The Holy Way Presbyterian Church
Past, Present, Future


Based on the Mission Study Report 2020


Mission Statement


The Holy Way Presbyterian Church brings the good news of Jesus Christ to all God’s people and faithfully follows the Lord’s holy way. We live out our mission statement through:


                    Worship that proclaims God’s saving activity in our lives, that brings glory to God through prayer, proclamation and music, and that welcomes diverse people together in the presence of the Holy Spirit.


                    Education that teaches the story of God’s living word in the Bible to children and adults.


                   Caring that demonstrates the commitment to follow Jesus’ commandments to feed the hungry, clothe the naked,                                           care for the sick and welcome the stranger.


                    Service that extends beyond the walls of the church.


Vision Statement

We are a church with a vision for future growth and ministry in Christ's name. Our name, "The Holy Way," comes from Isaiah's vision of "Zion's Happy Future" in Isaiah 35.

We do hope to become a "place of gladness," where the "desert shall rejoice and blossom abundantly." We hope and pray that through an authentic ministry of reconciliation we can make our congregation a "family of God"-- that our lives will become more abundant. We hope to be a place where we can see the "glory of the Lord" in our beautiful natural setting at the base of Cat Mountain. We hope to be a "place of healing"--a place where all can "obtain joy and gladness." And, as we become a Holy Way, perhaps we can realize that Christ goes with us wherever we are on and in our pilgrimage of life.

(From: A Report to Presbytery De Cristo, Annual Meeting January 1986)


History of The Holy Way Presbyterian Church

The Early Years

In 1983 the Presbytery de Cristo New Church Development Committee was interested in developing a PCUSA congregation on the southwest side of the Tucson Metropolitan area. A demographic study was done to evaluate the growth potential of this geographic area. The Committee located this piece of property and made arrangements for its purchase. The Presbytery called David Roop as the Organizing Pastor. It was Reverend Roop who suggested the name The Holy Way, and this name was approved by the charter members and by the Presbytery. The church was not formally known by any other name, although it was jokingly suggested that, with the barn so prominent, the church should be called St. Barnabas.


On July 5, 1983 a rental agreement was signed for the ranch house, barn and surrounding five acres. The Holy Way Presbyterian Church (HW) was officially organized on Palm Sunday 1985. The first service was October 2, 1983 on the Sunday during the 500-year flood. Approximately 15 people worshiped around the fireplace in the Ranch House for the first service. Services were generally held in the Ranch House, although some services were held outside, weather permitting. Before moving into the current Sanctuary, there were up to three services held each Sunday due to lack of space in the Ranch House for a single service.


Rev. David D. Roop was installed as Pastor on November 3, 1985. After several years of service, Rev. Roop resigned in 1991. 

In 1992 Rev. Ed Parsil, an ordained pastor in the Reform Church in America, was asked to fill in every Sunday until a part-time pastor could be named. He could not fill the pulpit as Stated Supply, or temporary, but could continue a week-by-week basis as Pulpit Supply, as he was not a member of the Presbytery. Ed Parsil began calling in October 1992. He was subsequently asked to be Interim Pastor


The Presbytery Committee felt there were more than enough retired pastors locally without bringing one in from outside the denomination. Per his request, Rev. Parsil filled in in an unofficial capacity. Rev. Parsil was listed in the bulletin as “Foster Pastor” from October 1992 through January 1995. Ed Parsil was Parish Visitor in June 1996.


Rev. Raymond (Ray) Thomas reported on January 23, 1995, and was installed as Pastor on April 2, 1995, after receiving his call on January 1, 1995. Part of the criteria for hiring Rev. Ray Thomas was the goal to have a younger pastor with the hope of bringing in families with children. He was a full-time pastor until 2018 when he transitioned to three-fourths time.


On March 31, 1985, the church had 70 members and four affiliates. With the church name of The Holy Way, the goal was to realize that Christ goes with us wherever we are on and in our pilgrimage of life.


