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Robin and I are grateful to serve alongside all y’all as partners in mission and ministry, for Jesus Christ, in Middle Tennessee. Thank you for the gift of HOPE, so persistent and so resilient, evident in every church and ministry we’ve had the opportunity to visit. Thank you for the gift of PEACE, through mercy and justice, not only as promises spoken during worship but profoundly delivered within authentic, healthy, and restored relationships.

Thank you for the gift of JOY, as we take our calls from God seriously but ourselves lightly. Thank you for the gift of LOVE, which can still thrill, fill, and amaze us; even after all we’ve been through since last Christmas. 

We pray for health and wholeness to prevail over all life’s dangers and threats. We pray for astonishing grace to surprise and overwhelm us. We pray for faith in God, through Jesus Christ, to flourish and blossom, even within our most tender, vulnerable, and painful moments. May we all see the light shine in the darkness, in all its wonders, shapes, colors, voices, and unexpected locations. Like where we are, here and now. Come, Lord Jesus.

Like many of you, Ray and I were awake in the wee hours of Saturday morning, eyes glued to the local weather, tracking ferocious tornadoes that eventually ripped through multiple states, including Tennessee. We reached out to several of our pastors in the Presbytery and confirmed some minor property damage but no injuries or fatalities, thanks be to God. 

Our hearts are saddened from the destruction and loss of life in our neighboring Presbytery of Western Kentucky. Our colleague, Rev. Kenneth Dick, confirmed that “the church (along with many other buildings in the city) in Mayfield has received extensive damage from the tornado. There are casualties in the city though, for what we know, no one from the church.

Also, extensive damage to homes and businesses in Bowling Green.” Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has reached out to all the presbyteries within the field of the event to offer assistance and resources. 

Please join us in praying for these communities who have suffered unimaginable losses. We invite you to make a donation to PDA in response to December Tornadoes. When we learn of additional ways to help out our siblings in Western Kentucky, we will forward that information on to you.

 
Prayer for Those Present at a Traumatic Event (Book of Common Worship):
God of the ages, 
you have always been faithful to your people.
Come to us now, we pray!
Give comfort and courage to those who are suffering.
Give strength and skill to those 
who are working to save and to heal.
Give us your peace that passes all understanding
in these moments of shock and sorrow,
and open our eyes, hearts, and hands
to the movements of your Spirit,
that we might be comforted and comfort others
in the name of Christ, our healer and our light.  Amen

Grace and peace,
Ray and Robin
Committee Orientation
Our annual orientation for incoming and continuing members of the Presbytery’s committees will be on January 8, 2022, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, by Zoom. Following morning prayers, we will review committee responsibilities and introduce proposed revisions to the PMT Mission and Operations Manual. Newly established designated funds, approved by the Presbytery in October, will be highlighted. Committees will also be given time to meet separately to discuss goals and calendar for 2022.
We look forward to an invigorating start to the new year!
PMT is Launching a New Website!
While we are finalizing, we invite you to send us any photos of your church or church activities you would like to share in celebration with you.
Please send them to:
 commcoord.midtennpres@gmail.com.
On December 4, the Reverend Candice Klein (First-Gallatin) married Greg
Howell at a ceremony in Gallatin. Attending were members of the Monday
Lectionary Group: Michael Davis, Rachel Thompson Orfield, Sherard Edington,
and Mark Bryan. Also present was Rev. Charles Moffatt. Rev. 
Carrie Fraser officiated. Congratulations Candice!

New Opportunities within PMT
All postings can be found here
The Presbytery of Middle Tennessee
1113 Murfreesboro Rd., Suite 106 #216
Franklin, TN  37064
Does your congregation have prayer requests, celebrations, or moments to share with your Presbytery family? Please email us and we will include them in the next eNews.
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