Eight people will join the work as communicant members this Sunday and six covenant children will be baptized. The congregation has begun publicizing a conference titled “The Gospel According to Moses” and about a dozen people not familiar to the congregation have expressed interest in attending. Pray that this, and another conference being planned for the fall, will be effective means of reaching out to the community. Pastor Graves spends Tuesday evenings at a game shop in town. Praise the Lord for the softening of a self-proclaimed atheist, and pray that he and others will come to saving faith. Pray for effective teaching and for growth and unity in the congregation in light of theological differences that have emerged.
Recent “fireside chats” with the core group of Gospel Life have informed the congregation about opportunities to serve, and given members the opportunity to suggest projects. Many have taken the opportunity to serve as they hear of needs, including much-needed website updates being made. One long-time member recently moved to another city, and a couple will soon move. Pray that the Lord will bless these people with good church homes in their new cities, and that he will send new people to Gospel Life. Pastor Ro has moved to a downtown office space. Pray for wisdom as he considers the possibility of a lunchtime Bible study there. Three members will be heading abroad for mission trips in the coming months. Pray for financial provision and
At its meeting last Saturday, the Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario unanimously approved New City Fellowship’s petition to particularize. The service of particularization and installation will be held on June 17. Praise the Lord for his faithfulness to this group. Three ruling elders and five deacons will be installed along with Mika Edmondson as pastor. Pray for God’s blessing on ten more men currently taking an officer training class. Pray too that logistical processes like approving bylaws will go smoothly. The congregation will host a conference titled “Jesus and Justice”. Pray that the conference will be beneficial and that many from the community will attend. Pray too that summer Bible clubs will be effective in reaching out to
Remember to keep in prayer Grace OPC and their pastor Josh Lyon as they have completed their program of denominational financial assistance. Pray that God will bless the church by adding new families to the congregation. New basketball hoops were recently installed on the church property. Pray that many local young people will participate in a planned basketball outreach ministry, and that the congregation will have opportunity to build relationships with the players and their families. Many neighbors have been invited to a women’s book club. Pray that their involvement will lead them to attend worship. Praise the Lord for the willingness of the congregation to serve in a variety of ways, and for the unity that has been enjoyed by the body.
Members from Grace Reformed Fellowship were able to have several substantive conversations with visitors to their booth at the Winter Fair in Lander. Sermons are broadcast on the radio and many have downloaded sermons on the Internet. Plans are being made for VBS at the end of May. Pray that contacts from these outreach efforts will come to worship. Attendance remains steady in the forties. People are maturing in their faith as they hear the Word faithfully preached and the members care for one another. Praise the Lord for an extension for the congregation’s lease in their current space, but pray that the Lord will provide a new space soon as the lease will still be up before the end of the year.