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This week's prayer focus: Synod of the Southwest and General Assembly

Second Pres Takes Youth on Mission Trip to Northern NM

Eleven youth and 7 adults from Second Presbyterian Church went on a Mission Trip to Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Our mission was to clean cemeteries that were associated with the 100 year old churches that reside in small communities dotted throughout the region. Presbyterian Missionaries in the late 1800's and early 1900's founded a number of churches - Mora, Penasco, Chamisal, Chimayo, Truchas, Dixon and Mogote are included as some of these churches. And with each church, a cemetery was established - cemeteries that need some tender loving care as the members of these congregations grow older and dwindle, anxious to have the resting place of loved ones spruced up and manicured so that they may reside in dignity and peace.

 In our travels, people in these communities shared meals with us, visiting and sharing stories of times gone by. We learned of the sacrifices families made in order for their children to obtain an education. Kids were sent to Allison-James in Santa Fe and then on to Menaul in Albuquerque. Second Presbyterian aided many of these kids in their religious instruction and spiritual growth while at Menaul. Thus, strong ties were established between the families of Northern New Mexico and Second Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque. We spent time searching for grave sites of ancestors of our very own youth participating in the Mission Trip with much success! Plus we found names on grave sites that people from our congregation shared with us, hoping that we could find their family's resting place and do a little sprucing for them as well.

All in all, it was a very rewarding adventure. And we are not yet done! The same kids will return to Penasco on August 13, 14 to help with Emmanuel Church's Spanish Dinner which serves well over 1,000 meals to folks who come from all along the Espanola Valley just to savor enchiladas, posole, beans, and sopapillas! It does not get any better than this!

Francis and Susie Chang
Youth Coordinators Second Presbyterian Church

Prayer Calendar

Date Prayer Focus
1-Feb Reserve Community - 80th birthday
8-Feb Albuquerque La Mesa - 71st birthday
15-Feb Farmington First - 126th birthday
22-Feb Albuquerque St. Andrew - 56th birthday
1-Mar Magdalena Community - 108th birthday
8-Mar Albuquerque Immanuel - 67th birthday
15-Mar Penasco Emmanuel - 134th birthday
22-Mar Las Vegas First United - 145th birthday
29-Mar Albuquerque Covenant - 60th birthday
12-Apr Grants First - 86th birthday
19-Apr Cuba - 126th birthday
26-Apr Albuquerque First - 135th birthday
3-May Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba and Presbytery's Cuba Work Group
10-May Albuquerque Rio Grande - 68th birthday
17-May Rio Rancho - 29th birthday
24-May Pentecost - Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Presbytery
31-May Albuqueruqe Shepherd of the Valley - 46th birthday
7-Jun Mora First - 132nd birthday
14-Jun Truchas Smith Memorial - 112th birthday
21-Jun Aztec - 126th birthday
28-Jun Los Alamos White Rock - 48th birthday
5-Jul Jemez Springs - 134th birthday
12-Jul Albuquerque New Life - 42nd birthday
19-Jul Raton First - 130th birthday
26-Jul Santa Fe Westminster - 122nd birthday
2-Aug Angel Fire United - 19th birthday
9-Aug Ranchos de Taos - 123rd birthday
16-Aug Synod of the Southwest and General Assembly
23-Aug Glenwood Community - 94th birthday
30-Aug Santa Fe First - 148th birthday
6-Sep Dixon Embudo - 126th birthday
13-Sep Laguna United - 137th birthday
20-Sep All Inquirers and Candidates for ministry, and all Seminaries
27-Sep Belen First - 51st birthday
4-Oct World Communion Sunday - All Mission Co-workers and Peacemakers in the PC(USA)
11-Oct Socorro First - 135th birthday
18-Oct Chimayo El Buen Pastor - 112th birthday
25-Oct Albuquerque Sandia - 25th birthday
1-Nov Los Alamos United - 68th birthday
8-Nov Gallup Westminster - 54th birthday
15-Nov Taos First - 141st birthday
22-Nov Datil Community - 57th birthday
29-Nov Chacon El Rito - 136th birthday
6-Dec Placitas Las Placitas - 121st birthday
13-Dec Albuqueruqe Camino de Vida
20-Dec All Honorably Retired Pastors and Members-at-large of the Presbytery
27-Dec Albuquerque Second - 126th birthday

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