Pastor Albaugh has recovered from the weakness he had as a result of internal bleeding. After sitting to preach for several weeks, he was able to stand for his sermon last week. Praise God for providing a full recovery of strength. The congregation will lose several families in the coming months as they finish seminary and move on to other places of ministry. That will leave about 20 people in the congregation. The most recent outreach event had many visitors, but only one came to worship, and she has not returned. Pray that the Lord will bring more local visitors to worship. Pray that some who have drifted away will be brought back into fellowship. Praise God for a good relationship with the Christian school where the congregation meets.
Low oil prices have affected Houston’s economy, and Cornerstone Presbyterian Church has lost a couple families to recent job transfers. Pray for others who are looking for work. About 75 people are gathering for worship each week. Several new young single adults have been attending worship. Pastor Arendale reports that the congregation’s website is being revamped. Pray that the new site will be a good tool to reach people in the community. The congregation has not seen many new visitors to worship lately. Pray that more will come. Several men are working through an officer training course. A Wednesday evening Bible study is well attended and a new women’s Bible study is being held on Monday evenings.
Good Shepherd OPC is showing an R.C. Sproul video series on marriage over several Friday nights. Two couples from outside the church have attended. Pray that they will visit worship. Plans are also being made for a conference on the end times with Kim Riddlebarger in April, a community picnic in May, and VBS in June. The congregation has not seen many visitors to worship from previous outreach events. Pray that these will yield much fruit. Pray for wisdom as the congregation thinks about how they can most effectively serve their community. The congregation continues to enjoy fellowship with one another. One family recently transferred their membership to another church in the area. Another family that may move to the area recently visited.
The focus and heart of Gospel Life Church continues to be reaching non-Christians with the gospel here in downtown Chicago. Several people are very active in praying for and befriending their non-Christian coworkers and classmates, with the hopes of sharing the gospel with them and inviting them to church activities or services. The Wednesday night outreach Bible study at Whole Foods Market continues to draw new visitors every week. Please pray that God will use this outreach effort to reach the unsaved with the gospel and for God's wisdom as we deal with several counseling issues.
Pastor Herndon reports slow, but steady growth in the second least religious state in the country. The people of Providence church have been praying for young families, and the Lord has answered by bringing several new members. The congregation is diverse in age with retired people, young families and two college students. Pray that visitors will return and become part of the body. Pray that the Lord will raise up officers to lead the congregation. The congregation has given faithfully, and the Lord enabled them to meet their budget in 2015. Preparations are being made to work with members of Covenant OPC in Barre, VT to work on summer outreach in both locations. Pray for wisdom as these plans are being made.