OUR CHURCHES: PEOPLE AND LIVES MATTER - Manokin's Outreach Ministry In February of this year, The Manokin Presbyterian Church was contacted by Ms. Pattie Tingle, the director of Mac Incorporated, of Salisbury, MD. She asked if the churches in our area were involved with people without families. To be honest... We had to tell her we didn't know. So we checked with the churches in our community of Princess Anne, and then finally in all of Somerset County. There were no church programs involved with individuals that had no family. This question was asked because Mac, which is a nonprofit organization working with senior citizens to keep them active as long as they can, also becomes state legal words of their clients. State clients who have no family, when they die, they are cremated and then sent to the organization which has had the last involvement in their life. At this point, Mac had 10 Cremated Remains. When this information was shared with the Manokin Session, they decided that they had a cemetery outside of town that at one point had a small church building on it, which had been removed and had only eight known individuals buried there. In their discussion, they proclaimed that people matter ... even if you don't have a family ... life matters, and so we should do something as Gods people. They decided that each individual should have a plaque mounted on a stone and buried together in a New Memorial Garden. On April 17, the day after Easter, 9 souls were memorialized and laid to rest in the New Palmetto Cemetery Memorial Garden. And that left l .... but this is not the end of the story. I must tell you that God works personally in strange and miraculous ways. Having not seen the full list until I picked up the name tags, I found that I recognized one name. It turns out that it was the name of my mother-in-law who had been living in living at Hartley Hall, in Pocomoke. In 2013 my wife and I could no longer finance her care, and so she was placed onto the state roles as a ward of the state. A year later she died and was sent off to be cremated so that she could be sent to a cemetery in Missouri where her family was buried. Somehow, in the paperwork she got lost. And so even though we prayed she would be found, we finally had to come to the realization that we would probably never know what had happened to her. And now we know ... She will be laid to rest this Summer with family. People's lives matter in Gods Eyes. Never doubt His answer to prayer. Rev. David Parke
Manokin and Crossroads International Fellowship host a community lunch each Sunday at noon.
New Castle Presbytery has a partnership with the Mam Presbytery in Guatemala. Here is Bill Reed with two of our Mam partners, Ramon Diaz and Isreal Perez as well as the New Castle executive, Jim Moseley. They were attending a PCUSA network meeting in Guatemala.
A picture from Pastor Bill Reed's recent trip to the Yucatan Penisula in Mexico
A group of children in the Yucatan who have just received a class on the use of clean water.
A Living Waters for the World clean water system in the village of Villa Madero in the Yucatan