Sunday, November 19, 2017

In the News ... "Abilene Church News"


• Today and in the week ahead

Staff Report
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - From the Reporter-News, news of services, special events and programs from Abilene-area houses of faith ...

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In the News ... "San Angelo Faith Briefs"


• This weekend, and in the week ahead

Staff Report
San Angelo Standard Times


SAN ANGELO, TEXAS - From the Standard-Times, news of special events and programs from Concho Valley houses of faith ...

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In the News ... "Church News"

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• Today and in the days ahead, in Odessa-area houses of worship

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Coming events include worship services, classes, Bible studies, community outreach, mission opportunities and more ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

TO MARY VAN DEUSEN: On the difference between wordless prayer and the practice of the presence of God (the spirituality of the seventeenth century Carmelite, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection); on loving others too much; and on what time of day to pray.

25 November 1952

No, by wordless prayer I didn’t mean the practice of the Presence of God. I meant the same mental act as in verbal prayer only without the words. The Practice of the Presence is a much higher activity. I don’t think it matters much whether an absolutely uninterrupted recollection of God’s presence for a whole lifetime is possible or not. A much more frequent and prolonged recollection than we have yet reached certainly is possible. Isn’t that enough to work on? A child learning to walk doesn’t need to know whether it will ever be able to walk 40 miles in a day: the important thing is that it can walk to-morrow a little further and more steadily than it did to-day.

I don’t think we are likely to give too much love and care to those we love. We might put in active care in the form of assistance when it would be better for them to act on their own: i.e., we might be busybodies. Or we might have too much ‘care’ for them in the sense of anxiety. But we never love anyone too much: the trouble is always that we love God, or perhaps some other created being, too little.

As to the ‘state of the world’ if we have time to hope and fear about it, we certainly have time to pray. I agree it is very hard to keep one’s eyes on God amid all the daily claims and problems. I think it wise, if possible, to move one’s main prayers from the last-thing-at-night position to some earlier time: give them a better chance to infiltrate one’s other thoughts.

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
Compiled in Yours, Jack

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 19, 2017

MINUTE FOR MISSION: HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS SUNDAY - “Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless.” (Isaiah 58:7a)

Like thousands of Presbyterian congregations across the country, the church I serve in Albuquerque, La Mesa Presbyterian Church, knows the reality of food insecurity in the community surrounding the church and among our members. Recent studies indicate that 70,000 New Mexicans seek food every week and some 27 percent of children in the state suffer as a result of food insecurity. Our neighborhood is a lower-income area, so every child at the adjacent elementary school qualifies for a free breakfast and lunch daily, from the federally funded National School Lunch Progra ...

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

The letter and spirit of scripture, and of all Christianity, forbid us to suppose that life in the New Creation will be a sexual life; and this reduces our imagination to the withering alternative either of bodies which are hardly recognisable as human bodies at all or else of a perpetual fast. As regards the fast, I think our present outlook might be like that of a small boy who, on being told that the sexual act was the highest bodily pleasure should immediately ask whether you ate chocolates at the same time. On receiving the answer ‘No,’ he might regard absence of chocolates as the chief characteristic of sexuality. In vain would you tell him that the reason why lovers in their carnal raptures don’t bother about chocolates is that they have something better to think of. The boy knows chocolate: he does not know the positive thing that excludes it. We are in the same position. We know the sexual life; we do not know, except in glimpses, the other thing which, in Heaven, will leave no room for it. Hence where fullness awaits us we anticipate fasting. In denying that sexual life, as we now under- stand it, makes any part of the final beatitude, it is not of course necessary to suppose that the distinction of sexes will disappear. What is no longer needed for biological purposes may be expected to survive for splendour. Sexuality is the instrument both of virginity and of conjugal virtue; neither men nor women will be asked to throw away weapons they have used victoriously. It is the beaten and the fugitives who throw away their swords. The conquerors sheathe theirs and retain them. ‘Trans-sexual’ would be a better word than ‘sexless’ for the heavenly life.

