The congregation will meet next month to vote on petitioning the presbytery to organize, hopefully before the end of the year. Two families have moved away from the area, and one other family has begun attending a different church, but a good core group remains, and enthusiasm and finances are solid. Two more families are currently taking membership classes, and several covenant children have been born in recent moths. The funeral of an older man from the congregation was well attended. Pastor Moersch reports that the work is normalizing and becoming more stable. Pray that peace and unity remain in the congregation as they go through the organization process. Pray too that God will bless the congregation with wise officers.
Pastor Beabout is encouraged by what is happening at Trinity Reformed Church. Attendance this year has averaged just under twenty after dipping to about 10 last year. Praise the Lord for a new family that has been attending regularly, and for members of Knox OPC in Silver Spring who have been encouraging to the congregation. Pray that four more families will be added this year. The people have been giving sacrificially and finances are strong. Members are now carrying welcome cards with them with the goal of giving out one per day to people they meet around town. Pray that this, as well as planned use of meetup.com, will bear much fruit. Pray for Pastor Beabout as he settles his mother’s estate.
April 1 marked 16 years since Neon Reformed Presbyterian Church’s first worship service. As pastor Bennett recovered from minor surgery, the congregation was exhorted by ruling elder Seth Long, who has been with the work since the beginning, and Corey Paige, a young man from the community who is now under care of the Presbytery of the Southeast. Praise God for the way he has provided for Neon Reformed Presbyterian Church, and pray with her that he will bring her to the point of being a particular congregation by 2020. A local woman has visited the church several times in recent weeks. Pray that many more local residents will come to worship. Praise God, too, for his continued blessing on Bible studies at three area colleges.
One couple and one family recently began a membership class at Providence Reformed Church. More than sixty people gathered for worship last week. The theater provides a suitable meeting location, but the schedule is tight as they need to be out of the building before noon. Pray that the Lord will provide a meeting place where the schedule can be more flexible. One covenant child was baptized last week, and another will be baptized soon. Kim leads a weekly Bible study at the jail with several coming each week. Pray that this will be an effective way to minister to the inmates. Pray, too, that the Lord will raise up officers to lead his church in Eau Claire.
Glenn Jerrell first interned at the Boardwalk Chapel in 1970. He served churches in Winner, SD, Roswell, NM, and Walkerton, IN, before becoming the Regional Home Missionary for the Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario in 2012. Health problems led to his retirement at the end of March. Praise the Lord that new medications have brought significant relief from the sometimes debilitating symptoms of Glenn’s allergy-induced asthma. During his time as RHM, Glenn worked closely with church plants in Grand Rapids and Northwest Indiana. The Northwest Indiana group began holding weekly worship services in a rented space at Indiana Wesleyan University several months ago. Pray that the Lord will bless Glenn and Kathy in retirement, and continue to bless