Church under Ray Thomas’s Leadership

Under the leadership of Pastor Ray Thomas the new (and present) sanctuary was conceived and constructed, with the first church service held in December 1999. Ground breaking was May 23, 1999. The congregation all had shovels and lined up around the perimeter of the proposed building to ceremoniously dig a shovel full of dirt. Construction began June 1, 1999. The service on the dedication day began in the Ranch House.

By January 1995 three services were held each Sunday in the Ranch House. In December 1999, the last service began in the Ranch House. The congregation, as a group, walked from the Ranch House into the Sanctuary of the present building where the service was concluded. Two services were held each Sunday until approximately five years ago when the church began holding one service each Sunday. Current official membership is 101. There are a considerable number of “snow birds” in the congregation. As a result of the summer movement, the summer attendance can drop to the 50s (refer to Appendix A).


Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the children was started in July 1993.


Attendance included children from member and non-member families. Attendance in the past has been as high as 40 participants. The number of children has fluctuated throughout the years; however, due to a significant decrease in attendance, VBS was suspended in 2017. 

In May 1998, The Holy Way Presbyterian Church took out two loans from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program (PILP). Each loan was in the amount of $300,000. One of the loans was an Investment Loan, which was repaid in March 2015. The other loan, an Endowment Loan, was repaid in May 2018. The congregation came together with many fund-raisers and donations to help repay these loans. Mortgage burning ceremonies were held on March 29, 2015 and June 10, 2018, respectively.


A college scholarship was started in memory of C. E. Fitzgerald in 1996. Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors. 


The Holy Way Presbyterian Church supports Camp Montlure. This is a summer camp opportunity for children in the congregation. Due to a forest fire that destroyed most of the camp and surrounding area a few years later, the camp has been held in other locations.

In 2016 the Sunday School completed a Heifer International project of a $5,000 Gift Ark.


Pastor Thomas and Ellen LaCroix introduced the idea of establishing a Stephen Ministry. In early January 2016, they attended an extensive training session in California. The Stephen Ministry held its first training session the spring and summer of 2016.  A third class of Stephen Ministry was held in 2019. Each member who becomes a Stephen Minister Caregiver is required to attend 50 hours of class time before receiving their first assignment. The Caregivers meet once or twice a month for on-going training and support in their care giving missions.

A church directory was developed in 2016, and updated in 2020. This is available in printed and electronic form.


In keeping with the electronic age, The Holy Way Church developed a web site in 2017. The church also has a Facebook page and Instagram accounts. In addition to information about The Holy Way, the church calendar, bulletins, newsletter, and sermons can be located on the web site.

The church has always been able to meet its financial obligations, although there have been several shortfalls in recent years. See Appendix A for budget overview. See Appendix B for the most recent approved budget dated January 7, 2020.



Pastor for Growth and Development

Pastor Elizabeth Smith preached her first sermon on July 12, 2015 as a visiting pastor. She was approved as a Parish Associate for a trial period of six months. Part of her salary was comprised of miscellaneous funds and a Dream Grant. A few members of the congregation made several donations to her salary. The Commission on Ministry of the presbytery approved her relationship with The Holy Way. Pastor Smith was installed as part-time Pastor of Growth and Development in 2016. This position ended at the end of April 2020 due to financial constraints. Pastor Elizabeth was active with trips to Mexico, Vacation Bible School, pop-up Sunday school, intermittent adult education series, and the annual Women’s Retreat. She was involved with hospital and home visits as well as being in contact with the congregation through telephone and emails. She kept the church directory updated as well as managing Holy Way’s Facebook and web site. She also shared the Sunday sermons with Pastor Thomas and Pastor Cheek.

Pastoral Transition

Pastor Ray Thomas resigned on February 19, 2019 to accept a call as Co- Executive Presbyter at the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee. Pastor John Cheek was hired with a yearly contract as Interim Pastor on June 17, 2019.



