Monday, June 17, 2019

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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On God

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

From The Problem of Pain
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.

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 17, 2019

BECOMING A MATTHEW 25 CHURCH - A small congregation has set its sights on making a big impact in its community.

Earlier this year Olivet Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a church of about 65 members, became the first church to officially accept the Matthew 25 invitation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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: June 16, 2019

PRESBYTERIAN MEN/FATHER'S DAY - For this Father’s Day Mission Yearbook entry, I decided to rely heavily on one of the National Council of Presbyterian Men’s Bible Study Guides prepared by Presbyterian men for Presbyterian men. There are 24 of these study guides; 23 are based on books of the Bible and one on “Some Biblical Bases of a Brief Statement of Faith.” The guide used for this Minute for Mission, based on 1 Samuel, is titled “Fathers, Brothers, Friends, and Others: A Study of Male Relationships,” authored by H. Michael Brewer and edited by Curtis A. Miller. The other references also come from the study guide ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

In the News ... "Primera Iglesia Bautista sirviendo a San Angelo desde 1892"

Editor's Note: The Standard-Times will spotlight a different San Angelo house of faith each week during 2019.

SAST Photo by Matthew McDaniel
• In the beginning, the congregation met in a tent on Washington Street

By Matthew McDaniel, Reporter
San Angelo Standard Times


SAN ANGELO, TEXAS - San Angelo’s Primera Iglesia Bautista, 23 W. Ave J, traces its first services back 127 years to March of 1892, on the banks of the Concho River, when pastor Susano Becerra and a small band of Mexican followers worshiped with the Rev. Manuel Trevino of San Antonio during a series of services ...

Read the rest of this SAST report


C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy:

Why has no one told me these things? How easily I might have misjudged another man in the same situation? I might have said, ‘He’s got over it. He’s forgotten his wife,’ when the truth was, ‘He remembers her better because he has partly got over it.’

Such was the fact. And I believe I can make sense out of it. You can’t see anything properly while your eyes are blurred with tears. You can’t, in most things, get what you want if you want it too desperately: anyway, you can’t get the best out of it. ‘Now! Let’s have a real good talk’ reduces everyone to silence. ‘I must get a good sleep tonight’ ushers in hours of wakefulness. Delicious drinks are wasted on a really ravenous thirst. Is it similarly the very intensity of the longing that draws the iron curtain, that makes us feel we are staring into a vacuum when we think about our dead? ‘Them as asks’ (at any rate ‘as asks too importunately’) don’t get. Perhaps can’t.

And so, perhaps, with God. I have gradually been coming to feel that the door is no longer shut and bolted. Was it my own frantic need that slammed it in my face? The time when there is nothing at all in your soul except a cry for help may be just the time when God can’t give it: you are like the drowning man who can’t be helped because he clutches and grabs. Perhaps your own reiterated cries deafen you to the voice you hoped to hear.

From A Grief Observed
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Saturday, June 15, 2019

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


• Here's what's going on at church near you

By Matthew McDaniel, Reporter
San Angelo Standard Times


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

Read the rest of this SAST report

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In the News ... "Lubbock Faith Briefs"

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• What’s going on in South Plains churches

By Erica Pauda, Reporter
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - From the Avalanche-Journal, news of regular services, and special events and programs at houses of faith in Lubbock and across the South Plains ...

 • Read the rest of this LAJ report ...

 • More from the LAJ's "South Plains Faith Calendar" ...

In the News ... "Odessa Church News"


• Today and in the days ahead, in Odessa-area houses of worship ... including Vacation Bible School ...

Staff Report
Odessa American


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

Read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

On Immortality

I think that Resurrection (what ever it exactly means) is so much profounder an idea than mere immortality. I am sure we don’t just “go on.” We really die and are really built up again.

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
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.

Photo courtesy of the Southside Worker Center
Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 15, 2019

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING GIFTS - Narciso, Feliciano and Alberto had labored hard on a construction project in the hot Arizona sun for several days. Though the work was demanding, the promise of payday kept these day laborers going. They had cupboards to fill and bills to pay.

