Our Partnership With Nueva Paz . . . the Beginning

Our engagement with the Presbyterian Church in Cuba began in 2008 when Loretta Gratias-Bremer & Ann Beran Jones visited Cuba with a group from the Presbytery of Chicago, visiting Havana-area churches and celebrating a covenant that had been established between the Chicago and Havana Presbyteries in 1999. The church in rural Nueva Paz was one Read More

Building our partnership with the church in Nueva Paz

Since that first visit in 2008, Jane Boxell has led several PCWS groups on nearly annual trips to Nueva Paz, a small rural community approximately 40 miles southeast of Havana.  Fundamentally a “relational” partnership, regular visits and personal interaction are essential to growing and deepening the partnership, as are the basics of sharing our faith Read More

Living Waters for the World

Years before the words “Living Waters for the World” (LWW) became familiar to our congregation, they were familiar to many other churches and congregations across the United States and around the world.  By March of 2017, LWW had already installed water purification systems in over 800 communities throughout 25 countries.   In Cuba alone at that Read More

Summer 2017 Mission Trip

A hardy band of pilgrims from PCWS travelled to Nueva Paz in June 2017 to help with some maintenance and repair work on the church.  Jane Boxell, Paul Banovic, Andy Hoskins, Mindy McMahon, Mary Jo Sindelar and Kathy Wennerstrum all made this trip.  Loaded with an extra 49.9 pounds each of donated supplies, medicine, computers, Read More

The Nueva Paz Breakfast Club

An active and long-time member of Presbyterian Women, Jane Boxell applied for a Thank Offering grant to help our friends in Nueva Paz launch a new program – The Nueva Paz Presbyterian Church Breakfast Club.  Thanks to the generosity of PW and their annual Thank Offering, we were awarded $2,000, the full amount requested!   Read More

November 2018 Presbytery Visit

Hola and bendiciones from our brothers and sisters in Cuba!  Our November 2018 visit to Nueva Paz was, once again, one filled with the love, laughter and generosity of our partner congregation. As part of a small group representing the Presbytery of Chicago’s Cuba partner churches, and honoring the Presbytery’s nearly 20-year covenant with the Read More

Pastor Erik, meet Nueva Paz!

In celebration of 10 years of partnership, we visited our friends in Nueva Paz in mid-November, 2019.  Attempting to leave Chicago on one of the snowiest Mondays of the year, Pastor Erik, Kevin McDermott, Mindy McMahon and Kathy Wennerstrum spent nearly 17 hours together in O’Hare before re-routing through Newark (arriving Newark at 2:30 am) Read More

Nueva Paz and Covid-19

Same, but different. Our Cuban brothers and sisters have also been affected by the virus this spring, and have also been quarantining, masking, worshiping at home and continuing to care for their community.  In the midst of widespread food shortages on the island, the church continued their Breakfast program, feeding the elderly (at home) AND Read More

Let’s Make (another) House a Home update

Now that the Covid-19 restrictions have begun to loosen a bit in areas outside of Havana, and having done the work to prepare the sanctuary and community building for a return to in-person worship, our brothers and sisters have also moved quickly to re-start the renovation of the manse.  While a lot of work has Read More