Nearly 15 years ago, two members of Covenant OPC in Oreland Park, Illinois began ministering to inmates at Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum-security state prison. Seven years ago, Brett Mahlen interned at Covenant and went along to the prison on several occasions. At that time, three of the inmates had joined Covenant. Today about 10 inmates are members. One of the two men who visited the prison died, and the other retired and moved from the area. Covenant recently called Brett as an associate pastor to focus on the prison ministry. Pray that requirements will be met allowing Brett to enter the prison without an escort soon, and also be able to begin teaching his Westminster Shorter Catechism class for Divine Hope Reformed Bible
Living Water OPC is preparing to particularize in late May or early June. The congregation unanimously called Daniel Doleys to be their pastor as Brad Peppo prepares to begin work on a new church plant. Pray that God will continue to bring everything into place during this transition. The Bible study at Clark State Community College has increased in size and at least one unbeliever has begun participating. Pray that the Lord will use this study to draw college students to himself. A woman from the neighborhood who has been attending for a while was baptized upon professing her faith. The congregation has been giving generously. Pray for wisdom as another building, with advantages including parking may soon be available in an area of new
Grace Fellowship met their budget last year, but the economy is still lagging on the shores of Lake Erie. Pray that the Lord will provide good work for those who are looking, and that the church will continue to be able to meet its financial obligations in 2017. There were regularly new visitors at worship until the expected winter slowdown. One college student has been visiting regularly, and has expressed interest in joining. Plans are being laid for extensive outreach with the common theme of basic Christianity in 2017. The Oldakers’ yard, which abuts a development of dozens of houses, has been identified as a good place for VBS. Pray that the Lord will bless these efforts by bring four new families to Grace Fellowship this year.
Four people are taking membership classes at South Austin Presbyterian Church. Three men are taking an officer training course, and Pastor Cassidy hopes that new officers can be ordained and installed by early summer. The congregation approved an aggressive budget for this year, especially in the area of outreach and evangelism. Pastor Cassidy has been going door-to-door to let people know about the church. Later this month, Andrew Moody will bring a group from San Antonio to help with this effort. The congregation will also be advertising in local publications and online. The congregation currently holds three Bible studies around Austin. Pray that the Lord will use these efforts to bring people into the church. One member
Grace Reformed Fellowship has been told that they will lose their meeting space in the Evans/Dahl One Shot Antelope Museum. The congregation plans to ask the museum to allow them to stay for one more year while they find a new space. Real Estate is expensive, and few locations have the required parking spaces for the church to meet there. Pray that the Lord will continue to provide adequate meeting space and that he will use even this situation to bring new people into the congregation. Pastor Strong has been conducting regular pastoral visits, and he has had good responses from the congregation. There have been several regular visitors lately. People continue to listen to Pastor Strong’s sermons, which are broadcast over a large area on