Due to COVID-19 virus, there have been major obstacles introduced to our church related to required “social distancing.” A task force of nurses was developed to make recommendations to the Session regarding face-to-face meetings, including church services. During the time of social distancing, Pastors John Cheek and Elizabeth Smith have made themselves available, and have used another church’s facilities to record and post services on the church’s web site. Pastor Cheek continues to hold office hours Tuesday through Friday. The church secretary is working from home to promote her health safety. Pastor Cheek routinely sends out emails and cards to the congregation to keep them informed of the status of church services. At this writing, the Task Force continues to meet and develop recommendations for reopening to the Session.



Holy Way Today

The Holy Way Presbyterian Church gathers and scatters depending on the season. In our gathering, we support and nurture one another in the love of God. In our scattering, we will show and share the mercy and love of Jesus the Christ to all we meet, and particularly to the marginalized. Whether together or apart, we are joined in the power of the Holy Spirit.


The Congregation

How do we encounter Christ?

  1. We understand Jesus the Christ to be the clearest and purest manifestation of God’s love for the world. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection show his overwhelming and overcoming love for us. This calls us to live a life which reflects that love to all we encounter.
  2. We encounter Christ in our worship. We seek to honor God in our gathering, in our prayers, in our singing, and in hearing the word of God proclaimed.

  3. We encounter Christ in our church community. In our love, nurture, and support for one another, we encounter Christ in ourselves and in the others as well. We enjoy fellowship before and after worship, we call, we visit, we pray for one another, we provide transportation, we grieve when we say goodbye to part of our congregation for the summer, and we rejoice when we are reunited in the fall. The Men’s breakfast meets monthly at a local restaurant. There are monthly congregational outings to enrich fellowship opportunities.

  4. We encounter Christ through a prayer chain. Anyone needing prayers for self, friends or family initiate a call to the leader of the prayer chain or the church office. This information is dispersed to others on the prayer chain to uplift th

  5. We encounter Christ in those whom we meet through our missions, and we serve them in the name of Jesus the Chr​​


-In our ministry to Altar Valley Middle School, we reach out to a population of students who, by and large, come out of an environment of poverty. This is a constituency which is near to the heart of Jesus, and near to our hearts. Our gifts to the students, school and to the teachers make it possible for the students to have a learning experience more like that of the students in wealthier school districts.  One of the aspects of this support is the purchase of Christmas gifts for students at the school. 

-In our mission in support of Café Justo, we encounter Jesus in the person of coffee farmers who have been in the past, and continue to be, at risk of exploitation by unscrupulous (or at least unsympathetic) coffee brokers. By using and selling Café Justo at The Holy Way, we stand in solidarity with those coffee farmers and all who work for Café Justo, doing our part to assure that they can remain on their own land and that they can live with dignity.

-In our mission to the Southern Arizona Community Diaper Bank in Tucson: Although the Southern Arizona Community Diaper Bank provides diapers for all age groups, we support those who require adult diapers and whose financial situation makes it difficult for them to buy the supplies they need. As we seek to protect their dignity and their health, we encounter Jesus in them.

-In our mission to the Tohono O’Odham nation, through Papago United Presbyterian Church in Sells, Arizona, we encounter a community which has been historically marginalized and disadvantaged. We seek to bring warmth in a quite literal way with our drive for warm coats, sweaters, hats and jackets in the fall. We feel that our love is shared as these items are shared with those in need.

-By our participation in Interfaith Community Services, we join with Christians and others of good conscience in feeding the hungry and comforting those in need. We encounter Jesus in our sisters and brothers in the ministry, as well as those who are the beneficiaries of our mission.

-In our support for Tucson Borderlands Young Adult Volunteers we encounter young women and men who are exploring their lives of faith and God’s call in this region. We encourage them and support them, understanding that they are our younger brothers and sisters in Christ.

-In our mission to the Friends of Robles Food and Clothing Bank, gift cards are donated at Christmas. We have partnered with the local Fire Department by donating toys at Christmas as well.

-In our mission to support the local community’s food needs, we maintain a small food closet in the Ranch House. People do not need to be church members to receive food donations. Church members bring nonperishable food for the food closet the first Sunday of the month. The overflow food is delivered to Friends of Robles Food Bank.

-In our mission to the community, Alcoholics Anonymous and Al- Anon usually meet weekly in the Ranch House. They have not been meeting recently due to the social distancing requirement from the COVID-19.

