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

Thursday, January 30

The Presbytery of San Fernando


Children at Holy Trinity VBS learn about the lives of the Israelites in Babylon.Photo by Hendrik Shanazarian



Children at Holy Trinity VBS learn about the lives of the Israelites in Babylon.


Photo by Hendrik Shanazarian


Many churches, after attempting a new endeavor and being disappointed, say: “We tried that and it didn’t work. Never again!” Holy Trinity Armenian Evangelical Church of Glendale, a church plant with the Presbytery of San Fernando, attempted a vacation Bible school for the first time in 2011. The results were unimpressive. “Maybe we needed to prepare more or do more publicity,” says Pastor Hendrik Shanazarian. “We had leaders, but we didn’t get any children!”

Instead of deciding that VBS wouldn’t work, they learned from the experience. They came back the next year with more leaders (20, from a church that averages 70 in worship), better preparation, a lot more publicity, and, of course, prayer. This time God blessed them with 25–30 children! Hendrik’s wife, Mariet, led this new and improved VBS featuring songs, games, and Bible dramatization. The whole congregation felt ownership of the ministry and saw the results of trust in God and commitment to their vision.

“VBS gave a new life to our children’s ministry,” Pastor Shanazarian says. “More kids joined our Sunday school, and their parents started attending the church more regularly. From the lessons learned from the past two years and encouraged by last year’s experience, the church has started planning for next summer’s VBS with excitement and full-on energy. We have a small youth ministry and pray that God may give us wisdom and the right people to have a similar experience for our youth. Please pray for both ministries!”

The presbytery is home to 6,784 members of 31 congregations.

Rev. Ken Baker, executive presbyter

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff
Rev. Ken Baker, executive presbyter
Sara Bauer, stated clerk
Casey Maddren, administrator
Marguerite Minor, bookkeeper
Wendy Gist, mission advocate

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Leah Bradley, PMA
Jerry Bradshaw, PMA
Diane Brasie, OGA

Let us pray

God of second chances, thank you for your faithfulness and your assurance that with you all things are possible. Help us serve in the name of Christ and to trust you for the result. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 143; 147:12-20
First Reading Genesis 16:15-17:14
Second Reading Hebrews 10:1-10
Gospel Reading John 5:30-47
Evening Psalms 81; 116


  • Great story, Ken. Thanks for sharing it. Greetings to Bob Thomson. So good to see you and Bob at the Synod Gathering. by Tom Rennard on 01/30/2014 at 8:54 a.m.

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