Thursday, February 5
Presbytery of the Pacific
“The only solution is love,” says Dorothy Day, cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement dedicated to offering hospitality and service to the poor and homeless. On any given day on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, you will see neighbors who live on the streets accessing services. You will also see a young woman floating through the crowd, greeting each person by name. They light up at the sight of her. Her name is Amie Quigley, and she is truly one of Pacific Presbytery’s compassionate, prophetic disciples of Jesus.
One day a man named Mark met Amie at the Lord’s Lighthouse hot-meal program. He was known in the city as a very tough case. He spent a few nights at First Hollywood’s overnight shelter but got dismissed for doing drugs. A few weeks later, he showed up again, this time with a blank expression on his face, unable to speak. Amie broke down sobbing, hugged him, and told him God loved him and First Hollywood loved him.
As the weeks went on, Mark seemed to improve slowly. One Sunday, he invited Amie to sit with him at church. When Communion was served, she asked if he knew the significance of it. She then shared the gospel with him, and he took Communion and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He said he felt very peaceful that day and began working on his mental health issues. Months later, Mark asked to be baptized, sharing his faith in front of the congregation of First Hollywood.
Our hope is that through compassionate disciples like Amie, our many other friends experiencing homelessness not only find shelter and restored health but come to know Christ and the loving embrace of Christ’s church.
The Presbytery of the Pacific is home to 46 congregations.
Let us join in prayer for
Elder Thomas Fleming Jr., member, PMA Board
Rev. Linda Culberston, general presbyter
Steve Smith, temporary stated clerk
Kathy Porter, support staff
Amy Bennett, director of finance
Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, mission catalyst
Neema Cyrus-Franklin, website and staff support
Young Adult Volunteers
Jordan Akin, Lanita Ames, Heather Glady, Christian Huisman, and Molly Morris, Hollywood
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God, open our hearts, that we would see everyone as your beloved child. Amen.