-In our mission to the community at large, special donations are collected throughout the year that go toward feeding the hungry and helping those affected by natural disasters.

-In our mission to support those in sorrow, the Prayer Shawl Ministry provides either hand-made shawls or lap robes to encircle with love, prayer and energy those who are going through trying times. These can also be given to those celebrating milestones in their lives.

-In addition to the above, we support the missions of our denomination through the Presbytery de Cristo, Synod of the Southwest, and the General Assembly.

-In our mission to honor deceased members, a memorial plaque is in the Narthex with the engraved names of each departed soul.

Our Community

Income patterns: 30% of the people within a five-mile radius of the church are retirees. (Age and income information source: United States Postal Service.)


Population Age and Income for those Portions of ZIP Codes Within a 5-Mile Radius of The Holy Way



Neighborhood                  Age 25-54               Age 55+                Median Income


Zip Code 85713                       24                          66                               $42K


Zip Code 85735                       35                          35                               $52K


Zip Code 85757                       40                          15                               $40K


Zip Code 85746                       37                          27                               $47K


Zip codes are indicative of those located within a five-mile radius of Holy Way Presbyterian Church. Even though zip codes extend well beyond the five-mile radius of the church, the age and income numbers are representative of those within a five-mile radius of the church.

Neighborhoods include those located in the southwest Tucson area and consist of Copper Crest, Desert Pueblo, Drexel Heights, Mesa Ridge, Plaza del Sol, Rincon Country West, Sierra Villas, Star Ridge, Summit, Three Points, Tucson Estates, Tucson Estates II, Tucson Mountain Sanctuary, and Valencia West.

Many residents who live within these zip codes are retired. The retirees consist of full-time residents or ones who only spend the winter months in the area.

The middle-aged group consists of working people with a diverse mix of mostly Caucasian and Hispanic background. Many have children under the age of 18 who still live at home and attend school in the local area. There are no major companies headquartered within a five-mile radius of Holy Way, but the residents who live in the area work in a wide variety of fields and for well-known companies, institutions or agencies.

The majority of members of Holy Way Presbyterian Church live within five miles of the church. There are, however, a few who drive greater distances than five miles.

  1. Faith communities:

    1. Within two-mile radius

      1. Calvary Assembly of God, 4540 South Tucson Estates Parkway, 85735

      2. Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 4520 W. Ajo Way, 85746

      3. Oasis All Tribes A/G Church, 5761 S. Gilo Ave., 85746

      4. Tucson Mountain Baptist church, 5757 W. Ajo Way, 85735

    2. Within five-mile radius

      1. Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, 6000 South Cardinal Avenue 85746

      2. Drexel Heights Baptist Church, 2802 W. Mossman Rd, 85746

      3. Calvary Evangelistic Center, 3971 W. Irvington Rd, 85746

      4. Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 5425 W Bopp Road, 85735

      5. Mission Valley Church of Christ, 3022 W. Bilby Rd, 85746

2.  The major employers in the area include Davis Monthan AFB, University of Arizona, Tucson Unified School District, Sunnyside School District, Raytheon Missile Company, Caterpillar, U.S. Border Patrol, Pima County, City of Tucson, Tucson Electric Power, Trico Electric, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Drexel Heights Fire, Tucson Police, Banner Health, Tucson Medical Center, Southern Arizona Veterans Healthcare System, Walmart, Fry’s Grocery, Safeway Grocery, Old Tucson, Amazon Distribution Center, and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

3. Smaller businesses located within five miles of Holy Way Presbyterian Church are Circle K, Subway, Dairy Queen, Dominos, McDonalds, Tiny’s Restaurant, West Ajo Feed Store, Food City, Little Caesars, Jack in the Box, McDonalds,Dollar Store, Bank of the West, White’s Hardware Store, Brats Bar and Grill, Elsies Emporium and Alterations, Queens Donuts, House of Cheng restaurant, Dr. Elizabeth Schmahl (dentist ), Jordan's Hardware, Home Smart realty, Jan's Korner Cafe, Scissors and Clippers pet grooming, Baby Beluga restaurant, It's all Good (gifts),Norma Logan Beauty Salon, Randall Realty, Los Nopales restaurant, Pedro's Barber Shop, laundromat, Circle K, Coyote Pause restaurant, Cat Mountain B&B, Tucson Mountain Motors, Susy's Shear Artistry, The Rock Shop, Family Dollar and Dollar General.


