Pastor Hoekstra reports that the spirit of the congregation is good, and people serve willingly. Three people are preparing to join the congregation and several others are considering. The women of the church have met once a month, and are beginning to meet two times each month. Several of them are also going on a retreat in Green Bay, Wis. Pray that the congregation will be able to engage even more in presbytery activities. Pastor Hoekstra is getting back into his normal routine after the recent death of his father. Pray that he will be able to keep up with the shepherding needs of the congregation. The Hoekstras continue to interact regularly with their neighbors. Pray that they will have opportunities to present the gospel.
San Antonio Reformed Church recently organized as a particular congregation in February. Praise the Lord for the way he has blessed this congregation over the last few years. Pray that the new session will work well together to effectively shepherd the church. The Lord has blessed the congregation, and finances are better than were expected. The congregation held a successful work day, and the people continue to serve willingly. In recent weeks, Pastor Moody has received more phone and e-mail inquiries than usual. Pray that these contacts will visit worship and become part of the church. Andrew is also finalizing plans for small group studies on Sunday evenings. Pray that these will provide good opportunities to share the gospel with
Good Shepherd OPC has had occasional visitors, and pastor Malamisuro has followed up with phone calls and letters, but few have returned. Pray that the Lord will bring more visitors, and that the follow-up efforts will be effective in building relationships with those who come. The congregation has begun sending mailers to new residents. The congregation recently hosted presbytery. The session is regularly visiting member families, and the congregation is spiritually healthy. The group is studying the Embers to a Flame material one Sunday a week by watching a video and then discussing how it relates to their own situation. Pray that the Lord will build up this small church by bringing both mature Christians and the lost to join them.
Heritage Presbyterian Church is preparing to organize in the near future, and several men have completed officer training. Pray that the Lord will bless the organization progress. Also pray for continued peace and unity within the congregation. There have been a good number of visitors lately from a variety of backgrounds. One couple is preparing to join the congregation. Attendance is in the eighties and the congregation’s current facility seats slightly more than that. Pray for wisdom as The people have given generously, and finances are strong. One covenant child was baptized recently, and several more babies are due in the coming months. Pray for the Myers family as Mike will be away for two weeks fulfilling his duties as a chaplain in
South Austin Presbyterian Church has moved from the school where they met for two years. They now meet in the Sunset Valley City Hall and are saving a significant amount in rent. Praise the Lord for his provision of a less expensive meeting place, which will go a long way towards erasing an expected deficit this year. Three men are nearing the completion of officer training, and Jim hopes that new officers can be installed this summer. There have not been many recent visitors, but the congregation planned for an aggressive outreach effort this year. They are advertising, and have begun sending out about 10,000 mailers every other month. Pray that the Lord will use these efforts to bring in new families. Praise the Lord for unity within the