Flooding in Malawi earlier this year destroyed homes and left many in need of shelter, food and other sanitation supplies—including toilets. The loss of latrines in a flood zone is a serious problem. When proper sanitation is no longer possible, the risk of contracting waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, malaria and even cholera increases significantly. Presbyterian World Service & Development, in collaboration with local partners and health workers in Malawi, is helping rebuild 1,000 latrines. PWS&D will continue to work to reduce the risk of disease, improve sanitation and ensure that families affected by the flooding are able to continue to rebuild their lives.
-PWS&D responds to provide sanitation
Responding to God’s call for justice
Presbyterians Sharing supports Justice Ministries as it works with congregations to sow seeds of hope and respond to the justice imperatives of the gospel. Staff work with churches and presbyteries that are caring for creation, advocating for stronger social programs to assist low income neighbours and building up relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. In June, congregations are invited mark the closing event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Aboriginal Day Sunday, June 21, 2015.
– Presbyterians Sharing promotes justice
Summer Worship Schedule – We will again be participating in joint services with McKenzie and Trinity United Churches for 9 Sundays, beginning the first Sunday in July. Each church will take a turn hosting the services for three consecutive weeks. We will worship at McKenzie Church for the first three Sundays, at Trinity Church for the next three Sundays, and here at First Church for the final three Sundays. Please see the detailed schedule in the June Newsletter for dates, locations, worship leaders, and weekly themes. All services will be held at 10:30, as usual.
We are going to start a Homework Group. The purpose of this group is to help the youth in our community to do better in school. To do this, we are looking for volunteers, primarily retired or active teachers and professionals.
You won’t have to commit to helping every week, but only when you are able. We will be planning on offering this service to the youth on Mondays and Wednesdays for about 1.5 hours after school, starting in the fall. We also plan to canvass other congregations for volunteers. We will be having a meeting as soon as possible to go over the plan with any volunteers. Along with the Soup Kitchen, this is another way to show Portage that First Presbyterian Church is still relevant in the community.
If you are interested, or have questions, please speak to Keith Kelly (857-5712) or John Zondag.