By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: July 2010
Members of Owasso’s Presence Theater Church invite you to join them in worship this Sunday: (Top row, L to R) The Boyd family, Raven, Deidra, Reagan and Bythe; The Watson family, Breanna, Brian, Tytus, Whitney and Aimee; (Bottom Row, L to R) The Peter family, Craig, Gavon and Rita; The Fruga family, Kambri, Pastor Alvin, Pastor Sennola and Shannon; and The Williams family, Rutha and Will.
This summer, Owasso’s Presence Theater Church is celebrating its second anniversary, and they invite you to take part in their festivities and their unique approach to worship.
“At Presence Theater, our mission is to honor and celebrate the presence of God, and to build a ministry of people who passionately pursue his character,” says Presence Theater Pastor Alvin Fruga. “We want to honor God and build people to honor him.”
Fruga acknowledges that “Presence Theater” is an unusual name for a church. “A theater is a gathering place, as is a church,” he says. “And church should be a place where people come to, in a sense, put on a display for God through their worship, with God as the one and only audience member.”
“Broadway shows and events like Cirque du Soleil spare no expense and hold nothing back in their performances. Sometimes in church, people don’t give their all. We don’t want to hold back anything – we want to give God our very best, and so we’re working toward that level of quality and production. In five years, we want people to be able to come in and say, ‘Wow, we’ve never seen a church present worship to God in this way.’”
Presence Theater has been on the move and growing since it began in September of 2007. “Originally, we met once a month, to introduce ourselves to the community, in Old Central,” says Fruga. “In January of 2008, we moved to Freedom Church and had two services a month. That July, we began having weekly Sunday morning services at the Best Western. And we moved here to the Owasso Community Center this May. Now we have 70 to 80 people worshiping each Sunday, and we’re still growing. We’re a multicultural church. We have a great group of people, and we’re excited about being in this community. Owasso is a great city. People have really welcomed us, and we enjoy being here.”
Presence Theater Church is celebrating its two-year anniversary with three weeks of special events in June and July. Their Summer Service Series began June 27, when the Presence Theater congregation returned to Old Central for worship. On July 4, Presence Theater will meet at 6 p.m. at the Owasso Community Center for dinner and worship. On July 11, Presence Theater will celebrate its anniversary with a service and picnic at Centennial Park, beginning at 10 a.m. The church will provide free food as well as inflatables for the kids.
“At Presence Theater, you can come home to the presence of God,” says Fruga. “It doesn’t matter what difficulties you may be facing – the presence of God is always waiting to heal and to help you. We’re here when you’re ready – and God is here, too.”
Presence Theater Church meets every Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Owasso Community Center, 310 S. Cedar Street. They’d love to have you. “Your church background or nationality doesn’t matter,” says Fruga. “Anyone will be welcome at Presence Theater.”