After attendance rose to nearly 40 each Lord’s Day, a couple of families have moved on from Gateway OPC and the December average attendance was below 30. Last Sunday, the group had their first local visitor in about four months. Pray that the Lord will bring more local families to worship. The congregation also still does not have a pianist to accompany congregational singing. Pray that the Lord will provide an accompanist. Yet, Pastor Mourreale has received several contacts from people on the other side of the city indicating an interest in an OP church plant. An adult was received by profession of faith and baptism last month. Several attended a dinner for international students at a local college. Pray that this will lead to new contacts
Grace OPC entered 2016 expecting a significant budget deficit, but the Lord provided through the sacrificial giving of his people, and they ended the year with a slight surplus. Praise the Lord for his provision as the congregation nears the end of their period of denominational financial support. The congregation continues to gather for monthly workdays, where they have cleaned and updated the building and grounds. Several men are taking an officer training class. Pastor Lyon hopes that new officers will be ordained and installed this summer. The first biweekly prayer meeting was held last week, and a good number attended. Preparations are being made to minister to the local kids who use the church’s basketball hoops. Pray for fruit from
Resurrection Presbyterian Church held its first worship service on December 4. Each week, the congregation has lingered and enjoyed fellowship after worship as they pack up chairs. There have been visitors from outside the group most weeks, and one family has visited several times. Several families were invited, while others found the group through its new website. Pray that more of these visitors will return and become part of the group. Pray for opportunities for the Holda family to get to know their new neighbors. Pray also for wisdom for Pastor Holda as he balances the administrative needs of the work while focusing on the ministry of the word and prayer. The group continues to enjoy fellowship and support from their mother church,
Fall is often an encouraging time at Gospel Life as new students and residents arrive in the Windy City. This year has been no different. Several new students from Moody Bible Institute have begun attending worship, and a new couple has also become regular in attending. New people continue to come to the Wednesday evening Bible study at Whole Foods. The congregation has done several outreach activities recently, including visiting a local nursing home and handing out food to the homeless. Pray that the Lord will cause these efforts to bear fruit. John lost his voice for a couple weeks. He has mostly recovered, but struggles to finish his sermons. Pray for a complete recovery.
Jim Bosgraf has been active traveling to the Presbytery of the Midwest’s various mission works. He attended worship and a meeting at Gateway OPC in St. Louis, Missouri as the congregation discussed future ministry focus. He worshipped with Covenant Family Church in Troy, Missouri as they said goodbye to their retiring pastor. In Oshkosh, Wisconsin he participated in the ordination and installation of Bob Holda, and in Rockford, Illinois he participated in the organization service of Providence OPC. Praise the Lord for his blessing on the many church plants Jim has assisted over the years. Pray for wisdom as he continues to do spade work for future works throughout the presbytery.