Dear Presbytery Family,

Stay Connected each week by joining in prayer for one of our churches, one of our mission partnerships, and a part of the larger church. Stay Connected through opportunities for spiritual growth and resources to strengthen our commitment as a Matthew 25 Presbytery. Stay Connected through updates from presbytery meetings and the Coordinating Council.  
Call us and equip us, God of the covenant, and help us create a culture of unity, diversity and inclusion where everyone is of one heart and soul and working together for the common good, for your sake. Enable our fifty-six congregations to thrive and grow together in faithfulness to your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Unite us and empower us as we create a strong missional focus, demonstrating your love to all generations. Accept our gifts for your glory, O God. We make our prayer in the strong name of Jesus, Amen. (Based on the goals outlined by the Presbytery of St. Augustine)  
— Jerie Lukefahr, Moderator-Elect of the Presbytery

This week we join together in prayer for:

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (
  • Pastor Marc Jones, members of session, and the congregation
Ministry Partner
  • Montgomery Center - Monica Williams - Executive Director; Zach Leopold - Director of Operations; Cory Deemer - Outdoor Education Instructor; Jared Lane - Culinary Director; Doris Tyler - Kitchen Manager, Matt Ware - Maintenance Director; and for the members of the Board of Trustees of Montgomery Center

  • Montgomery Center is requesting children's Bibles or Bible storybooks to share with the children attending camp programs. Contact Monica Williams at or (352) 473-4516 to discuss donations.

Larger Church
  • February 28 is Camp & Conference Ministries Sunday - pray for the mission of camp ministry in the PC(USA) and all who support it with their time and talents; that we may continue to find new ways to offer these gifts to all who gather to encounter your love through camping

  • Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Susan Rose, Parish Associate for Memorial Presbyterian Church, on completing her D.Min. degree on February 12, 2021!
Resources and Opportunities
Lenten Spiritual Tools
St. Giles Presbyterian Church has TWO online interactive activities for Lent, created by Rev. Jessi Higginbotham. Read more about them on our website:

Sacred Ordinary Days shared a Lenten Playlist on Spotify

Payroll Protection Program
Churches are reminded of the availability of a (forgivable) Payroll Protection Program loan based on qualifications described at: The SBA website gives March 31 as the deadline for applying for a first or second PPP loan through the church's lender/bank.

Employment Opportunities
Opportunities for pastoral positions at our churches are listed on our classifieds page.
Coordinating Council Highlights
Coordinating Council highlights from February 18:

  • The Spring Stated Meeting will be held by Zoom on May 4, 2021.

  • Acts 4:32-35 will be the scripture theme for our work and worship together and for our 2021 Spring and Fall Stated Meetings as well as the 2022 Winter Stated Meeting.

  • We will make plans to stream presbytery worship if possible.

  • We are actively looking for folks to fill vacancies on our commissions and teams, including Presbytery and Montgomery Trustees, Care and Reconciliation Team, Communications Team, Personnel Team, and Mutual Mission Team. To learn more and apply, click here.

Edd Norris, Chair of Coordinating Council
Joe Albright, Moderator of the Presbytery
Holly Dillon Inglis, Ministry & Mission Coordinator
Sandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk
On Behalf of the Coordinating Council
Previous Staying Connected emails are available on our website.