From Miracles
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 18, 2017

MILK WITH DIGNITY PROJECT - Presbyterians are celebrating another significant victory for migrant workers’ justice, as the ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s has agreed to sign on to the Milk with Dignity Program , a campaign to improve conditions for migrant workers in the dairy industry ...

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Friday, November 17, 2017

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "Restoring Hope After She Lost Her Mother"

Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations. Headquartered in Irvine, California, FWM works around the world in partnership with a vast network of humanitarian, faith-based and government organizations, sending wheelchairs to hundreds of thousands of disabled people, providing not only the gift of mobility, but of dignity, independence, and hope.



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Friday Story: "Restoring Hope After She Lost Her Mother"

Anita lives in Guatemala. She was born with cerebral palsy and half of her body is paralyzed. Though she is able to walk short distances, she couldn’t leave the house very often, but that never dampened her exuberance. Anita was always brimming with love, thanks to her loving mother, who had been her primary caretaker for most of her life.

Sadly, Anita’s mother passed away in 2015 ...

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"No Room at the Inn" ... Tomorrow at Grace Presbyterian-Midland


We invite everyone to come out and experience the true meaning of Christmas. Close to 300 Nativity scenes from around the world will be displayed for your viewing pleasure.

Take time out from your busy schedule to be overcome with the joyful and rejoiceful feelings Christ’s birth brings us. This is a great event to be experienced by the whole family!

While the nativity displays are certainly the focus of the day, there is so much more to enjoy, as well ... including festive holiday treats and plenty of warm seasonal fellowship. Proceeds raised by this annual event benefit Family Promise of Midland, an interfaith hospitality network and partnership of congregations around the Midland community helping families who are facing homelessness.


Family Promise of Midland proudly presents:
"No Room At The Inn"
A collection of Nativity scenes and
displayed from around the world!
Saturday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at Grace Presbyterian Church,
2801 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

“Peter,” said Lucy, “where is this, do you suppose?”. . . “If you ask me,” said Edmund, “it’s like somewhere in the Narnian world. Look at those mountains ahead—and the big ice-mountains beyond them. Surely they’re rather like the mountains we used to see from Narnia, the ones up Westward beyond the Waterfall?”. . .

“And yet they’re not like,” said Lucy. “They’re different. They have more colors on them and they look further away than I remembered and they’re more . . . more . . . oh, I don’t know . . .”

“More like the real thing,” said the Lord Digory softly. . . .

“But how can it be?” said Peter. “For Aslan told us older ones that we should never return to Narnia, and here we are.”

“Yes,” said Eustace. “And we saw it all destroyed and the sun put out.”

“And it’s all so different,” said Lucy.

“The Eagle is right,” said the Lord Digory. “Listen, Peter. When Aslan said you could never go back to Narnia, he meant the Narnia you were thinking of. But that was not the real Narnia. That had a beginning and an end. It was only a shadow or a copy of the real Narnia which has always been here and always will be here: just as our own world, England and all, is only a shadow or copy of something in Aslan’s real world. You need not mourn over Narnia, Lucy. All of the old Narnia that mattered, all the dear creatures, have been drawn into the real Narnia through the Door. And of course it is different; as different as a real thing is from a shadow or as waking life is from a dream.” His voice stirred everyone like a trumpet as he spoke these words: but when he added under his breath “It’s all in Plato, all in Plato: bless me, what do they teach them at these schools!” the older ones laughed. It was so exactly like the sort of thing they had heard him say long ago in that other world where his beard was grey instead of golden. He knew why they were laughing and joined in the laugh himself. But very quickly they all became grave again: for, as you know, there is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes. . . .

It was the Unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling. He stamped his right fore-hoof on the ground and neighed, and then cried:

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now. The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that it sometimes looked a little like this. Bree-hee-hee! Come further up, come further in!”

From The Last Battle
Compiled in A Year with Aslan

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Photo by Ryan Althaus
Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 17, 2017

SWEATY SHEEP NEW WORSHIPING COMMUNITY - Michael Pate, who is homeless, recently experienced what he couldn’t imagine.

