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“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matt. 25:35

Saturday, January 25

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Presbytery of Los Ranchos


Pancakes and Presents Photo by Kirk Winslow




Pancakes and Presents


Photo by Kirk Winslow


How many college freshmen get up early during Thanksgiving break for coffee with their mom and pastor? Add one to the list: Andrew Manos.

The meeting was to plan the very first community service project of Canvas—a new congregation launched by Irvine Presbyterian Church in an effort to engage the non- and dechurched with the gospel. The vision was simple: encourage people to take initiative, dream of the good they want to do, and do it in a way that those outside the church could share. But, as often happens with experienced leaders, ideas began to drift toward the tried and true: “Perhaps a toy drive?”

The next day Andrew called me: “I want to throw a pancake breakfast for my friends. I’ll make the food, then we all will head to the store to buy toys for KidWorks [a local nonprofit in need].”

Less than a week later, Andrew’s Facebook event page showed more than 100 people attending. That’s when Canvas caught its own vision, and the first annual Pancakes and Presents was born. Andrew did the inviting, and Canvas worked the logistics. When all was said and done, more than 125 people came together and brought toys to families in need. The only question from others on the street was, “Why weren’t we invited!” Plans are already in place for Andrew’s street to host the neighborhood next Christmas.

Canvas’s lesson: A lot can happen when the church decides to empower the creativity of its people, especially the young adults.

The Presbytery of Los Ranchos serves 18,699 members of 49 congregations.

Rev. Kirk Winslow, Irvine Presbyterian Church

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff
Rev. Dr. Steven Toshio Yamaguchi, presbytery pastor
Rev. Tom Cramer, associate presbytery pastor
Rev. Forrest Claasen, stated clerk
Bonita Carr, administrative coordinator
Elvira Ortez, executive secretary
Kathy Hill Long, business and accounting manager

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Dennis Blum, PMA
Michele Blum, PPC
Rev. Raymond Bonwell, BOP

Let us pray

You are the Bread of life, O Lord. Thank you for feeding us with food for our bodies and for our souls. By your grace, multiply what we offer to others, so that all may taste and see that you are good. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 56; 149
First Reading Genesis 12:9-13:1
Second Reading Hebrews 7:18-28
Gospel Reading John 4:27-42
Evening Psalms 118; 111


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