Congregation is the reason
our missions continue to thrive
Our donation goal for UKirk South Alabama is reached
By AL SPROUSE and CATHY ROGERS | missions elders
Our mission focus for May was the Pentecost Offering, which focused the donations entirely to UKirk South Alabama, a campus ministry in Mobile that is supported by the Presbytery of South Alabama and serves the University of South Alabama and Spring Hill College. The goal was set at $500 and was met with a total of $505 and a pledge of $10 a month.
Since its programming started in fall 2016, UKirk has grown into a ministry for approximately 30 students with six student leaders. UKirk meets on a weekly basis and welcomes students from all over the nation with many different faith backgrounds. Some of the students have never heard the word “Presbyterian” before and some have never even set foot in a church. The campus ministry provides a safe place for students to explore their faith and have a home away from home.
However, without support from the churches in our presbytery and individual donors, the campus ministry is not able to exist. While UKirk is its own worshiping community, the students are not able to afford the costs of programming or a staff’s salary. UKirk is looking for sustainable donors, individuals and groups that will consider giving $1,000 a year. But any amount given annually or monthly would be appreciated.
By supporting UKirk financially, we are ensuring UKirk’s ability to provide food for the students during their weekly Monday gathering, expenses that come with Bible studies, and a pastor that provides sound theology, that they may not get at other campus ministries. The Rev. Lauren Peters is the UKirk pastor. She has an office at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church.
There is an additional need for UKirk. The students gather on Mondays to break bread, share a meal, and share the Word. People are needed to help by preparing, cooking, and transporting the meal to campus. Of course, these people are encouraged to stay, eat, and have fellowship with the students.
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The “two cents a meal” offering, which goes to Living Waters for the World, was not taken since Pentecost fell on the third Sunday of the month in May. This offering will resume on the third Sunday in June.
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Swift Presbyterian Church is still holding an English as a second language class in the fellowship hall on Friday mornings at 9:00. This class is taught by Esther Tillmon, ESL coordinator at South Baldwin Literacy Council, and is financed by a grant from our presbytery. Please consider attending this class to make the students feel welcome at Swift. Currently, there are no Swift folks attending that class.
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The food pantry served 23 families on May 9 and 19 families on May 23. Tina Sprouse is in need of volunteers to drive to Catholic Charities in Robertsdale, to buy groceries locally to replenish supplies, to fill grocery bags, or to distribute grocery bags on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.
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Thank you to our Swift Presbyterian Church family members who so generously share the blessings of our God.