Monday, March 23
Indian Nations Presbytery
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City is a small congregation with a large vision. Trinity’s 44 members are working to turn the state’s “sickest” zip code into one of its healthiest.
In 2012 Trinity began a health ministry in conjunction with Redeemer Lutheran Church, a neighboring ELCA congregation. With a modest grant from Indian Nations Presbytery and the support of other community organizations and area businesses, Trinity and Redeemer launched a series of seminars, health fairs, and medical screenings to address health and nutrition needs in the 73111 zip code—which ranked in the bottom tier of aggregate wellness scores in an assessment conducted by the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.
Before the first seminar, health ministry volunteers went door-to-door to distribute flyers and invite neighbors to a free lunch where they could meet health professionals and receive assistance with a variety of health and nutrition issues. Seminar attendance has been encouraging, and their impact felt well beyond the targeted zip code. As the ministry continues to grow, leaders are helping to address chronic health issues such as diabetes mellitus as well as other health and disability concerns. They also are taking on other community issues, such as advance directives for end-of-life care, crime and scam prevention, and emergency preparedness.
The Trinity and Redeemer congregations have long been leaders in addressing needs in Oklahoma City, and both have well-established ties to the neighborhood they serve. As city government works to revitalize East 23rd Street from the state capitol to I-35—providing both a face lift and improved amenities—Trinity and Redeemer are committed to serving the needs of residents in this vibrant, largely African American community.
Indian Nations Presbytery is home to 51 congregations and their 6,984 members.
—Aaron A. Carland, general presbyter
Let us join in prayer for:
Elder Patsy Smith, member, PMA Board
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Lord Jesus Christ, open our eyes to opportunities to show your love and compassion. As you healed those who came to you in need, so may we be agents of your healing in our communities. And as your touch brought wholeness and peace, so may our touch bring comfort and peace in your name. Amen.