Yet payday posed an unwelcome surprise for these three men. They were paid for just one day of work, leaving each of them about $300 short. They felt demoralized and helpless, but they did not have to suffer in silence because of help from the Southside Worker Center in Tucson, a ministry supported by One Great Hour of Sharing gifts ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Friday, June 14, 2019

From ServLife International ... "Pastries and Passports"

ServLife International is a movement defined by values of God’s kingdom, not programs built around human efforts and activities. The reign and rule of God should be made apparent to every person on the planet, despite their religion, race or socioeconomic status. We believe that issues of justice are inseparable from the good news that Jesus Christ came to proclaim. ServLife exists to take the gospel of Christ and the hope of a better, more just, world to the lives of people we touch. This happens through individual contributions of time, creativity, resources and dreams.



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Pastries and Passports

What if your favorite breakfast treat could help you achieve some of your wildest dreams? For Asher McKenna, that’s pretty much what happened. He was able to make and sell over 500 donuts to fund his entire trip to Nepal last November.

Oldest son of Jodi and Brian, Asher grew up being exposed to different cultures. 15 years ago, his parents were missionaries in India for 3 months unforgettable months. It had long been a dream of Brian and Jodi’s to take their kids to the overseas mission field. When the opportunity arose for Jodi to go to Nepal with ServLife in the fall of 2018, she and her husband knew that it was time for Asher to get a passport ...

CLICK HERE to read more and watch a highlight video.

Thank you,

Adam Nevins 
From Adam Nevins
Executive Director
ServLife International Inc.



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From @FWMission ... Friday Story: “Monthly Recap — April 2019”

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.




Friday Story: “Monthly Recap — April 2019”

Spotlights for April 2019 include: Wheelchair Arrivals; Nonprofit Spotlight Partner; Spirit of Volunteerism Awards; Michigan Ambassadors Lifting Lives; Partnering with Pieology; A Gift From Our Partner; more ...
...

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In the News ... "It’s black and gold and sung all over"


• Bowen, LaRue on stage in Midland/Odessa - TONIGHT

Staff Report
Odessa American


MIDLAND/ODESSA, TEXAS - Tonight’s Black Gold Bash features established country crooners and an after party with an up and comer.

Wade Bowen headlines with Stoney Larue, while Adam Wakefield from The Voice will perform the after party during the benefit event.

The event is part of the Oilfield Helping Hands, which provides assistance to families in financial crisis due to medical and other serious circumstances. They have awarded more than $4.7 million since the group formed in 2003 ...

Read the rest of this OA report ...

In the News ... "Church welcomes working men"

OA Photo by Mark Rogers
• The Rev. Elliott’s church pursues motorcycle ministry

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


MIDLAND, TEXAS - he Rev. Eddy Elliott has a working man’s history and the church he pastors, Solid Rock Fellowship Out West, emphasizes reaching husbands and fathers with a similar background and encouraging them to be faithful to their familial responsibilities ...

Read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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TO MRS. JOHNSON: On the real meaning of heaven—enjoying God forever.

25 May 1957

It was nice to hear from you again. I can’t remember how up to date you are with my news. Did I tell you that a new element of both beauty and tragedy had entered my life? I am newly married, and to a dying woman (She was the Joy Davidman whose Smoke on the Mountain, a lively modern treatment of the Ten Commandments, you may have read. An American). She is, and I try to be, very brave. I acquired two schoolboy stepsons. I myself am, not dangerously, but painfully and disablingly, ill with a slipped disc. So life is rather full. . . .

. . . Of course Heaven is leisure (‘there remaineth a rest for the people of God’ [Hebrews 4:9]): but I picture it pretty vigorous too as our best leisure really is. Man was created ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ Whether that is best pictured as being in love, or like being one of an orchestra who are playing a great work with perfect success, or like surf bathing, or like endlessly exploring a wonderful country or endlessly reading a glorious story—who knows? Dante says Heaven ‘grew drunken with its universal laughter.’

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.

Photo by Mike Price
Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 14, 2019

1001 NEW WORSHIPING COMMUNITIES - New Creation Presbyterian Church, a 1001 New Worshiping Community in Hendersonville, Tennessee, plans to use a recent $50,000 award for its $2.5 million building campaign ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

FBR Report: "Eubank Family Update – The 2019 Jungle Chicken Newsletter"

The Free Burma Rangers (FBR) is a multi-ethnic humanitarian service movement. They bring help, hope and love to people in the war zones of Burma (Myanmar) and the Middle East. Groups send teams to be trained, supplied and sent into the areas under attack to provide emergency assistance and human rights documentation. Together with other groups, the teams work to serve people in need.



