As Reformation Presbyterian Church comes to the end of its period of denominational financial support, Pastor Shishko is praying for 25 new members, and it looks like that will happen soon. There are currently 12 people taking a membership class, and ten more are considering membership. Three babies were recently born in the congregation, and three more women are expecting. The Shishkos host one monthly fellowship event at their home, and another member hosts another. Pray that the congregation will continue to grow in a culture of commitment and community. Sunday evening gatherings have been postponed for now, but a prayer meeting has been added each Sunday.
Verde Valley Reformed Chapel’s move to a more visible location at a school has resulted in more visitors. One regular attender will be moving at the end of the school year, but she is encouraging others to come to VVRC. One new regular attender began coming after talking to a Reformed friend in another state. Another local couple has also visited. Praise God for these new visitors, and pray that he will send at least two more families from Cottonwood, as many drive a distance to worship. Pray too for the session as they reach out to some who have drifted away from the group. Pray for VVRC’s ruling elder who continues to suffer from severe headaches, which have been debilitating at times.
Immanuel Church has seen more first time visitors over the last six months than during the previous 18 months. Several returned to worship last Sunday. Pray that more visitors will become regular attenders, and that average attendance will reach 30 by year’s end. The Hoekstras regularly have neighbors over to their home, and Pastor Hoekstra meets often with two neighbors to answer their questions about the Bible. Praise God for unity in the congregation, and the willingness of many to serve wherever needed. In April Immanuel will host an Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals conference on suffering. Invitations have gone out to local colleges, churches, counseling centers and support groups. Pray that the Lord will use this to bring many in
Pastor Strong and others spent much of the last few days at Lander’s Winter Fair. He reports that they had many substantial gospel conversations with people who attended. Several people mentioned hearing him on the radio. One person who heard Pastor Strong’s sermon on the radio after moving to Lander has become a regular attender. The congregation has a presence on Facebook and this week launched a new website. Pray that the Lord will continue to use these means to bring more people to Grace Reformed Fellowship. Pray for wisdom in reaching out to those who live on the nearby Wind River Indian Reservation. Praise God for a growing commitment to outreach by the congregation.
Pastor Cassidy reports that the congregation now has four vibrant Sunday school classes for children from toddlers to high school. Several teenagers are taking a membership class. About 50 people are now gathering for worship each Sunday morning. Sunday morning sermons are broadcast on the radio early each Sunday morning in the Austin area, and later in the morning in the Dripping Springs area about half an hour away. The congregation is co-hosting a Reformed Forum conference with Providence, Pflugerville next month. Pray that both of these outreach efforts will bear good fruit. The Cassidy family will soon begin hosting a neighborhood Bible study with several people who responded to their invitation. Pray that this too, will lead to good