Our gifts as a church

  1. Generosity in friendship and caring. Strengths include friendliness and caring. It has been described as overflowing love. First-time visitors are acknowledged at the beginning of each service and are presented with welcome bags that include friendship bread. Members of the Session and Deacons are encouraged to welcome the first-time visitors and ensure they are introduced and welcomed during the Fellowship hour after Sunday service.

  2. Physical plant.

    1. The main building houses the sanctuary, office, restrooms and conference room.

      1. The sanctuary is equipped with audio-visual equipment that can be used to show Christian movies and important announcements for church attendees, etc.

      2. The Conference room is used for meetings and Bible Study.

        1. It is equipped with a monitor and equipment for Zoom-type meetings.

      3. The sanctuary is used for church services, congregational meetings, baptisms, weddings, memorial services and “pop-up” Sunday school (special speakers)

    2. An adjacent building, called the Ranch House, has several uses:

      1. Sunday School Classroom

        1. Sometimes used as a craft room

      2. Two bathrooms

      3. Library

      4. Kitchen

      5. A small room off the kitchen can be used as a nursery, but recently has some games for the younger children.

      6. Two offices

        1. Director of Music

        2. Part-time pastor

      7. Large dining room, which is used for

        1. Fellowship hour after church services

        2. Church meals

        3. Monthly lunch and games

        4. Large meetings/classes

        5. Choir practice before church service

        6. Rented out for:

          1. Homeowner’s associations

          2. AA

          3. Al-anon

          4. Girl Scouts

          5. Wedding receptions

          6. Memorial receptions

    3. Another building next to the parking lot is a barn that is used for storage.

    4. Next to the barn is a playground area that is used by our Sunday School children as well as families who live close to the church.

    5. There is ample parking for worship on Sundays or for meetings. Most of the parking lot is paved. There is adequate, marked handicapped parking. A smaller gravel lot is in front of the Ranch House. The walkway from the gravel parking lot has a handrail installed for safety.

    6. Between the Ranch House and Sanctuary there is a round picnic table with pull out benches to accommodate wheelchairs.

  3. Tradition of excellence in worship.

    1. The Christian spirit is felt each Sunday with greeters welcoming each congregant as they enter the church, first time visitors are welcomed, and cares and concerns are shared during the service.  The church offers assistive listening devices to assist those with hearing loss.

    2. Pastor teaches the Scripture in sermons.(JV)Weekly Bible class helps with understanding the scriptures.

    3. Pastor keeps publicized office hours, and is available by phone at all times.

    4. Monthly Communion Services.

    5. By having the availability of renting out the Ranch House, our church becomes a blessing to the nearby communities who need extra space for special functions.

  4. Strengths (include Our Gifts as a Church)

    1. A definite strength is the location of the Holy Way Presbyterian Church. It is easily accessed from Ajo Highway. There are multiple housing areas with families, retirement neighborhoods, and an elementary school. As indicated above, there are many small businesses that support these neighborhoods.

    2. Most people choose to live in this area as it is away from urban areas and congested traffic. Hospitals, fire departments, grocery stores, and shopping centers are easily reached within 15-20 minutes.

    3. Opportunities are close by for those who choose to continue working and volunteering.

    4. Most church members are retired and have time and opportunity to serve. Many bring skills from their prior professions and hobbies. This is evident in the prayerful work done by the Deacons and Session as well as facility maintenance. Those who knit and crochet make prayer shawls for our Prayer Shawl Ministry. They also make hats for the winter Warming up Sells drive each fall.