FBR Photo
"Eubank Family Update – The 2019 Jungle Chicken Newsletter"

Dear friends,

Thank you for your prayers and support as we bring help, hope, and love to people under oppression in Burma, Syria, Kurdistan, and Iraq. Below is our family newsletter, the Jungle Chicken, which shows some of what we’ve done in the last year ...

CLICK HERE to read/watch the rest of this FBR Report ...

CLICK HERE to learn how YOU can get involved in FBR and its mission ...

In the News ... "Barbers rally for free haircuts for the homeless"

KWES Photo
"Straight Jesus, man. It's the heart, It's the Lord. It is what it is."

By Kirsten Geddes, Multimedia Journalist
KWES-TV

ODESSA, TEXAS - Emilio Mendez has been a barber at FadeCity Barbershop for 8 years and has continually given back to the community.

On June 10, Mendez and fellow barbers gave free haircuts, shaves and washes to homeless people in Odessa ...

 • Read the rest of this KWES report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable. This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway. That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods ‘where they get off’, you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion. Consequently one must train the habit of Faith.

The first step is to recognise the fact that your moods change. The next is to make sure that, if you have once accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why daily prayers and religious readings and churchgoing are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed. And as a matter of fact, if you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have been reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away?

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 courtesy of Presbyterian Historical Society
Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 13, 2019

PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND LEADER EUNICE POETHING - The next U.S. presidential primary election will feature at least three viable women candidates — a development that would have no doubt thrilled Presbyterian minister and leader Eunice Poethig. The Presbyterian Historical Society recently completed the processing of Poethig’s papers, and they illuminate her advocacy work in expanding the numbers of women and people from other marginalized communities serving as leaders in ministry and civic life ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

From West Texas to South Africa: "The Journey Begins June 16th"


Thanks for joining us in our mission trip to South Africa from June 16th-27th!

On this trip, we will be part of an thirteen-member team of volunteers. We will be working with the Teichert Family who have been working in South Africa for many years with One Challenge and have been supported by First Presbyterian Church of Midland through the Missions Ministry. We will be seeing their work first hand through participation with the projects and missions work they do with children and people affected by HIV.

We will also travel to Cradock, South Africa to work with the Amy Bell Foundation which has been and continues to be instrumental in establishing schools and children’s homes for orphaned and disadvantaged children in the rural area of South Africa. We are excited about this opportunity to witness first hand the work being done by these two worthwhile ministries. In addition, we are trusting that God will use this trip to expand our vision for the world and use us to help those we encounter.

Visit the FPC-Midland South Africa blog ...

From @austinseminary ... "The Reed" for June 2019



• New leaders for the church!

On May 26, forty-one men and women received their diplomas from Austin Seminary, representing an extraordinary level of commitment to academic study and practical preparation for ministry. Included in that number are seven who earned the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree, the first to do so from Austin Seminary. These students have followed a hybrid model of seminary education, serving churches full time and attending classes on campus several times a year. Among the Class of 2019 are three global partners, students from Africa who augmented their ministries by way of generous international student fellowships. Ten of the graduates are seasoned pastors and chaplains whose Doctor of Ministry degrees represent several years in intensive study and practice for the benefit of present and future congregations

Watch a slideshow of Commencement here.

Honor our graduates. Send a gift. Click here.

• Leaders share their vision for the Certificate in Jewish-Christian Relationship

Austin Seminary's newest certificate program, The Certificate in Jewish-Christian Relationship, begins this fall with a course, "A Pastor, Priest, and Rabbi Walk Into a Bar(mitzvah): Worship in Judaism and Christianity," taught by Father Larry Covington, Rabbi Alan Freedman, and Reverend John Leedy. The winter course, "Reading Exodus Together: Jewish and African American Witness," will be taught by Rev. Daryl Horton and Rabbi Neil Blumofe. The Spring 2020 course,”Exploring Women in the Bible and Theology,” with Rabbi Amy Cohen and Reverend Krystal Leedy, will round out the first year of the program.

We invited those who will teach in the first year to discuss this new project.

The full conversation is here.

To learn more or to apply to be part of the program, click here.

