heavens above
December 11, 2013
Religion News Service
Adelle M. Banks
First, three U.S. regional groups of the Seventh-day Adventist Church voted in 2012 for women to be ordained.
A story from the 2014 Presbyterian ‘Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study’
December 10, 2013
Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study
the Rev. Kari Nicewander
PC(USA) mission co-worker in Zambia
When Naomi Daka was a child, there were no female pastors in her denomination. But the church was where she found joy, experienced God and sang songs of praise to her Creator.
Grant will fund initiatives to connect school, congregations
Special to Presbyterian News Service
Whitworth University Media Relations
Whitworth University has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to fund a new comprehensive church engagement initiative called The Ekklesia Project.
Originally written for the 2013 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study
W here do universal human rights begin?” Eleanor Roosevelt’s question concerns the crowning achievement of her public service. In 1947 she chaired a United Nations committee of members from various political, cultural, and religious backgrounds charged with drafting a human rights declaration for all the world’s peoples.
Over a year and 1,400 votes later, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10,
A second $1 million gift will fund the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s domestic ministries
Presbyterian Mission Agency
Funds Development Ministry
As the year winds to a close, the Presbyterian Mission Agency has received its second $1 million anonymous gift in 2013.
In keeping with the donor’s request, this gift will be directed toward the agency’s ministries within the United States. The earlier gift had been designated for international mission.
Reflection and Prayer by Anika Meldrum (college freshman)
1. Why are these two commandments the greatest?
2. How can we better model this type of love in the world today?
Reflection: God made us—every single one of us. And going further, God has blessed us with so much. Every bite we eat. Every step we take. Every sin forgiven. All (and so much more) are blessings from our Lord. Knowing that God has done so many wonderful, awesome, powerful, things in our lives, shouldn’t
Burgess urges church to recast membership as baptismal covenant
Presbyterian News Service
Jerry L. Van Marter
With the idea of membership meaning less and less in American culture and its churches, the Rev. John Burgess today suggested rethinking the theology of baptism as the key to recasting what membership means in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
December 9, 2013
by Esther Lee
On December 5, the Salvation Army in New York hosted a delightful holiday concert, presenting four singing Ambassadors. Little did anyone know that it would fall on the day one of the most revered men who symbolized unity and freedom would pass away. The news of Nelson Mandela’s death grieves us all. It made the concert even more meaningful, as he had committed his life to fighting for freedom and peace, which were precisely the messages that the Ambassadors promoted.
Caribbean, and learning about the current events in the region. She discussed happenings in the Caribbean and church’s ecumenical efforts to improve welfare.
In the beginning of her briefing, Jo Ella asked the attendees our immediate thoughts associated with the word “Caribbean”. The responses included natural disasters, African Diaspora, and corruption. The unsettling words came with shared aching hearts for the region’s history. A regrettable reality of the region that stood out to me was that the reference of “the Caribbean” does not hold in one major sense. The Caribbean is
On November 20, 2013, Presbyterian World Mission sponsored a Webinar discussing updates on the current situation in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. The purpose of the webinar was to learn how the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is responding to the people of the Philippines affected by the typhoon and how U.S. Presbyterians can faithfully and effectively be involved in the recovery.