Driving into Murietta Hot Springs Christian Conference Center we were welcomed by green grass and palm trees swaying in the breeze, a contrast to the arid surroundings we drove through in the latter half of our three-hour drive from Los Angeles, CA. Though we were hit with a blast of hot air as we exited the car, we were soon refreshed by the friendly and familiar faces of our extended church family (and the comfortable air-conditioned rooms).

Though the location of the 2018 Pacific Coast Presbytery Conference was idyllic, with its natural hot springs, carefully maintained landscaping, and better-than-average food, it was the fellowship and the Bread of Life that made the conference truly soul-reviving.

When we were not enjoying the teaching of Rev. Adam Kaloostian (Ontario URC – Ontario, CA, USA) who presented three lessons and one sermon on the profound topic of the Problem of Evil, we spent our time catching up with old friends over an invigorating game of corn hole or a relaxing cup of coffee from the on-site coffee shop.

The kids (and kids at heart) splashed away in the pool or pulled out their rods and got in a little catch-and-release fishing in the small on-site lake.

Old friendships were renewed and new ones were forged. Newer members of the presbytery discovered the joy being part of the church body beyond their home congregations. We witnessed the Holy Spirit working through this body to heal broken hearts, mature new believers, and comfort those in need. As we said our extended good-byes on Friday morning we couldn’t help but say with eager anticipation, “See you next year!”

Next year we will be at The Firs in Bellingham, Washington from July 29-Aug 3. Mark your calendars and join us!

Heather Huizing, (Heather is a member of the RP Church in L.A.)

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