Presbyterians Today

NOV-DEC 2018

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Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 15 apartments in Spokane, the family of 10 finally found a home to live in. But suddenly, they were evicted without warning. Working with fellow educators, Manning secured a home for the family to store their belongings in. With a short window to get every- thing moved, though, the family needed more help than the teachers could provide. So Manning called her church family at Bethany, and they jumped into action. Longtime members Kris and Frank Cejka donated time — and a truck — to help move the family in a single day. Bethany Presbyterian not only helps when emergencies arise — the congregation also sponsors a refugee food drive, so that families Manning serves do not go hungry. The con- gregation also purchases blankets for the immigrant and refugee families, and Manning hands out the blankets in her classroom. Despite being named National Teacher of the Year, Manning did not plan to be a teacher when she graduated from college. In fact, she says, "it just sort of happened." After graduating with a degree in filmmaking, she was a paraeducator for a year. Then she went into the Peace Corps, which she says influ- ences how she is in the classroom. By having experiences outside of her comfort zone, she has learned to adapt to new environments by being open to different ways of thinking, being and doing. "Teaching people is my true calling," Manning said. "And the more we can connect our immigrant and refugee students to the commu- nity, the happier we are." Paul Seebeck is a communications strate- gist for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. COURTESY OF MANDY MANNING Through her church, Bethany Presbyterian, Mandy Manning reaches out to help others beyond her classroom. The congregation sponsors a food drive to help feed local refugee families. SEND FOR OUR FREE INFORMATION KIT & DVD 1011Military Road, P.O. Box 39, Buffalo, NY 14217; Toll Free 1-866-276-3686, e-mail: Visit us at BLENDING ARTISTRY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP SINCE 1946 C O L U M B A R I U M S A Columbarium in the life of the Church preserves a tradition of remembrance. An Armento Columbarium is an affordable alternative that preserves cherished memories and delivers a message of comfort in the knowledge that those that have touched our lives will always remain in the company of family & friends.

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