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The Opportunity to Be Courageous

Dear Good and Faithful Servants of the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery community, “When someone prays for courage, does God give them courage, or God give opportunities to be courageous?” This gem of a quote comes from Evan Almighty, a 2007 comedy film where Morgan Freeman plays God. While not my usual grab-bag for theological wisdom, I still found myself reaching for this…

A Summertime Prayer

Wow, is it really summer already??? The staff has been hard at work these last several months in overhauling our financial accounting systems, streamlining the operations of our teams and committees, and resourcing our pastors and ministries in challenges both unique and shared. We are excited about hosting another dynamic September education month, as well as our years long-awaited picnic…

Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health Care

Why are mental health awareness and mental health care important? While 14k die in the US from hunger each year, approximately 8 million die from mental health variances yearly, but this is not something we talk about. 67 percent of the homeless have mental health variances; if we can help stabilize people before they lose their homes, we are preventing homelessness instead…

Reflections on a Pilgrimage: Your Presbytery Leaders Respond

On March 28-31, Ryan Landino, Liz Kanerva, and Joy Myers all attended a pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama. They are so grateful for the opportunity to have experiences like this where they can be enriched in our work together!  What was this experience, and who went with you? Liz: “Last year, a group of PC(USA) Mid Council leaders caught the vision…

Youth Mission Trip

Have fun serving God while in fellowship with Church friends! Overnight or One-Day Mission Trip for Youth (going into 6th grade through graduating seniors).  Do you love campfires and smores or just want to put your hands and heart to good use for your neighbors? The Presbyterian Church of Washington is hosting a Youth Mission Trip to Bethels Hills in…

When Friends Mark Themselves Safe From Gun Violence: Three Questions for the Church

Yesterday, I was horrified to hear the news of yet another mass shooting, this time approximately two blocks from the national offices of the Presbyterian Church (USA), where our colleagues’ work was put on hold while they locked down their building and gathered to pray. We received messages on social media from our friends marking themselves safe from gun violence.…