Sisters in Christ,
Thank you for your generosity on December 6 at the PWPP Christmas Mission Luncheon in support of Covenant House. God continues to work among us through the leadership of Pricilla Peters, Mission Chair, through support of the Presbytery staff and with the radical hospitality of many at Oxford Presbyterian Church.
For many months, you have heard the phrase, “We are better together”. Churches within the Presbytery are engaged in new ministries to feed, teach and worship in amazing ways. Hope becomes real for others when tangible help is offered. Help comes when a passion for sharing God’s love overrides obstacles.
Lots has happened during 2014 for PW in the Presbytery of Philadelphia. Help for the Care Closet community is now being offered under the leadership of Grace Marable, PW Social Action representative. We hosted Lee Porter, artist of the Abiding Hope Bible Study, in April. You know we changed lives by collecting hundreds of purses for resale at a reasonable cost and heard much from speakers about the scourge of human trafficking. In the fall, Heeding God’s Call speaker, Bryan Miller, revealed ways to stop gun violence and honor victims. The Welcome Church received a 2014 Thank Offering and continues to deepen their relationship with the homeless community through worship, meals and outreach services.
In 2015, I encourage you to use your resources to minister as you can where you can. Connect with another group of women in your area to continue to change lives. Stay focused on what you can do right now. Take time to help once the need is established. Keep your community close in prayer. Daily lives are ever changing, and we need to keep the message of Jesus prominent in our daily encounters. Do not be discouraged by numbers. God knows who is called to serve and will empower them. Remember you are important to someone, someplace.Listen for angels. Rejoice in the Lord. God is near. Wishing all a blessed Christmas, janet w. brown, Moderator, PWPP [email protected]