• Alumna Bobbi Kaye Jones appointed to Zbinden Chair

The Board of Trustees at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary has called The Reverend Bobbi Kaye Jones (MDiv’80) as professor in the Louis H. and Katherine S. Zbinden Distinguished Chair in Pastoral Leadership and Ministry. The appointment becomes effective July 1, 2019; she will teach students in the practical areas of pastoral ministry: church administration, congregational leadership, stewardship, and liturgy.

“I am so pleased that the Reverend Bobbi Kaye Jones is assuming the mantle of the Zbinden Chair,” says Seminary President Theodore J. Wardlaw. “She has served across her career as a best-practices model of parish ministry for our students to learn from and emulate. As an effective pastor, preacher, teacher, and leader, she demonstrates the synthesis of all of the disciplines of theological formation that blend so well to form a picture of integrity for the sake of the church. Our students will be blessed by her presence among us, and I look forward to her service on our faculty.”

Read the full story here.


• For a complete listing of the 2019 lifelong learning events offered from Education Beyond the Walls, CLICK HERE.



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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 Midland this week, we'll be meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12 - TODAY - for prayer. We meet in the prayer closet at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Please join us in lifting up the needs of vulnerable children in our community and around the world!

For the summer months would you prefer to move our meeting time back to 11:30?

This week I'd like to invite you to pray for our Kindness Campaign, which has already raised over $2,500 and the South Africa Mission Trip which leaves this upcoming Sunday. I also continue to hear heartbreaking stories from our border, Yemen, the Rohingya, foster children, and others around the world... there's no end to the ways we can pray for the world's vulnerable children.



I also wanted to take a moment in this email to ask for your input. As some of you know, I've accepted a new position with First Presbyterian Church to serve as Outreach Coordinator alongside our Outreach Pastor, Walter Thompson. In some ways, I've been unofficially trying to serve in some aspects of this role for the last few years. But in this official capacity, I've taken on some additional responsibilities here at the church. As a result, I need to reorder some of my time and priorities. My intention has been to continue meeting with the Faces prayer group and also to continue sending out prayer emails, and I can certainly still move in that direction. (The last couple of weeks have been an anomaly as I adjusted to the new role and also prepared for VBS. I'm sorry for the poor communication!)

But I also recognize that as seasons change for me, seasons may have changed for many intercessors. Not that you've stopped praying, but I do think Faces of Children served as a launching off point for many of you into deeper engagement with other ministries. To that end, I'm not sure what transformations Faces of Children should perhaps undergo... but since I'm already in a season of change, I felt like now might be the best time to ask.

If you have ideas of how you see this ministry best taking shape, I'd love to hear them. I'd also like to hear from you if you find God has been leading you in other directions and into other ministry opportunities. Do you find the weekly email to be a critical part of this ministry? Would you perhaps prefer a monthly digest or simply cease it altogether and simply meet together in person to pray?

For those intercessors outside of our church, how do you utilize these emails in your life? Would you feel a void if you didn't receive them?

I don't know what the future of Faces of Children holds, but I wanted us to start exploring and discerning what God might have in store for us. I have zero doubt His plans continue to include that we pray for vulnerable children. I can think of nothing more close to his heart.

Blessings,

Carrie

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

In the News ... "VBS ASAP: Abilene churches already have launched summer programs for kids"

ARN Photo by Ronald W. Erdrich
• Making it fun for kids

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - “Do you know where to find out more about Jesus?” a group leader asked, as eager hands waited to shoot into the air.

“In the Bible!” a bunch of tiny voices responded.

Welcome to vacation Bible school, with sessions kicking off this week and running through much of the summer ...

Read the rest of this ARN report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

On Joy

In speaking of this desire for our own far-off country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a certain shyness. I am almost committing an indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of you—the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence: the secret also which pierces with such sweetness that when, in very intimate conversation, the mention of it becomes imminent, we grow awkward and affect to laugh at ourselves: the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name. Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that had settled the matter. Wordsworth’s expedient was to identify it with certain moments in his own past. But all this is a cheat. If Wordsworth had gone back to those moments in the past, he would not have found the thing itself, but only the reminder of it; what he remembered would turn out to be itself a remembering. The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited. . . .

Apparently, then, our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be re- united with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation. And to be at last summoned inside would be both glory and honour beyond all our merits and also the healing of that old ache. . . . The whole man is to drink joy from the fountain of joy.

