Daniel Doleys was ordained and installed as pastor of Living Water OPC on Friday, May 26. At the same service, two ruling elders were installed as Living Water was organized as a particular church. Praise the Lord for bringing the group to this point. Daniel is not new to the group as he served as a ruling elder at Living Water’s mother church. Attendance during the school year was in the low 60s, and is near 50 as the college students go home for the summer. The current rented space has served the congregation well. Pray for wisdom as they consider a more permanent location while seeking to reach out to their neighborhood. Also, pray for Brad Peppo who served the group well throughout their formation and is now laying the groundwork for a
A family joined Providence OPC in March, and another young family has begun attending regularly. Attendance no averages around 45 on Sunday morning. With more than a dozen children in the congregation, pray for plans to begin Sunday school classes for them. The congregation currently gathers for a fellowship meal when there is a fifth Sunday, but they plan to move to monthly meals in response to desires for more fellowship. Praise the Lord for the way he is knitting this group together. The congregation will hold a church-wide yard sale at the Herndon’s home on Saturday. They will have a literature table set up. Pray that this will be an effective way to meet more of their neighbors. As the period of denominational support nears its end,
Reformation Presbyterian Church has been able to meet in the same location for morning and evening worship services for several months now. Praise the Lord for this answer to prayer. Pray that the Lord will bless plans to add a Sunday school program towards the end of this year or the beginning of 2018. A new member will be received in the next few weeks, and another covenant child will be baptized. This will bring membership to 60. Praise the Lord for this growth. Lacy Andrews and Steve Doe, who continue to serve on the session, continue to preach at Reformation with some regularity. Pray that the Lord will raise up officers from within the group. Pray for a man from the neighborhood with whom Lowell has had good conversations. Pray that
Pastor McKamy is thankful to see Covenant OPC’s core group pressing on. A fellowship breakfast scheduled for this Saturday was initiated and planned by members. McKamy is working to let people know what makes Covenant unique. The congregation is also struggling to get word out to the community about their new location. Pray for effective ways to tell the community what Covenant is and where Covenant meets. Pray that a hymn sing in June will bring local visitors. The group’s participation in an annual chili cook-off has not resulted in visitors but has increased awareness of Covenant’s existence. Pray for wisdom for the session and attending families as they consider the way forward.
Opportunities abound in the Presbytery of the Southwest, where Mark Sumpter serves as the Regional Home Missionary. Prayers have been answered for an organizing pastor for Trinity Presbyterian Church of Waco, TX. Jason (Amanda) Kirklin will transition to this mission work this summer. Please remember the Kirklins and the congregation. Pray also for SW Houston and the Good Shepherd Bible Study, where Mr. Miller Ansell, a Licentiate of the Presbytery, will gain experience as a Church Planting Intern. Pray that the Lord will use his Word in outreach and evangelism. Last, following up on inquiring families in El Paso, Texas (population 681,000) looks promising, so pray that a Bible study would get started by September.