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[PCUSANEWS] Grants to rural ministries total $35,000

Date 19 Dec 2001 12:12:39 -0500

Note #6987 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:

Grants to rural ministries total $35,000

Grants to rural ministries total $35,000

Money will support community-building programs in 13 areas 

 by Evan Silverstein

LOUISVILLE - Thirteen community-enrichment projects have been chosen by the
Rural Ministry Advisory Committee of the National Ministries Division (NMD)
to receive grants totaling $35,000.

Diana Stephen, associate for Rural Ministry, Evangelism and Church
Development for the Presbyterian Church (USA), said she is "impressed by the
ministry that is being carried out by churches in rural communities."

"In spite of the economic depression that has hit these communities, church
members are putting their faith into action by working cooperatively with
other churches and groups in the community  to rebuild community life,"
Stephen said.

 	The Rural Ministry Advisory Committee, whose chair is Fred Brust, a
retired farmer from Union Mills, IN, selected the grant recipients during a
Sept. 22 meeting in Loysville, PA. The program, launched during the 1991
General Assembly (GA), has awarded annual grants since 1992.
The committee members are elected by GA and accountable to NMD. The money
comes from the budget of the evangelism and church development office.

The programs:

* The Church of Scotland: an unsolicited grant of $5,000 for the rebuilding
of farm communities ravaged by an epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease.

* Bridge to Kids (phase 2), Roseville, OH; Muskingum Valley Presbytery,
Synod of the Covenant: $2,000 for an after-school program for young people
and their families.

* Happy Hearts Day Care, College Springs, IA; Presbytery of Missouri River
Valley, Synod of Lakes and Prairies: $3,000 for a pre-school program, to be
used for scholarships for needy families.

* Parenting pilot project of Parish Nurse program, Tower City, ND;
Presbytery of Northern Plains, Synod of Lakes and Prairies: $3,000 for
parenting-skills and community development efforts in the farming
communities of Tower City and Buffalo.

* The Gospel Tent, Lemmon, SD; Presbytery of South Dakota, Synod of Lakes
and Prairies: $1,500 for ecumenical and interfaith activities.

* Summer Fun Days, Camden, AL; Sheppards and Lapsley Presbytery, Synod of
Living Waters: $3,000 for a six-week summer enrichment program for 200

* Union Youth Choir (phase 2), Slater, MO; Presbytery of Missouri Union,
Synod of Mid-America: $1,500 to provide meals for participants.

* Cinema Conversations, Food & Fellowship, Holton, KS; Presbytery of
Northern Kansas, Synod of Mid-America: $2,000 for a new recreational
outreach project sponsored by First Presbyterian Church and the Jackson
County Community Alliance.

* Wardensville Youth/Teen Center, Wardensville, WV; Presbytery of
Shenandoah, Synod of the Mid-Atlantic: $3,000 to buy recreational equipment
for a program that serves junior and senior high school youngsters.

* Community Benefit Music Program, Central Bridge, NY; Presbytery of Albany,
Synod of the Northeast: $3,000 for a Schoharie County music program.

* Hammond Food Pantry, Hammond, NY; Presbytery of Northern New York, Synod
of the Northeast: $3,000 for an ecumenical food pantry.

* Skate-park expansion, Malad, ID; Presbytery of Kendall, Synod of the
Pacific: $2,000 for a recreational facility in southeastern Idaho sponsored
by local service organizations including the Presbyterian church.

* Palmetto Island Community Center, Charleston, SC; Presbytery of
Charleston-Atlantic, Synod of South Atlantic: $3,000 to buy computer and
media equipment for a community center on James Island that serves
low-income residents.
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