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New IPC support groups offer more emotional, spiritual support

IPC member Susan Haskell takes a look back at the class's history and how the bible study has evolved over the last three decades.

Greetings from beautiful Montreat, NC where I am spending the week with the IPC youth for the annual youth conference. This has been a fantastic week together with lots of worship, singing, small groups, great conversations, much laughter, and some holy tears. Montreat is the kind of place that invites that. I find I breathe more deeply when I am here.

Kim Polson, an Special Ed teacher, knew she wanted to introduce her two children, Ben and Lucy, to serving others. They wanted to do it together. She discovered her strengths during a fall Strengths in Service class. Now, Kim has organized a way for her family and others to get involved with the Summer Learning Program.

A group of IPC members and friends, including Rita Wells, served in Chiapas, Mexico in June. They taught English and Spanish and helped finish restrooms that were constructed thanks to a 2015 IPC Foundation small grant of $5,000.

A record number of IPC youth (33!) and at least six chaperones are traveling to the PC(USA) conference center at Montreat, NC July 9-15 to participate in a youth conference entitled, "A Missing Peace."

The rising Maryville College junior is from Knoxville, TN. He spent much of his youth moving as a result of his father's call as a Presbyterian minister. Sam is spending the summer at IPC thanks to an IPC Foundation grant.

The 2017 Summer Learning Program has kicked off with a bang! We have 80 rising 3rd, 4th and 5th graders that have come to camp to experience summer fun while learning at the same time. Our awesome teachers and staff have worked hard to prepare the best teaching curriculum and to help get the farm ready to welcome the campers.

For more than forty years, the IPC Foundation has helped further the church's mission of ministering to others. It's a beautiful story of love, kindness and support reaching out to all corners of the Earth. IPC Foundation board members, donors and volunteers have witnessed the Holy Spirit at work and have seen lives changed. The 2016 Annual Report tells that story now with more pictures in full color and narratives from the grant recipients who are using the grant money to transform lives.

With uniforms on, shoes laced and backpacks filled, IPC's Boy Scout Troop 28 began a 10-mile hike through downtown Birmingham on May 6. The stops showed the Magic City's transformation into the city they call home today.