“I never thought anyone could fall in love with me,” he said. “But I feel full of something right now. That’s the closest I can come to labeling it.”

In what is believed to be a first for a camp and conference center in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Zephyr Point on Lake Tahoe held a five-night healing and learning retreat for a group of homeless, physically and developmentally disabled people and “at-risk” young adults ...

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

In the News ... “Rays of Hope commemorates 'Blue Day” for children’s grief"

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Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Children’s Grief Awareness Day – also known as “Blue Day” – is being observed locally by wearing blue. The day -- which is recognized by the National Alliance for Grieving Children – is the third Thursday in November.

Rays of Hope Children’s Grief Center is asking Midlanders to wear blue to raise awareness for grieving children ...

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In the News ... "From A to Z: Ellie Hamby faithfully travels from Abilene to Zambia"

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• Relationship with Zambia Mission dates to 1980

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - Some people may wonder how Ellie Hamby gets it all done — traveling twice a year to Zambia to help run a medical mission, raising funds for the mission when she’s in Abilene, and even finding time to hang an exhibit of her photographs from the seven continents at Center for Contemporary Art.

Hamby is 76, and so is her good friend Sandra Hazelip, a doctor of geriatric medicine in Abilene. In four years, they have something special planned to celebrate their 80th birthdays.

“When we are 80,” Hamby said, “we’re going around the world in 80 days.”

So, what’s the secret? ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

On the Holy Spirit

It is as if a sort of communal personality came into existence. Of course, it is not a real person: it is only rather like a person. But that is just one of the differences between God and us. What grows out of the joint life of the Father and Son is a real Person, is in fact the Third of the three Persons who are God.

This third Person is called, in technical language, the Holy Ghost or the “spirit” of God. Do not be worried or surprised if you find it (or Him) rather vaguer or more shadowy in your mind than the other two. I think there is a reason why that must be so. In the Christian life you are not usually looking at Him: He is always acting through you. If you think of the Father as some- thing “out there,” in front of you, and of the Son as someone standing at your side, helping you to pray, trying to turn you into another son, then you have to think of the third Person as something inside you, or behind you. Perhaps some people might find it easier to begin with the third Person and work backwards. God is love, and that love works through men—especially through the whole community of Christians. But this spirit of love is, from all eternity, a love going on between the Father and Son.

From Mere Christianity
Compiled in Words to Live By

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 16, 2017

500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION - Throughout 2017, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Reformed churches worldwide have been commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, celebrating the day in late October 1517 when Martin Luther unknowingly spurred a radical movement by posting his 95 theses at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany ...

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WAW Wednesday ... "Bittersweet news to share"


"The Word at Work is a ministry that mobilizes churches and individuals to answer God's call to minister to those in need," writes Rev. Tim Tam, Director of the Amarillo, Texas-based ministry. "Through our relationships, God reveals needs and opportunities for service. As we come along side the poor, new friendships develop and doors for ministry open. As we serve, God provides the resources to supply for the needs he reveals."


WAW Wednesday: "Bittersweet news to share"

At The Word at Work we find ourselves in a new season ...

I'm happy and sad to say that Tim Hagen will no longer be employed by The Word at Work. God's plan for him is taking him in a new direction. We've been discussing it in secret for some time now, so it is no surprise to me, but the time is now here.

When I came to Amarillo in 1991 to interview for a job, I met Tim the very first day. And when I moved my family to Amarillo, the first meal we had was with the Hagen Family when Tim was only 13 years old.

The very first trip I took to Belize in 1996, Tim participated as a high school student. After he graduated from college I performed his wedding.

Tim has been on staff with TWAW for 10 of our 15 years and has played a major role in the development of our ministry. This is the bitter sweet part. I imagined we would always be working together. But I do know that God loves him even more than I do and I trust His plan for Tim and his family.

