Dear Presbytery Family,

Have you stopped reading messages related to COVID-19? Amid the COVID-19 daily news and details, we don’t have much new to say this week.

Churches continue to make decisions about when and how to meet in ways that reduce risks and take into account the spiritual and physical well-being of people. A growing number of congregations have people they know and love who are dealing first-hand with the disease. Once again, we recognize that our unity in Christ helps us respect and deepen relationships with people who may disagree with each other about the decisions we face. This unity and mutual forbearance continues to be part of the witness to God’s grace that we offer amid the political enmity promoted by our society.

Things to share and celebrate this week include:
  • The first electronic presbytery meeting, with limited business, will be on Tuesday, July 28th, at 6:00 pm. Click here to see the most recent notice with links to the meeting materials and to register by Monday at noon. The final opportunity to join in a Zoom practice and training session will be Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Click here for details on the training.

  • Our Prayer and Devotion page is a place to make prayer requests and access daily lectionary readings.

  • Our COVID-19 resources page contains ideas for a vibrant congregational witness in this season as well as considerations for when and how to hold in person services and activities in the church building. Many of our congregations are holding Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer by virtual means, using creative and fun learning methods. We will be sharing stories about that in the coming weeks. 

  • Montgomery Presbyterian Conference Center is beginning a fourth week of summer camp with children and youth.

  • The second electronic presbytery meeting will be on Tuesday, August 25th, at 6:00 pm. Save the date for now and watch for an email with details and a link to pre-register.

Striving to lead lives worthy of the Gospel, we invite you to:
Go out into the world in peace;
have courage;
hold on to what is good;
return to no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak, and help the suffering;
honor all people;
love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Diane Wilson, Chair of Coordinating Council
Edd Norris, Moderator of the Presbytery
Sandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk
Chris Lieberman, Relationship Coordination Director
On Behalf of the Coordinating Council