“I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason, I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1: 15-16
Presbytery Friends, Every morning I wake up grateful for the love of Christ being expressed through faithful disciples in our Lake Erie Presbytery. Every day my prayers are full of joy for your commitment and service. In my role as General Presbyter, I am privileged to see a broad view of church life in this presbytery. I see ordinary acts of faith expressed consistently year after year. I also see extraordinary expressions of loving service. Both often go largely unnoticed as dedicated Christians quietly serve in Christ’s name without fanfare or applause. With this in mind, every month, I will highlight a mission or ministry of one of our churches that valiantly reflects the love of Christ. I hope that you will join me in giving thanks for these ministries.
This month, Anita Applauds Worship on Wednesday (WOW) that meets at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at New Beginnings Church of God on Leslie Road in Meadville. Originating out of Church of the Redeemer Presbyterian in Meadville and now assisted by Linesville Presbyterian Church, WOW began more than a decade ago for people with special needs who are differently able. Rev. Rachel Johns was the impetus behind the ministry and remains its primary clergy leader, joined by Commissioned Pastor Rose Hilliard (Woodcock-Gravel Run Presbyterian Church). Rachel and Rose faithfully lead this worship service every Wednesday, much to the delight of the people they serve. They have also become important pastoral care providers for those with special needs and their life skills coaches, people who are connected with seven service agencies in Crawford County. Even on the heels of the pandemic, Worship on Wednesday (WOW) draws 130-160 people [September average attendance was 145!], making it one of our larger worshipping communities. Bravo Rev. Rachel Johns and CP Rose Hilliard for seeing a need in your community and faithfully providing this valuable service! As you minister to “the least of these” you reflect the love of Christ powerfully.