Here are Tim's words to you all:


Friends,

After 10 great years at The Word at Work, God is leading me and my family in a new direction. This decision is a mutual realization come to by Tim Tam and myself and has resulted in both sadness and excitement. Sadness because of what must come to an end, and excitement for what lies ahead.

As of November 15th, I will no longer be employed by TWAW. I have truly loved working for TWAW because it has allowed me to provide direct help for people in need. I have enjoyed getting to travel to Belize and meet so many great people. I have met people who have inspired me and demonstrated for me what it means to live the Christian life. And I have experienced God’s love and mercy through these friends' compassion and care for me. I have also loved the companionship of TWAW’s staff, our closeness, and the fun we have as we serve together.


I expect to continue traveling to Belize (I’m planning to go in April); and, I also expect to continue supporting TWAW and being involved in the ministry. But, the income needed to support our family will need to come from other places. I will move from being a staff member to being one of the hundreds of enthusiastic supporters of TWAW (like you!) who have been touched by Belize and our vision for ministry.

I am excited about my future, and what God is doing in my life and the life of my family. I will be returning to work as a carpenter with an eye towards developing a furniture business. Before my time at TWAW I attended the College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture School (now the Krenov School of Fine Woodworking), and I have continued to build small pieces during these past 10 years. Below are examples of pieces I have built.



I would really appreciate your prayers as I risk starting a new business, and try to follow God’s leading.

I am also excited about the future of the TWAW, and I would remind myself, and us all, that “...all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28) Let’s wait expectantly to see what God has in store for us.

My new email address will be timhagen@gmail.com. Please keep in touch (especially if you or someone you know needs some carpentry work), and keep supporting TWAW.

Many Thanks!

Tim Hagen
#wearethewordatwork



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Each year we do our best to share the Gift of Christmas with our partners in Belize -- retelling the story of old is a privilege -- and just one of the ways we share joy with the kids from King's Children's Home. Please pray about sharing that joy through your financial gifts to our Christmas Project.

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Perhaps you'd make a gift in honor of a loved one to The Word at Work's Christmas Project as a creative and meaningful alternative. We'll send a lovely card to whomever you'd like announcing your gift. Thank you for helping us spread Christmas Joy in Belize!

Please join us in making Christmas 2017 bright, beautiful, and joyful. Thank you SO much!



Kenny & Matt's Epic Road Trip Continues ....

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So many friends have hosted Kenny and Matt (and Tim) throughout the month of October -- thank you! They've made new friends and there's a lot of excitement about possible vision trips in 2018! Kenny and Matt will make their way back to Amarillo later this week -- with a couple of engagements in Midland & Lubbock & Amarillo yet to come before Kenny heads back to Belize. Please keep them in your prayers!



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We're having too much fun going through these old pix -- can you believe this is from 2002? Who do you recognize here? Please share your pix with us on ou Facebook page: @TWAWMinistry

Blessings,
Mollie
#wearethewordatwork




EDITOR'S NOTE: Speaking from my own first-hand experience - working side-by-side with Tim, Kenny and our brothers and sisters in Belize - won't you give thoughtful, prayerful consideration to supporting the efforts of Tim, the Word At Work staff and their partners? Please please fill out this Commitment Card and return it to their office!

Also, remember that you can follow The Word At Work on their Facebook page!


Invitation to Prayer from Faces of Children ... TODAY

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Their mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, they seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).

Invitation to Prayer ... TODAY

Hi Friends,

If you're in town and free, please join us to pray together on Wednesday - TODAY - at 11:00 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas.

Please note the new time. We are trying this for one semester so that we have less time conflict with the new women's Bible study that is starting on Wednesdays at 11:30.

Also, Faces of Children is now on Facebook! I invite you to like our page so that you can see regular stories, prayer needs, and updates from partner ministries.

All the best,

Carrie



You have searched me, Lord,and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn,if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
Psalm 139:1-12


Dear Intercessors,

Some stories don't make the news... and the private stories of grief and fear; loss and sorrow don't often make headlines. Each week some of the high school students who come to our building for lunch fill out little prayer cards, giving us a glimpse into their private stories. Here are a few of them, in their own words:

I need a prayer request for God to bring someone to love me and for a job and to take all my pain away.

