Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In Ephesians 2:10 we find powerful words proclaiming our identity and calling: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to devote ourselves to the good deeds for which God has designed us.” As individuals, as congregations, as a presbytery, and as a denomination, this is true—we have been carefully, lovingly fashioned by God and called to ministry together—called to great ministry that God has prepared for us!
As we live into this great calling, how exciting it is to understand – not just in our heads, but deep in our corporate bones – that we are indeed partners in ministry. We are a presbytery of 69 lively, uniquely gifted congregations. Our calling as a presbytery is to work together to encourage each church’s call to ministry and mission. This is the heart of our connectional nature as Presbyterians.
In the past year, we as a presbytery have taken bold steps to grow into this ministry. More than ever before, Mission & Advocacy and Congregational Development are encouraging mission that emanates from congregations, seeking to connect mission giving with hands-on opportunities. A key ingredient to this initiative is our partnership in ministry. Our ability to work together and yet to answer the call of our respective ministries is a unique gift that emerges when we put the work of the church above church work. Together we can have an impact on the lives of more people: those beyond our church attendees, individual communities, and organizational liaisons.
As a presbytery, we are keenly aware that the success and health of each individual church has an impact on the success and health of our presbytery as a whole.
As your Session undertakes the holy work of discerning how God is calling your church to use its resources for the coming year, please remember your brothers and sisters in this presbytery and in the larger church by paying your per capita and by making a generous gift to Presbyterian Mission. As the body of Christ, we can do far more to bring in God’s beloved community by working together than we ever could alone.
Together We Serve,