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PHEWA Networks Announce Award Recipients
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12 Jun 1998 20:39:28
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PHEWA Networks Announce Award Recipients
by Jerry L. Van Marter
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Three networks of the Presbyterian Health, Education and
Welfare Association have announced the winners of their annual awards. The
recipients will be honored during the upcoming 210th General Assembly in
Charlotte, June 13-20.
Presbyterian Network on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (PNAODA)
PNAODA has selected the Rev. David Zuverink to receive its 1998 David
Hancock Award and The Samaritan Fund of the Presbyterian Church of
Dansville, N.Y., to receive its 1998 Margaret Fuad Award.
Zuverink is associate director for the Office of Health Ministries
U.S.A. for the National Ministries Division in Louisville and has been
instrumental in bringing alcohol and drug abuse and addiction issues to the
attention of the denomination.
The David Hancock Award is named after a Presbyterian minister who was
instrumental in getting the denomination involved with issues of alcoholism
more than 40 years ago.
The Margaret Fuad Award is named after a Presbyterian laywoman from
Visalia, Calif., who was instrumental in getting her church involved with
people in recovery more than 40 years ago. The award honors a congregation
or volunteer each year who best exemplifies Fuad's commitment.
Betty Minemier of the Dansville church will be at the Assembly to
accept the award and tell the Dansville church's story.
Urban Presbyterian Pastors' Association (UPPA)
The Presbyterian Church of the Cross in Greensboro, N.C., has been
named winner of UPPA's Urban Church Award.
Established in 1963 in an all-white middle-income neighborhood, Church
of the Cross soon found itself sitting in a community that had become
racially and economically diverse. By 1970, with the neighborhood in total
economic decline and crime rampant, the church refused to follow other
churches to the suburbs and committed itself to stay in the neighborhood.
During two tumultuous decades, the congregation provided a stabilizing
force in its neighborhood, hosting voter registration events, serving as a
safe place for interracial and intercultural dialogue, organizing residents
to demand better city services and working with Habitat for Humanity on
housing projects. It houses a summer farmers' market and a developmental
child-care center for low-income working parents.
The pastor is the Rev. James F. Miller and the associate pastor is the
Rev. Elizabeth Dale Walker.
Community Ministries and Neighborhood Organizations (COMANO)
In 1990, under the auspices of the "I Have a Dream" Foundation, two
Presbyterian congregations - Immanuel Presbyterian Church, a white suburban
congregation in McLean, Va., and Garden Memorial Presbyterian Church, a
predominantly African-American inner-city church in Washington, D.C. -
undertook a special new ministry together.
They adopted a class of then sixth-graders, promising them that if they
graduated from high school, the churches would guarantee the cost of a
In June of 1997, 31 "Dreamers" graduated from high school, and the
churches are sending 30 of them on to college. The congregations are
continuing to assist several others who are still trying to graduate and
will soon open a Family Life Resource Center to provide after-school
programs, tutoring, scouting, AA meetings, parenting classes and other
The two congregations share services, pastors and programs and also
support the work of a missionary in Zambia.
For the fruits of their extraordinary partnership, Immanuel
Presbyterian Church and Garden Memorial Presbyterian Church have been named
winners of COMANO's Community Ministry Award.
Immanuel's pastor is the Rev. John W. Sonnenday. Garden Memorial's
pastor is the Rev. Jacqueline Taylor.
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