Monday, January 27
The Presbytery of the Pacific
In 2010 the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii distributed grants to each of its presbyteries, enabling them to reimagine mission in their region. Pacific Presbytery felt the best way to make disciples for the future was to invest in young adults to reimagine mission initiatives. The presbytery created a grant fund called Christ at the Door, whose goal is to grow new leaders for the church of the future, encouraging youth and young adults to be the protagonists of unique and creative outreach.
In 2012 members of University Presbyterian Church (UPC), on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, conceived the idea of using the arts to convey the peace, love, and forgiveness of Christ at a downtown homeless shelter. Impressed by this unique approach to outreach, the presbytery made UPC its first Christ at the Door grant recipient. The event, dubbed Conduit of Peace, had UPC members collaborating with several other congregations. That night 60 young artists performed music, dance, and plays to express the gospel on the roof of Union Rescue Mission in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
The members of the church were humbled by what God did through this project. Liz Terschuur, coordinator for the event, said, “We give God all the glory, for it was he who accomplished Conduit of Peace through his lavish work of grace in each individual involved—amazing.”
The Presbytery of the Pacific serves 11,236 members of 48 congregations.
—Liz Terschuur and Heidi Worthen Gamble
Let us join in prayer for:
Elder Thomas O. Fleming Jr., member, PMA Board
Elder Noelle Royer, member, PMA Board
Rev. Wendy Tajima, member, PMA Board
Rev. Linda Culbertson, general presbyter
Rev. Wendy Tajima, associate presbyter/stated clerk
Amy Bennett, director of finance
Kathy Porter, support staff
Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, mission advocate for hunger, poverty, and peacemaking concerns
Young Adult Volunteers
Tara Corbett, Brent Davis, John Kupar, and Laura Robinett, community development interns, Hollywood YAV site
Let us pray
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. . . . For it is in giving that we receive. Amen. —Prayer of Saint Francis