By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011
Pastor Alvin Fruga stands on the stage at the new location of Presence Theater Church at 76th Street North and 129th East Avenue.
Presence Theater Church, led by Pastors Alvin and Sennola Fruga, is excited to be moving to a new location at the northwest corner of 76th Street North and 129th East Avenue. Their grand opening service will take place Sunday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m. The church is moving from the Owasso Community Center, where they have been for almost a year. Before that, they held church services at Best Western Owasso for almost two years.
“We are so thrilled to be in our new location,” explains Pastor Alvin Fruga. “Pastor Mark Young and Abiding Word Fellowship were in this facility for almost three years, and they have moved to a new location in Collinsville. Pastor Mark contacted me and asked if I was willing to take the space. I came and looked at it, and thought, ‘Yes!’ It’s such a blessing – they are leaving everything for us to use, including the chairs and sound system. Presence Theater currently has about 70 members and regulars. The new facility seats 130, giving us the opportunity to grow even more! We believe this location is a really great fit for us.”
The first service will be filled with exciting festivities. “We will have interpretive dance, drama and great music. It will be a wonderful celebration of this blessing we have received,” says Pastor Fruga.
With the new larger location, Presence Theater Church will begin having a Family Night on Wednesday evenings, starting in April. “We will have something for the kids, youth and adults. It will be a time for the entire family to spend together. Eventually, we plan on providing a light dinner.”
Another new program will be early morning prayer offered from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, for anyone who would like to stop in and pray on their way to work. “This will be a place for anyone to come and pray in the morning, and they can come and go as they please during those two hours,” says Pastor Alvin.
Presence Theater Church is “a place of worship for an audience of one.” According to Pastor Alvin, “The presence of God is our number one priority. The second part of our mission is to build healthy families.”
The “theater” aspect of the church is based on the idea that a theater is a place of action. “We believe the church should be for God, who comes to inhabit our praise. The theater is for us to perform for Him. We believe you should give God your very best in worship. For example in a Broadway show, there are amazing costumes and wonderful presentations; the show cuts no corners and spares no expense. We want our services to be on that level.”
The new location will allow services to become even more action-based. “Services will include human videos, in which characters act out a song on stage, as well as illustrated sermons, monologues, drama, dance and music. We do it all for Him,” explains Pastor Alvin.
Sunday service at Presence Theater Church begins with prayer from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Praise and worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Then, children ages 0 to 10 attend class in the separate children’s suite. The service ends at 12 noon.
Pastor Alvin, his wife Sennola, and their group of leaders and church members truly consider their new location a miracle. “But with great blessing comes great responsibility. We are humbled by what God is doing. We want to reach out to our community and the nearby neighborhoods, and we are asking God to show us how to do that.”
“Come home to the presence of God” at Presence Theater Church. The multicultural church welcomes everyone, no matter who they are. “We are a loving, compassionate church that loves to serve God and people,” says Pastor Alvin. For more information, visit www.presencetheater.org.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.