Join us on Wednesday, October 26th at the Wayne Theater for a showing of A Man Called Peter
Louisiana Flood Response
Friends, on behalf of the PDA National Call Center here are some opportunities for immediate response in Louisiana. The Shenandoah Presbytery Disaster Response Team is not organizing a trip at this time, but we are available to support any Mission Community or Congregation choosing to respond.
- Samaritans Purse is providing work and housing for volunteers in East Baton Rouge. http://spvolunteernetwork.samaritanspurse.org/south-central-louisiana-flood-response/
- WEROC, LTRG is waiting on grant funds but will be ready to take volunteer work teams for muck out and mold treatment once the water recedes. Volunteers will be housed at Bethel Baptist Church and work directly with the Pastor and his wife, Joe and Sharon Kelley.Joe Kelley (985) 335-5869, Sharon Kelley (423) 333-3158
- The Link below has information regarding donations and opportunities for local volunteers http://www.volunteerlouisiana.gov/volunteering/blog/
Please keep all of our sisters and brothers impacted by disaster in your prayers.
Shenandoah Presbytery Disaster Response Team
Luray Sunset Vespers – September 4th
Greetings from Luray! This e-mail is an open invitation to all the clergy and congregations of the Shenandoah Presbytery to join us at the Singing Tower for the last Sunset Vespers service for the summer of 2016. The services begin at 6:45 PM with a 15-minute carillon prelude and usually conclude at 7:30 PM. It’s a wonderful time to connect with folks around the area as well as newcomers to the area that are enjoying the natural wonders of the Shenandoah Valley.
Click on the links above and you’ll find a description of the instrument as well as a poster advertising the services. The service on Sept 4 will be led by John and Olivia Haney.
The following new officers were installed on June 19,2016
Trustee – Anne Wood
Elder – Cary Bennett, Jeannie Curry, Betty Dixon, Nancy Hypes
Deacon – Polly Bare, Bruce Bosselman, Mary Scott Miller, JoAnn Pannill
by the Rev. Laurie Ann Kraus | Associate Mission Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Mission Agency
Once again, Holy One, we cry, how long, O Lord?
We wonder, when will it be enough?
We pray you will forgive our society which tolerates violence,
Our fearful xenophobia, and our willingness to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to words and deeds of intolerance aimed at those “others” we fear are not like us.
The same lifeblood—the gift of a loving God—flows through all our veins, and spills out without regard to difference, staining the floors our places of fellowship, community, and learning.
staining our lives with sorrow, fear and regret.
Let the same heart beat as one among us, that we will draw together across these false divides,
And rise up as one to breathe peace where there is no peace,
and heal our communities and our world.
God of life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance,
As the sound of gunfire echoes across Orlando
we seek the grounding power of your love and compassion.
We open our hearts in anger, sorrow and hope:
For those who have been lost: brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends
Your children, enjoying an evening of music and friendship,
Whose lives were ended or maimed in a hail of hatred and gunfire
We pray for those who have been spared and those whose lives are changed forever
that they may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the hard days to come.
We give thanks for first responders:
who ran toward gunfire, rather than away
who dropped everything to save the wounded and comfort survivors
We pray for doctors and nurses and mental health providers
who repair what has been broken
who bring healing and hope in the face of the unchecked principalities and powers of violence.
God of the rainbow, once long ago, you stretched your light across the heavens to renew your covenant of peace with your people, you promised not to destroy.
Help us in these days to believe that promise, and to participate in it, and to treasure the life which it treasures.
In the wake of an event that should be impossible to contemplate
but which has become all too common in our experience,
open our eyes, break our hearts,
and turn our hands to the movements of your Spirit,
that our anger and sorrow may unite in service to build a reign of peace,
where the lion and the lamb may dwell together,
and terror no longer hold sway over our common life.
In the name of Christ, our healer and our Light, we pray, Amen.
The congregation attended an indoor picnic on June 8th and enjoyed listening to Reverend Elmarie Parker report on her ministry.
Greening Our Cities
A growing movement to reconcile natural and human communities may reflect a biblical vision for God’s creation.
by Rebecca Barnes
When I was a little girl, the tree in my backyard was the stage for my imagination. I spent hours by that tree, in a parcel of green, in the middle of a medium-sized city. I often didn’t wear shoes—perhaps fitting too nicely the stereotype of a young Kentuckian. I liked the feel of grass under my feet and the gnarled wood against my soles as I stood on my personal platform (a prominent root that surfaced a few feet from the tree). My dad had blackberries, corn, and tomatoes growing against the back fence. All of this somehow created a world where I could block out the noisy traffic of a major street—a stone’s throw from my back fence—and the constant rumble and whistle of trains.
I’ve stayed in the city but connected to the earth, finding places to encounter God, by finding trees and green wherever I can. These safe, peaceful places have given me blessed, private moments to collect my thoughts, utter prayers, and come back to my “center.”
Elmarie Parker is visiting the Shenandoah Presbytery June 8, 2016. She will be making presentations, answering questions of various congregations that she is visiting, and offering insights into the challenges facing Christians in today’s Syria, Iraq and Lebanon – and what the future may hold for those alongside whom she serves.
Rev. Parker also has some time for media availability on this same topic during her visit. She can share the personal experiences of her, and her husband Scott, and the Christians in the region as they work to strengthen the ties between Presbyterians in the United States and our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.
Her trip to the Waynesboro area is part of Rev. Parker’s annual visit to the United States. Supported by multiple Presbyterian congregations across the country, this year she is visiting those churches in the Southeast.