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.  
If you love me; you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever. … Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
 — John 14:15-16, 27
Lord God, in this time of Lent, let us strive to fill our whole selves with the power of the Holy Spirit to give us the peace that enables us not to be afraid of evil. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.

From the PCUSA Lenten Devotional 2021 - The Way to Shalom

This week we join together in prayer for:

Mikesville Presbyterian Church
  • Shirley Mergan, CRE
  • Members who have suffered severe accidents
  • Thanksgiving for worship shared together in the midst of isolation and separation and the love and support for one another
  • Hope as we await the day when we can all return to worship together and our grandchildren can once again join us in worship and Sunday School
Larger Church
  • March 7 is “Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday” - resources are available through the PCUSA website 

Ministry Partner
  • Presbyterian Women - moderator Daryl Mullee and the members of the Coordinating Team of the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery
Resources and Opportunities
Summer Camp 2021
Registration for Camp Montgomery’s Summer Camp 2021 is now open! Visit their website and register today. Watch for details on Family Camp coming soon!  

“Viruses, Vaccines, and Variants - Oh My!” 
Thank you to Lisa Allgood, Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of Cincinnati, for sharing her expertise on COVID and its implications for our congregations. Here is a link to the recording of “Viruses, Vaccines, and Variants - Oh My!” from last Monday evening (after clicking on the video link, enter passcode ^sp3R+rW). Lisa also shared additional resources that are available on our COVID-19 Resource page.

Support for PDA
Did you know that the One Great Hour of Sharing offering is shared with PDA and thereby supports our sister presbyteries in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma where churches were destroyed by frozen pipes and water damage during the recent winter storms? Show your support through the One Great Hour of Sharing or a direct donation to PDA.
Upcoming Events
  • March 5-7, 2021 - NEXT Church Gathering - Breaking, Blessing, Building - a free, virtual gathering of church leaders from around the world to inspire and challenge us to grow and act so that the Church and the world will never be the same again. 

  • Tuesday, April 27 – 3:00-4:30 p.m. - Leading the Church into the Post COVID World, a Church Leaders’ Forum sponsored by the Synod of South Atlantic via Zoom. The timely topic is and will be led by author and seminary professor, The Rev. Tod Bolsinger. (link to PDF coming)

  • Tuesday, May 4 – 9:30 a.m. - Presbytery Spring 2021 Stated Meeting via Zoom. 

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.