The Hoekstras regularly engage their neighbors and several have visited worship at their invitation. The congregation is also reaching out, and recently twelve neighbors joined about a dozen members of the congregation for a picnic. On August 1, the congregation will host an ice cream social as part of National Night Out. A new member was added by reaffirmation of faith and a family is transferring to Immanuel having moved from out-of-state. Pastor Hoekstra is preparing to begin a new members class late this summer. Praise God for bringing new people to Immanuel. The Lord has blessed the church with solid finances, and the congregation gave $500 to the presbytery’s Kings Men’s offering this spring. Pray that God will raise up local officers
Resurrection Presbyterian has been encouraged by regular visitors from Bethel OPC in Oostburg and Apple Valley Presbyterian Church in Neenah. Two new local families have begun attending regularly. Pray that the congregation will continue to be welcoming to the local visitors God brings to worship. Pastor Holda regularly meets community members in coffee shops and at a board game night at a local game store. Two people have recently joined the congregation and several others are considering membership. Three covenant children were also recently baptized. Offerings have been higher than expected. Praise the Lord for his provision. There is significant interest among members to study theology together. Pray for wisdom in meeting these desires.
Area Home Missions Coordinator Chris Walmer continues to support the presbytery’s works in Chambersburg and Williamsport. Omega OPC in Williamsport is progressing toward organization. A well-established Christian camp is using Omega’s facilities, giving the congregation greater visibility. Chris has been leading a monthly Bible study in Lebanon, Pennsylvania since April, and he has several new contacts there. Pray that this effort will progress to a more frequent study. He is also working with a group of several families who have expressed interest in planting an OPC in the Mifflintown/Lewisburg area. They recently began a monthly Bible study there as well, and have had new contacts attending. Pray for wisdom as Chris works with these
The Kirklin family arrived in Waco in mid-June and Jason’s first week preaching at Trinity Presbyterian was July 9. He reports that the congregation has warmly welcomed them. Pray that Jason, Amanda, and their four children will continue to adjust well to life in Waco. Pray that the congregation will have effective outreach and ministry to students at Baylor University. One student attends regularly and accompanies congregational singing on the piano. The congregation meets at an elementary school, but they have limited access to the building. Pray that the Lord will provide a more accommodating space for the congregation to use. Prayer meeting recently began at the Kirklin home. Pray for additional fellowship opportunities throughout the
Pray that the Lord will bless the congregation of Heritage Presbyterian as they work towards organization. Pastor Myers is thankful for the wise elders on the overseeing session, but looks forward to having fellow officers from within the congregation. One member was transferred to another church, but four families are taking a new members’ class, and four covenant children are in a communicants’ class. There have been a good number of visitors. Praise the Lord for bringing together this group which now numbers in the upper 80s on Sunday morning. Pastor Myers is teaching a young people’s study which includes both members and non-members. He also ministers to residents of a local nursing home and patients at the hospital.