I am currently homeless and would like to be prayed for.

Pray for my grandpa to get better with his cancer and that God can take it away. His name is Manuel.

Please pray for my loving mother, Helen, and my father in Heaven, Jerome.

Sometimes, as I'm helping refill sodas and pass out napkins to the students filing past, I make eye contact with a few of them. Are you the one who is homeless? I wonder. Is your little brother/grandpa/dad the one fighting cancer? Are you going to have dinner tonight? They don't have signs on their shirts identifying their individual burdens and stories, but somehow the weight they are carrying on their shoulders seems as tangible as the heaviest of backpacks.


We may not know their stories, but we know the One who does. And it's certainly not just these students. This week, will you pray with me for God's Holy Spirit to reveal how He would have you minister to the people he puts in your path? He can reveal the hidden things and make what is in the dark come to the light. He can give us insight and God-perspective and His Father's heart for those we encounter. And as we walk in the power of this knowledge and speak truth and love to the brokenhearted, we are part of His redemptive plan; bringing His children safely to His lap, laying them at the feet of Jesus.

Praying with you,
Carrie

PS: If you wish to receive a weekly list of prayer requests from Midland High Students, please let me know.

Carrie J. McKean
Faces of Children Director
First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas
(432) 684-7821 x153



If you have prayer requests about children, those who care for them, those who have authority over them, or those who harm them (the really hard prayers to say sometimes), please send them to info@facesofchildren.net

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

Prudence means practical common sense, taking the trouble to think out what you are doing and what is likely to come of it. Nowadays most people hardly think of Prudence as one of the ‘virtues’. In fact, because Christ said we could only get into His world by being like children, many Christians have the idea that, provided you are ‘good’, it does not matter being a fool. But that is a misunderstanding. In the first place, most children show plenty of ‘prudence’ about doing the things they are really interested in, and think them out quite sensibly. In the second place, as St Paul points out, Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves’, but also ‘as wise as serpents’. He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim. The fact that you are giving money to a charity does not mean that you need not try to find out whether that charity is a fraud or not. The fact that what you are thinking about is God Himself (for example, when you are praying) does not mean that you can be content with the same babyish ideas which you had when you were a five-year-old. It is, of course, quite true that God will not love you any the less, or have less use for you, if you happen to have been born with a very second-rate brain. He has room for people with very little sense, but He wants every one to use what sense they have.

From Mere Christianity
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Photo by Emily Enders Odom
Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 15, 2017

FREEDOM RISING INITIATIVE - Freedom Rising, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) initiative “to address and improve the worsening plight of the African-American male,” has received gifts totaling $78,461 from a Pittsburgh-based charitable foundation, two mid councils and an offering collected at a Presbyterian collegiate conference ...

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"No Room at the Inn" ... This week at Grace Presbyterian-Midland


We invite everyone to come out and experience the true meaning of Christmas. Close to 300 Nativity scenes from around the world will be displayed for your viewing pleasure.

Take time out from your busy schedule to be overcome with the joyful and rejoiceful feelings Christ’s birth brings us. This is a great event to be experienced by the whole family!

While the nativity displays are certainly the focus of the day, there is so much more to enjoy, as well ... including festive holiday treats and plenty of warm seasonal fellowship. Proceeds raised by this annual event benefit Family Promise of Midland, an interfaith hospitality network and partnership of congregations around the Midland community helping families who are facing homelessness.


Family Promise of Midland proudly presents:
"No Room At The Inn"
A collection of Nativity scenes and
displayed from around the world!
Saturday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at Grace Presbyterian Church,
2801 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas

Invitation to Prayer from Faces of Children ... Tomorrow

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Their mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, they seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).

Invitation to Prayer ... Tomorrow

Hi Friends,

If you're in town and free, please join us to pray together on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas.

Please note the new time. We are trying this for one semester so that we have less time conflict with the new women's Bible study that is starting on Wednesdays at 11:30.

