Dear Presbytery Family,
 
We encourage you to cling to God’s Word and Spirit so that others see in our lives an exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world. This week, we are reminded that kindness is not only a quality we appreciate in others, it is also a way God works for good in the world. As Paul first wrote to believers in Galatia:

... The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. (Galatians 5:22-23)
 
Holy Ones, with courage and conviction, be kind to one another; in a world that sometimes encourages being mean-spirited and cruel. In this way we reflect the image of God:

... who is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. (Psalm 103:8)
Highlights to share this week include:

  • Our presbytery Nominations Team is actively inviting people to connect with others and participate in God’s work through opportunities for service with the presbytery in the coming year. Our website has more information including an application for service.  Click here to contact Patti Phillips, Chair of the Nominations Team, to explore new ways to serve with others.

  • Our Fall Stated Meeting will be held by Zoom on Tuesday, October 6, beginning at 9:30 a.m. It will include worship, introduction of new ministers, sharing of mission opportunities, and more. Click here for the recent notice about the meeting, and register using the online registration form

  • The presbytery has approved a new full-time presbytery leadership position.  Click here to see the new Ministry and Mission Coordination position description. More information about the search process will be available very soon.

  • We commend our congregations that are promoting ways to worship and honor God and also promote people’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not always popular to set high expectations and follow recommended practices for reducing the spread of the corona virus. It takes perseverance and steady reinforcement to avoid lapses into behaviors that raise the risk of spreading the disease. We are grateful for your effort to keep up the best practices that promote people’s well being and are suitable for your community setting. Our COVID-19 resources page continues to be updated so that we can support all of our churches, ministers and ministries. If you know of a resource that should be added, please email Marigrace Doran at your convenience.
Remember that you can visit our Prayer and Devotions page to request prayers for you, your church family, and your community. That same page provides access to daily lectionary readings.
 
As people of God, bearing fruit of the Spirit – which includes kindness – we extend this charge:
 
Go out into the world in peace. 
Have courage! 
Hold fast to what is good. 
Return no one evil for evil. 
Strengthen the faint-hearted, 
support the weak, 
help the suffering. 
Honor all people. 
Love and serve the Lord your God, 
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. 
Amen.
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