The congregation considered purchasing a building, but the deal fell through. They will continue to look for a new location as the current space is not highly visible, and two other churches meet in the same location. Pray that the Lord will provide a better location soon. Pastor Mourreale is preparing a men’s book study, which could lead to officer training. Pray that the Lord will use these studies to build his church, and that he will raise up officers to lead the congregation. A member has offered to begin a study group of Calvin’s Institutes. Several people have begun to visit regularly, including a couple who is preparing to join the congregation. Pray that the Lord will provide an accompanist for worship.
Trinity Reformed’s move to a space in a local mall has been good for visibility, but with recent visitors, the room is nearly full. Pray for wisdom as the group considers the best place to meet long term. Pastor Beabout and RHM Steve Doe recently went store to store in the mall introducing themselves to the merchants. Pastor Beabout is also looking into the feasibility of canvasing local neighborhoods and studies in local coffee shops in an effort to meet more people. Praise the Lord for several local visitors, and pray that He will bless these efforts by bringing many to himself. Pray that Pastor Beabout will not be overwhelmed by the number of people who need the gospel. Pray too that a few who have left the congregation, but remained
At the beginning of the month, Larry Oldaker moved from being the Presbytery of Ohio’s regional home missionary to being the church planter in Huron, Ohio. He has been serving this group for several years in his previous roll. Pastor Oldaker’s first contact in this Lake Erie shore town was a family who had moved into the area eight years ago. A group began meeting in 2008, and Larry has been helping the group ever since. About 30 people gather each week for worship, and the congregation asks for prayer that four new families will join them this year. They are seeking to reach out to people in nearby Sandusky and the rest of Erie County. Pray that the Oldakers will soon be settled in their new home and able to focus on serving the
Trinity Presbyterian Church continues to work towards the goal of becoming a particular congregation later this year. Pray for wisdom as the overseeing session prepares to certify men to serve as officers. Two families recently moved away from the area, and one other family is preparing to move. One new family recently joined the congregation. Pray for several members of the congregation with chronic health problems. Members enjoy monthly fellowship picnics throughout the summer. Pastor Moersch says that there have been a good number of visitors at worship. Pray that members continue to invite friends and acquaintances to worship, as word of mouth seems to be the most effective means of outreach in the area.
Four new members were added to Providence Reformed Church in the last month. Twice, recently, attendance has topped 70 people. Praise the Lord for new visitors, and pray that more will come. The schedule at the movie theater has gotten tighter on Sunday mornings, but there are two church buildings that look like they may be good places to meet. Pray for wisdom as the possible new locations are evaluated. Leadership classes will be starting soon. Several men have been certified to accompany Kim to attend weekly Bible studies at the jail, where as many as 15 inmates attend. Residents at three local nursing homes are also ministered to each week. Pray that the Lord will bless these efforts by drawing people to himself.