Also, Faces of Children is now on Facebook! I invite you to like our page so that you can see regular stories, prayer needs, and updates from partner ministries.

All the best,

Carrie



You have searched me, Lord,and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn,if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
Psalm 139:1-12


Dear Intercessors,

Some stories don't make the news... and the private stories of grief and fear; loss and sorrow don't often make headlines. Each week some of the high school students who come to our building for lunch fill out little prayer cards, giving us a glimpse into their private stories. Here are a few of them, in their own words:

I need a prayer request for God to bring someone to love me and for a job and to take all my pain away.

I am currently homeless and would like to be prayed for.

Pray for my grandpa to get better with his cancer and that God can take it away. His name is Manuel.

Please pray for my loving mother, Helen, and my father in Heaven, Jerome.

Sometimes, as I'm helping refill sodas and pass out napkins to the students filing past, I make eye contact with a few of them. Are you the one who is homeless? I wonder. Is your little brother/grandpa/dad the one fighting cancer? Are you going to have dinner tonight? They don't have signs on their shirts identifying their individual burdens and stories, but somehow the weight they are carrying on their shoulders seems as tangible as the heaviest of backpacks.


We may not know their stories, but we know the One who does. And it's certainly not just these students. This week, will you pray with me for God's Holy Spirit to reveal how He would have you minister to the people he puts in your path? He can reveal the hidden things and make what is in the dark come to the light. He can give us insight and God-perspective and His Father's heart for those we encounter. And as we walk in the power of this knowledge and speak truth and love to the brokenhearted, we are part of His redemptive plan; bringing His children safely to His lap, laying them at the feet of Jesus.

Praying with you,
Carrie

PS: If you wish to receive a weekly list of prayer requests from Midland High Students, please let me know.

Carrie J. McKean
Faces of Children Director
First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas
(432) 684-7821 x153



If you have prayer requests about children, those who care for them, those who have authority over them, or those who harm them (the really hard prayers to say sometimes), please send them to info@facesofchildren.net

In the News ... "Greater need this year at Mission: Thanksgiving"

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• Supporting effort in three communities

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - Just because jobs are available doesn’t mean everybody looking for work will get hired. It’s a fact of life that Mark Hewitt, founder of Love & Care Ministries, sees every day ....

... and that is one reason Friday’s 19th annual Mission: Thanksgiving is so important. The event will take place in the three communities that Love & Care Ministries serves — Abilene, Merkel and Clyde ...

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C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

TO VERA GEBBERT, who had told Lewis of her pregnancy and of her having read Isaiah 66:9 from the Bible she kept open on her dining table: On not wishing to be pregnant.

23 March 1953

Your first story (about mistaking [your pregnancy] for seasickness) is one of the funniest I ever heard. In our country there are usually alterations of shape which would throw grave doubts on the sea-sick hypothesis!...but no doubt you manage things better in America. Any way, congratulations and encouragements. As to wishing it had not happened, one can’t help momentary wishes: guilt begins only when one embraces them. You can’t help their knocking at the door, but one mustn’t ask them in to lunch. And no doubt you have many feelings on the other side. I am sure you felt as I did when I heard my first bullet, ‘This is War: this is what Homer wrote about.’ For, all said and done, a woman who has never had a baby and a man who has never been either in a battle or a storm at sea, are, in a sense, rather outside—haven’t really ‘seen life’—haven’t served. We will indeed have you in our prayers.

Now as to your other story, about Isaiah 66? It doesn’t really matter whether the Bible was open at that page thru’ a miracle or through some (unobserved) natural cause. We think it matters because we tend to call the second alternative ‘chance.’ But when you come to think of it, there can be no such thing as chance from God’s point of view. Since He is omniscient His acts have no consequences which He has not foreseen and taken into account and intended. Suppose it was the draught from the window that blew your Bible open at Isaiah 66. Well, that current of air was linked up with the whole history of weather from the beginning of the world and you may be quite sure that the result it had for you at that moment (like all its other results) was intended and allowed for in the act of creation. ‘Not one sparrow,’ you know the rest [Matthew 10:29]. So of course the message was addressed to you. To suggest that your eye fell on it without this intention, is to suggest that you could take Him by surprise. Fiddle-de-dee! This is not Predestination: your will is perfectly free: but all physical events are adapted to fit in as God sees best with the free actions He knows we are going to do. There’s something about this in Screwtape.

