The Homesteader - October 13,  2016
Faith, Hope, and Love
Rev. Steve Breazier
Many people struggle with high levels of anxiety in their daily lives. This anxiety can create a darkness in their lives that can be hard to overcome. However, in Paul's letter to the Phillippians, chapter 4, he wrote about using "Faith, hope, and love" and rejoice in the Lord to help overcome the darkness in our every day lives.  CLICK HERE   to read the article.
We Need More Hypocrites
The Presbyterian Outlook , Jill Duffield
"We need more hypocrites. We need more hypocrites rallying for the environment and we need more hypocrites in our pulpits, pews and seminaries."

This article examines how, even though all people, including Christians, act as hypocrites at times, that should not be used as an excuse to stop following Jesus. Allowing ourselves to be humble and honest about our weaknesses allows us to better serve God through our actions. It's a reminder that God sees value in us all, even with our flaws.  CLICK HERE  to read more!
Who's Who in the Homestead Presbytery
Rev. Dr. Alan Brehm
Hickman Presbyterian Church

Correction from previous Homesteader (September 29th, 2016): Rev. Charity Potter was listed as the pastor for Bancroft First Presbyterian Church. She is actually the Moderator of Session for Bancroft First Presbyterian Church and the Pastor for Wakefield Presbyterian and Thurston John Huss Presbyterian churches. I apologize for the error.
In this issue
Blessing Opportunity  2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) urges your support for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. The category 4 hurricane has already been blamed for hundreds of deaths and continued on a path of destruction toward the southeastern US coast. Earliest assessments confirm extensive damage in southwestern Haiti and eastern Cuba. There are three ways you can help:
GIVE: Financial donations can be given directly to your church, with the designation code DR000148.
ACT: CLICK HERE  for a Hurricane Matthew bulletin insert
Pray for those who suffered loss of family or home or for those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, and spiritual and psychological support.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month!
October is Clergy Appreciation Month!  How will you show your appreciation to your pastor?  Send an email to  and you will be anonymously added to a list on the Presbytery Facebook group.  No ideas? CLICK HERE  for ideas!
Outstanding Homesteader Application
Nominations are currently being accepted for the Robert Giles Outstanding Homesteader award, which honors clergy and laity in the Presbytery who have made outstanding contributions to church and community life. Nominations will be accepted through October 31st. 
Keep Thinking...
The only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. -Albert Schweitzer