    5. Our church community is perceived as family.  This is evident by a pictorial You Tube slide show that can be reached through the church web site. We reach out to those hurting as well as those celebrating. One can feel the love and compassion when they enter our sanctuary. Many first- time visitors return because of the warm welcoming they receive.

    6. Our church is blessed with professional musical services of our pianist and choir director. There are also very talented members who provide music with instruments or singing to the services.

    7. The annual Women’s Retreat is well-attended. The retreat was started in 2014 as a weekend event with a Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning worship service. In the past three years it has become a one-day event, which has resulted in an increased attendance.

    8. The home bound, people in hospitals, long-term care and rehabilitation receive uplifting visits from the pastor as well as receiving communion. This enables them to be kept updated on church activities as well as much-needed socialization.

    9. The church secretary mails out monthly newsletters to those who do not have computer access. The homebound and hearing impaired also receive copies of the church sermons.

    10. During this time of isolation due to the COVID-19 virus, weekly sermons and messages from the pastor can be accessed through the church’s website.

  5. Challenges

    1. Attendance: Due to the number of “snow birds” who leave during the summer, church attendance falls dramatically during these months: (See Appendix A).

    2. Concern has been expressed at the loss of the Pastor for Growth and Development position. It is feared that the growth potential will initially be severely limited. There is concern we may not be “adjusting our vision quickly enough to serve our rapidly changing/growing community.”

    3. The vast majority of our attendees are elderly. This results in members relocating to be close to family as well as end-of-life transitions. It would be of great benefit to have younger members with children to balance out the church population.

    4. There are currently no women’s Bible studies or adult Sunday School classes.

    5. The Bell Choir is currently on hold due to lack of participation.

    6. Not all members have access to computers, and thus miss out on Facebook and church website postings. The church secretary mails out the monthly newsletter to these people. A few of the people who are homebound receive copies of the sermons by mail.

Holy Way’s Future

Spiritual discernment

The Holy Way has a long tradition of ministry led by the Holy Spirit, particularly in the area of missions. The congregation’s devotion to the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona grew out of a member’s interaction with the Diaper Bank during her father’s final illness. She was led to create and maintain a relationship in which The Holy Way now provides substantial support for those adults in need of this support.

For years, The Holy Way provided food support for the Community Food Bank. After Pastor Ray Thomas began serving The Holy Way, people began stopping at the church on their way from the Tohono O’Odham reservation, asking for food. The Holy Spirit revealed to him that there was a need for The Holy Way to open a food pantry to support those west of Tucson who were in need. The Food Pantry continues to be a vibrant ministry at The Holy Way.

When Wendy Mattias, currently a member of the Session of The Holy Way, began teaching at Altar Valley Middle School, she became aware of the impact of poverty on the children of the school. She also became aware of the fact that the income levels of the school families was putting pressure on teachers and administrators to supplement the needs of the children to help create opportunities to thrive. The Holy Spirit led Wendy to persuade the congregation of The Holy Way to make supporting the middle school as a regular part of its mission. Children and parents, as well as teachers and administrators, have benefitted from this ongoing ministry.

It was also Wendy Mattias who learned that a friend had a number of prayer shawls available. Those prayer shawls provided the beginning of an ongoing ministry in which members of the congregation knit or crochet shawls to be given to members who are sick or recovering from surgery.

Greg Hershberger learned of the ministry of Jim and Jodi McGill in Niger and Southern Sudan. The McGills, who are PCUSA missionaries, oversee the drilling of water wells to provide clean water for communities in those two countries. Greg felt led to bring this idea to The Holy Way; in response the Mission Committee committed to providing a sizeable gift to support this vital work.

There are a number of stories concerning present and past ministries that occurred, not from mission strategies or long-term plans, but as a result of individuals, some in the leadership of the church and some not, who felt the Spirit’s call to step forward and lead these mission efforts. This is in the DNA of The Holy Way, and we expect it to continue throughout the life of this church.

Congregational Responses

The congregation was asked to answer some questions to assist with the future direction of The Holy Way Presbyterian Church. The following is a summary of those responses.


  • Who do we as a congregation believe God to be?

