At the end of the summer of 2014, thirty disciples began the Ocean State Church of Christ. Sent out from an inspiring New England Christian Conference with 3,000+ participants, our team knew that God would do amazing things. And He did. But not exactly how we thought He would.
On Wednesday, May 24, Walter Arecias was immersed. After a night of praying, he called Kevin Mahoney and said that he wanted to get right with God. A small group meeting was already planned for that night at the Martins’ home. So many disciples gathered to see Walter’s new start in a tub in a back yard on a fantastic, warm day.
Prior to the baptism, all of the kids (and Angel) bounced on the Martins’ trampoline. Many adults brought snacks and laid them out. The fellowship was vibrant. And then the sharing began.
No Sunday service is ever the same. All of them inspire in different ways when our hearts are set on worship. However, there are those definite memorable ones that kind of take your breath away. Sunday, May 7, was like that.
First, Dave and Lori Seavey were back in Providence sharing for communion. That gave us an extra boost and special excitement as old friends, as David shared, came “back home.”
Also, 117 people filed into the auditorium. It was a large crowd for our new congregation and it wasn’t even a neighbor day. Folks just came to be with friends and to see Jesus.
Easter is always an exciting day, as the world stops to think about Jesus. On Sunday, April 16, our congregation entered into the spirit of resurrection in a lively fashion. The band joined us and did their usual great job of inspiring worship from the heart. Jiayin Sperry, Asia Stevens and Diana Wick performed a song while the communion was passed. Visiting guests Jesse and Jenna Brady led our hearts and minds in communion. And our next-to- last message in the series “Seven Words That Will Change Your Life” was presented. That word was . . . “HELP!”
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
3 John 1:4
On Saturday, April 15, Daniela Martins was baptized in her own back yard with many family members and friends present in support. For many years, Daniela has attended church services with her parents. However, in recent months, she has made the choice to study the Bible in a focused and consistent way. Within the past week, Daniela told her parents what she wanted to do. She made it clear that it was her personal decision.
Once a month, our congregation moves our midweek service to Friday night. On this night, typically the whole church hangs out in a more informal setting, frequently including food, games and a spiritual theme.
On Friday, April 14, our crew gathered at an old spot – the Cape Verdean Community Development building (CACD) on High Street in Pawtucket. Upon arrival, we all sang, shared good news and announcements. The best piece of news was the baptism the day before of Daniela Martins.
Recently our growing campus ministry took it upon themselves to help out the teen and pre-teen ministries in our church. In the past several months, three teenagers have been baptized. Others are studying the Bible.
Michelle McPherson is originally from Massachusetts. However, as she was looking for colleges, the one that accepted her into her desired track of nursing was in Rhode Island. Because of that, all of us got to meet Michelle from day one of her arrival on campus. She has been attending Bible Talks, devos and services for this entire year.
On the week of March 13-18, a total of eight different disciples took all or part of their spring break time to come to Providence and share the gospel with others. Primarily, disciples from Southern Connecticut and UConn (Storrs) arrived on Monday to bond and blitz for a memorable week.
On Tuesday, March 14, a blizzard warning stopped the planned events for the first time in the history of campus swap in Rhode Island. But starting back up again on Wednesday, the crew reached out and roamed around the state despite low temperatures and high winds.
On the weekend of February 24-26, beautiful weather enveloped Newport, RI, as hundreds of marriage couples converged at the Marriott for a few days of fun, fellowship, lessons and wedded bliss.
The Ocean State church married couples were able to partner with many others from Boston, Springfield and Worcester, Massachusetts. Ed and Nancy Dawson from Chicago were the special, invited guest speakers. Their relate-ability and realness served as great examples for how we should be for God and with one another.
Check out Leo’s feed and/or his photos. Also, join with us as we strive to lay down our lives for one another. God created marriage because He knows that we can be “better together.”