From The Weight of Glory
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.

Contributed Photo
Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 12, 2019

ENGLISH TEACHERS FOR CHRISTIAN VOUNTEERS IN THAILAND - In late January, Daniel Pappas was riding in a van with his video equipment, traveling toward the border of Burma (Myanmar). Most people don’t get that kind of opportunity, but to him it’s just another happy step on a path he didn’t know he was taking ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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 Midland this week, we'll be meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, for prayer. We meet in the prayer closet at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Please join us in lifting up the needs of vulnerable children in our community and around the world!

For the summer months would you prefer to move our meeting time back to 11:30?

This week I'd like to invite you to pray for our Kindness Campaign, which has already raised over $2,500 and the South Africa Mission Trip which leaves this upcoming Sunday. I also continue to hear heartbreaking stories from our border, Yemen, the Rohingya, foster children, and others around the world... there's no end to the ways we can pray for the world's vulnerable children.



I also wanted to take a moment in this email to ask for your input. As some of you know, I've accepted a new position with First Presbyterian Church to serve as Outreach Coordinator alongside our Outreach Pastor, Walter Thompson. In some ways, I've been unofficially trying to serve in some aspects of this role for the last few years. But in this official capacity, I've taken on some additional responsibilities here at the church. As a result, I need to reorder some of my time and priorities. My intention has been to continue meeting with the Faces prayer group and also to continue sending out prayer emails, and I can certainly still move in that direction. (The last couple of weeks have been an anomaly as I adjusted to the new role and also prepared for VBS. I'm sorry for the poor communication!)

But I also recognize that as seasons change for me, seasons may have changed for many intercessors. Not that you've stopped praying, but I do think Faces of Children served as a launching off point for many of you into deeper engagement with other ministries. To that end, I'm not sure what transformations Faces of Children should perhaps undergo... but since I'm already in a season of change, I felt like now might be the best time to ask.

If you have ideas of how you see this ministry best taking shape, I'd love to hear them. I'd also like to hear from you if you find God has been leading you in other directions and into other ministry opportunities. Do you find the weekly email to be a critical part of this ministry? Would you perhaps prefer a monthly digest or simply cease it altogether and simply meet together in person to pray?

For those intercessors outside of our church, how do you utilize these emails in your life? Would you feel a void if you didn't receive them?

I don't know what the future of Faces of Children holds, but I wanted us to start exploring and discerning what God might have in store for us. I have zero doubt His plans continue to include that we pray for vulnerable children. I can think of nothing more close to his heart.

Blessings,

Carrie

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

In the News ... Midland children spread positivity through 'Delightful Rocks' project"

KWES Photo
• They may be young, but their message speaks big

By Jolina Okazaki, Digital Content Producer
KWES-TV

MIDLAND, TEXAS - e all have those days where some aren't as bright as others. Now there’s some children in Midland who hope to make your day a little better.

They're on a mission to spread love, joy and comfort using what they found in their own backyard ...

 • Read/watch the rest of this KWES report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

A particular toy or a particular ikon may be itself a work of art, but that is logically accidental; its artistic merits will not make it a better toy or a better ikon. They may make it a worse one. For its purpose is not to fix attention upon itself but to stimulate and liberate certain activates in the child or the worshipper. The teddy bear exists in order that the child may endow it with imaginary life and personality and enter into a quasi-social relationship with it. That is what “playing with is” means. The better this activity succeeds the less the actual appearance of the object will matter. Too close or prolonged attention to its changeless and expressionless face impedes the play. A crucifix exists in order to direct the worshipper’s thought and affections to the Passion. It had better not have any excellences, subtleties, or originalities which will fix attention upon itself. Hence devout people may, for this purpose, prefer the crudest and emptiest ikon. The emptier, the more permeable; and they want, as it were, to pass through the material image and go beyond.”

From An Experiment in Criticism
Compiled in The Business of Heaven

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


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Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 11, 2019

THAI SAFE HOUSE - Imagine being so ill or traumatized that you cannot remember where you were born. You have no identification. You cannot work. You have no home.

Those are among the reasons that PC(USA) partner the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT) and the Kwai River Christian Hospital created the Sangkhlaburi Safe House. The 37 residents all have complex and ongoing medical needs. Many have been in abusive situations or are victims of human trafficking. They come from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds ...

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