Descriptors to this question included: Supreme Being, Father, Triune God, Savior, Creator. God is our father, who created the heavens and all in the earth. He created each of us and gave us a path for salvation through his son, Jesus Christ. God is for everybody. God is God.

  • What difference does it make for us, as individuals, and as part of Holy Way, to live by faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord?

Living by faith lets us know that the Holy Spirit guides, counsels and directs our lives. By sacrificing his son, Jesus Christ, God gives us the gift of forgiveness, to have everlasting life with Him. God gives love and changes our hearts so we want to grow in Christ and practice Jesus’ examples of living in truth according to God’s word. We have salvation, regardless of what church we attend.

  • What do we at the Holy Way believe about the Bible as a resource for developing a living faith in God.

The Bible is God’s word. It is our reinforcement of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and our guide to follow in God’s footsteps. It describes the trials others have endured and triumphed. It lets us know that life is a struggle, but answers to these struggles can be found in the Word. It states how we should conduct ourselves in our daily lives. It reminds us to take our struggles to God in prayer, and that God will lovingly listen. The word of God is God’s love letter.

  • What motivates us to pursue the missions of The Holy Way?

Our missions help us follow the teachings of Jesus as his message speaks to us.

We have been blessed, and the mission activities are ways to give back to the community. Jesus Christ called upon us to serve our fellow man. We, as members of this church, recognize that we must provide outreach and help to those in need. Our missions spread the word of God to those in need.

  • How does the Holy Way demonstrate that it is a community which prays together?

One of the principal parts of our worship service is founded on the belief of prayer. Weekly needs are brought out by the Pastor during the service. We pray for each other, the sick, the afflicted, and the world. We pray as a church community for God’s continual presence in leading and guiding all our church activities and people. We pray for His Word to be the foundation of how we live our lives and practice in our church community. The Prayer Chain is active in praying for immediate concerns.

Prayer keeps us connected as a church family—God’s family. We join hands and sing in worship

  • Galatians 5:22 & 23 lists the fruit of the Spirit as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In what ways are these fruits of the Spirit visible in the life of The Holy Way? In how we relate and care for each other; in how we practice our faith in the communities around us.

We use the talents God has given us to use the fruits of the Spirit to love each other. The Holy Way is blessed with many people who reflect these attributes constantly in their daily living, and to lovingly share these attributes. Our secretary’s kindness reflects the church’s fruits of the Spirit, as well as the way we greet one another.


Future Thoughts

We all understand clearly that the future of this congregation is in God’s hands rather than our own. However, we can cast our vision for what we believe our future will be. That is what follows.

The Holy Way will continue to serve both those inside the walls of the church and those outside those walls. By means of the Stephen Ministers, the Prayer Chain, Home Communion servers, and friendships within the congregation, we will continue to care for those members of the congregation who are isolated. We will continue to reach out to those around us through the Warming Up Sells and Tucson Diaper Bank ministries. We will continue to support economic justice by our use and sale of Café Justo.  We will also continue to support Altar Valley Middle School and Interfaith Community Services.

In addition, the leadership of The Holy Way agrees that the Holy Spirit is leading us to a concentrated endeavor to oppose and address racism. We believe that this is a calling for the entire church at least in America. At the same time, we realize that, for a church which is predominantly White, older, and affluent, the journey to undertake anti-racism will be a long and sometimes uncomfortable one. We know, though, that we journey with Jesus and with sisters and brothers who have discerned this same call. We commit ourselves to this journey, praying that, as we travel, we will be found faithful.

As we listen to each other openly, possibly in small groups, and share our personal backgrounds, experiences, and outlooks, we will strive to open our hearts and minds to the histories and herstories that have formed our personal beliefs and behaviors. In our search through the eyes of others, we will strive to acknowledge our own imperfections, develop new sensitivities to the lives of all of God’s children, and open our hearts to change. As Jesus teaches us so clearly, we will look for the good in everyone we know personally and those we have never met. As we turn again to Jesus and  again experience  the Holy Spirit guiding us, we will do our best to not just talk about love, but show it, and reveal how “Great Is Our Faithfulness” really can be.