Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Rev. William C. Teng, Pastor
Rev. Holly Davis, Assoc. Pastor,
We strive to be a Spirit inspired, mission-minded community of Christians; a bedrock for the faithful in an uncertain world and a safe pasture for all of God's lambs. Celebrating the heritage of our historic setting and our faith as servants of Christ, we worship, teach, enjoy fellowship, practice stewardship, and reach out to our Mount Vernon community and the world.
As a Coast Guard boat bears down on a boatload of Cubans crossing the Straits of Florida, it signals the end of a dream: to find freedom in the United States. In 2011, over one thousand similar attempts to escape failed. The warmth and beauty of this tropical island masks harsh repression, endemic poverty, and religious persecution. One of the three poorest countries in the Caribbean, it is a totalitarian police state which relies on brutality and intimidation to maintain control of the populace. And as the government attempts to restrict church activity, it endorses participation in "Spiritism", deeming it "cultural". The hopelessness of daily life in such an environment makes a desperate water escape seem like the only possible solution.
When Columbus landed on Cuba in 1492, it began several centuries of slave trade, sugar plantations, and treasure fleets bound from Mexico and Peru to Spain. Fidel Castro established a communist state in 1959, and today the island is one of the few remaining bastions of socialism in the world. Eleven million people live in Cuba and three quarters of them reside in urban areas. Castro's policies have led to economic and political isolation, and as a result, most Cubans experience shortages of almost everything.
In matters of faith, 57% claim to be Catholic, yet less than 10% attend mass. In an attempt to thwart recent growth in the church, government authorities are targeting church leaders in the hope of creating a vacuum of leadership. Recently, the church has seen significant growth, especially among the youth. Despite widespread surveillance and infiltration by security agents, pastors and their unregistered churches are boldly proclaiming truth. Strong leadership is needed, along with Bibles and literature, which are inaccessible to unregistered churches. Unity among believers of all denominations will break the strongholds of socialism and spirit worship and bring a wave of hope through salvation to all of Cuba.
Prayer Calendar: May 2015
- Sign-up for the Operation World daily prayer email. [NOTE: Choose the Prayer Calendar rather than the 60-Day Challenge email if you want to align with this list.]
Country links below are to brief Prayercast videos, when available.
- 1 Costa Rica
- 2 Cote d'Ivoire
- 3 Cote d'Ivoire
- 4 Croatia
- 5 Cuba
- 6 Cyprus
- 7 Czech Republic
- 8 Denmark
- 9 Djibouti
- 10 Dominica, Dominican Republic
- 11 Ecuador
- 12 Egypt
- 13 Egypt
- 14 El Salvador
- 15 Equatorial Guinea
- 16 Eritrea
- 17 Eritrea
- 18 Estonia
- 19 Ethiopia
- 20 Ethiopia
- 21 Faeroe Is, Falkland Is
- 22 Fiji
- 23 Finland
- 24 France
- 25 France
- 26 Fr Guiana, Fr Polynesia
- 27 Gabon
- 28 Gambia
- 29 Georgia
- 30 Germany
- 31 Germany
- CWS Blankets offering - May 10
- CROP Walk - May 31
Join the Journey!
- Commit to Pray for the Nations of the World for one year. Check our Homepage each week for a new video about a different nation.
- Read through the Bible Download the Reading Plan now and pick up where we are!
- Grow together in a Group - Discuss each week's reading in the Pastors Class, Sunday at 9:45 in Fellowship Hall.
- Christian Education for all ages. Pre-K through Adult classes at 9:45 a.m.
- Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - Traditional Worship Service
- Youth Group - every 3rd Sunday at 5:00 p.m. (usually at the church, but please check the bulletin for location)
- Hope & Healing Service - every 2nd Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Heritage Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia welcomes all who are in search of a meaningful connection to God and fellow pilgrims in the faith. Our door is always open to anyone in need of God's touch in their lives. At Heritage, you can expect vibrant, Christ-centered worship and fellowship that give the joy, peace and confidence that only the Lord can provide (John 4:23-24; Hebrews 10:24-25).
How's your spiritual diet these days? Many of us are starving and don't even know it. Heritage can help by leading you to a scriptural feast. As disciples of Jesus, we focus on biblically-based sermons and Christian education for all ages, equipping ourselves to face life's challenges. We aim to reflect and learn together to build up the body of Christ, and grow toward spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:12-13).
God provides all of us with special gifts. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we can use these gifts to help others and bring them closer to God through Jesus Christ. At Heritage, we are committed to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and supporting mission at the local, national and international levels. Together with God's help, we can accomplish great things and affect many lives (Romans 10:14-15).
We hope that you will explore this site to better understand our faith and our activities. Planning to visit us? We look forward to meeting you!