Meanwhile, courage! Your moments of nervousness are not your real self, only medical phenomena. All blessings.

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
Compiled in Yours, Jack

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: November 14, 2017

PRESBYTERIAN PEACE FELLOWSHIP - Two strong voices in environmental justice and peacemaking have decided to come together in an effort to strengthen their work. Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) and Fossil Free PC(USA) have announced a formal partnership in which FFPCUSA will operate as a project within PPF. Leaders of both organizations say the move is in recognition of the “crucial link between environmental justice and peacemaking” ...

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Monday, November 13, 2017

From @chinaaid : "Christian family threatened with death for harvesting peanuts"

The China Aid Association is a non-profit Christian organization - based in Midland, Texas - with a mission to uncover and reveal the truth about religious persecution in China, focusing especially on the unofficial church. They do this, they explain in their website, by exposing the abuses, encouraging the abused and equipping the saints to advance the kingdom of God throughout China.

China Aid Photo
Christian family threatened with death for harvesting peanuts
Distributed by ChinaAid, September, 2017 ...

NANYANG, HENAN, CHINA –An official in China’s central Henan province threatened to murder a Christian family when they attempted to harvest peanuts in their field on Sept. 21, part of which was forcibly taken by government-hired gangsters last year ...

more on this story from China Aid



Invitation to Prayer from Faces of Children ... Wednesday

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Their mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, they seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).

Invitation to Prayer ... Wednesday

Hi Friends,

If you're in town and free, please join us to pray together on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas.

Please note the new time. We are trying this for one semester so that we have less time conflict with the new women's Bible study that is starting on Wednesdays at 11:30.

Also, Faces of Children is now on Facebook! I invite you to like our page so that you can see regular stories, prayer needs, and updates from partner ministries.

All the best,

Carrie



You have searched me, Lord,and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn,if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
Psalm 139:1-12


Dear Intercessors,

Some stories don't make the news... and the private stories of grief and fear; loss and sorrow don't often make headlines. Each week some of the high school students who come to our building for lunch fill out little prayer cards, giving us a glimpse into their private stories. Here are a few of them, in their own words:

I need a prayer request for God to bring someone to love me and for a job and to take all my pain away.

I am currently homeless and would like to be prayed for.

Pray for my grandpa to get better with his cancer and that God can take it away. His name is Manuel.

Please pray for my loving mother, Helen, and my father in Heaven, Jerome.

Sometimes, as I'm helping refill sodas and pass out napkins to the students filing past, I make eye contact with a few of them. Are you the one who is homeless? I wonder. Is your little brother/grandpa/dad the one fighting cancer? Are you going to have dinner tonight? They don't have signs on their shirts identifying their individual burdens and stories, but somehow the weight they are carrying on their shoulders seems as tangible as the heaviest of backpacks.


We may not know their stories, but we know the One who does. And it's certainly not just these students. This week, will you pray with me for God's Holy Spirit to reveal how He would have you minister to the people he puts in your path? He can reveal the hidden things and make what is in the dark come to the light. He can give us insight and God-perspective and His Father's heart for those we encounter. And as we walk in the power of this knowledge and speak truth and love to the brokenhearted, we are part of His redemptive plan; bringing His children safely to His lap, laying them at the feet of Jesus.

Praying with you,
Carrie

PS: If you wish to receive a weekly list of prayer requests from Midland High Students, please let me know.

Carrie J. McKean
Faces of Children Director
First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas
(432) 684-7821 x153



If you have prayer requests about children, those who care for them, those who have authority over them, or those who harm them (the really hard prayers to say sometimes), please send them to info@facesofchildren.net