Friday, September 24
Sierra Mission Partnership
There is a town in southwest Nevada that is just over the Virgin River from Arizona and only a few miles from the Utah border. They call it Mesquite. It is in strong Mormon country, but in late 2007, the word “Presbyterian” began to be heard around the town.
Nevada Presbytery, with its 4,880 members in 24 congregations, had not given much thought to doing new church development (NCD) work in remote locations, particularly with all the growth that Las Vegas was experiencing. But Mesquite began to attract attention. By discerning the work of the Spirit that was going on some seventy-five miles from the frenetic activity of Las Vegas, members of the Mission Outreach Committee and Nevada Presbytery staff called a gathering of those interested in forming a new Presbyterian church.
About fifteen people showed up for this gathering: people who had been elders and educators, organists and treasurers, people who had a vision for something new to blossom in this retirement and recreational community.
With help from pastors in Las Vegas and St. George, Utah, a worshiping community developed and services started in September 2008. To provide funding for this NCD, a Mission Program grant application was submitted and approved, and matching funds were submitted by Nevada Presbytery.
The Spirit was moving not just in Mesquite but also in the hearts and minds of leaders of the three presbyteries that converge in the vicinity of Mesquite. These leaders are now working on a covenant relationship between the presbyteries of Nevada, Grand Canyon, and Utah, not only to facilitate the development of the Mesquite church, but to work collegially on other missions and ministries of the PC(USA).
Let us join in prayer for:
Sierra Mission Partnership Staff
Mary Elva Smith, temporary acting general presbyter
The Rev. Rolfe Granath, temporary associate presbyter for Nevada
The Rev. Jay P. Olson, associate for mission support
Rev. Jeri Viera Dahlke, director of educational ministries
Elder Pat Strand, administrative associate
Francis P. McHugh, full-charge bookkeeper
Barbara Rohrs, administrative assistant
Elder Joyce Butcher, stated clerk
PC(USA) Agencies' Staff
Nancy Reyes, BOP
Laverne Rhodes, GAMC
Thank you, God, for planting your church where you would have it grow. Grant to new churches the light and sustenance that are needed for their growth, that they may shine brightly as your beacons of grace in their communities. Amen.
Ps. 88, 148 and Ps. 6, 20
Esth. 8:1–8, 15–17
Acts 19:21–41; Luke 4:31–37