“Instruments of Peace” Singing Mission Trip to Switzerland June 2024
Join the Music Ministry and Guest Musicians on their 4th international Singing Mission Trip. Members of our music ministry and guests will be continuing their Presbyterian Heritage Tour in June 2024 traveling to Switzerland, June 25—July 4. This incredible tour will include Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Lausanne and Geneva, Switzerland. An exciting addition to the tour for those interested will be an added 2 day tour to worship at the Taizé community in Cluny, France, returning on July 6. The musicians will perform in Zurich, Interlaken and Geneva with an outreach visit to a Senior Center in Lausanne. Pastor Lou will be offering devotions along the way. We are excited to continue sharing our faith internationally and would like to invite musicians as well as supportive travelers to join us! Please contact Billye for more detailed information. Register by March 30 for a discount!
TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF TURKEY AND SYRIA AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the Turkey-Syria border struck in the early hours of February 6, 2023. This earthquake is estimated to affect more than 23 million people and has left over 19,000 dead.
Red Cross — Send a check with “Turkiye (Turkey) Earthquake” in the memo line along with a donation form [**see link below**] to the address
on the form or to your local Red Cross chapter.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) — Solidarity grants to meet immediate needs are being processed and partners are distributing winterization items (blankets, mattresses), food items and medicines.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
Vida Joven (La Finca Matagalpa Nicaragua) In 2002, our church created a relationship with missionaries Jim and Sarah Hornsby and the work they were doing for Young Life Nicaragua (Vida Joven). Each year since then, we have sent work teams to the Young Life Camp to help with construction of improvements to the camp, host Vacation Bible Schools for neighborhood children, do projects in and for local communities, and participate in Young Life club meetings. We work and worship alongside Vida Joven leaders, and have built relationships with many of them that continue throughout the year. This is a ministry that is near and dear to the hearts of those who have traveled. This is a truly life changing experience for both the Nicas and members of our team. We have had many people come back with a new vision for their lives. The team travels every August for one week to the Vida Joven Camp.
Vida Joven (Rivas, Nicaragua) This started as a vision from one of the leaders who traveled yearly to Camp. He and a few Nica leaders decided to take the Gospel to the city of Rivas where many children have never heard of Jesus. They walked the streets, visited neighborhoods and school speaking to the local youth; inviting them to play soccer and just “hang out” while they played games, sang songs and learned about Christ. In 2011, they set out with colleagues from La Finca Nicaragua Camp to the shores of Rivas to seek out needs and opportunities to begin Young Life clubs. In 6 years, they now have 3 weekly Young Life Groups that meet in different locations attended by over 40 teens and 4-5 leaders learning about love of Jesus Christ. By 2018, 3 clubs have been thriving in Rivas attended by over 40 students each week at each club. Team members travel to Rivas Nicaragua each spring to help provide support to leaders of the VJ ministry in the town of Rivas.