I serve on three Presbytery committees. Our Presbytery serves 60+ churches throughout the Genesee Valley. I've been chair of one of them (Education and Resource) for the last three years. We plan and execute education events for youth and adults in the Presbytery. We host an annual Church Leadership Day with a variety of workshops and speakers, Presbytery-wide youth events and worship services, as well as oversee a resource center at the Presbytery office.
The chairs of the three standing committees also sit (with six other members) on a committee that awards grants to agencies working with congregations in the area.
The last committee is one of several under the "Urban Presbyterians Together" umbrella. Like many churches, most of our urban churches are struggling with decreasing congregations, inadequate budgets, aging buildings, and increased need for mission to the neighborhood. UPT's aim to to help these churches find ways to collaborate and work together to serve God in increasingly difficult circumstances.
When I accepted a position on Resource and Education four years ago, I had no idea where that would lead. All of it is rewarding work, but meetings are just one part of it. Next week, I'll be attending a workshop on violence in the city, a mission day at an inner city store-front mission, and a meeting with folks who are trying to figure out how to help feed the hungry in our urban areas where little good food is available. (Most grocery stores have moved out of the inner city.)
Last night, two of the committees met back-to-back. (Fortunately that doesn't happen often.) I was asked to make a thank you card that one of the committees could send to a group of Presbyterian women who turned over a lovely sum of money for us to use for our work. It caused me to finally break out the card-making supplies after nearly a month away from them.
It was fun to get back into the crafting mode. I also got my Father's Day cards done which you'll be seeing on Sunday. I started with "Lovely Layers" by Papertrey Ink. No matter what color combination you choose, it always seems to come together nicely. It's hard to tell fromt the photo, but the circle and darker ink on the card are Royal Velvet, a beautiful dark purple. The front of the card was embossed with the Diamond Impression Plate, and the sentiment and frame are from the "Mat Stack 3 Collection."