Reformation Presbyterian Church began as a small Bible study in 2012. The late Rev. Bryan Weaver and his wife were instrumental in these early days. Regional home missionaries Steve Doe and Lacey Andrews became deeply involved in the work as it was received as a mission work of the Presbytery of the Southeast in 2013. The pastoral search that began in early 2014 finally ended earlier this year, and Lowell Ivey was ordained and installed on May 27, 2016. The group currently meets in two separate locations for morning and evening worship. Pray that the Lord will provide a single facility suitable for worship and Christian education. Pray for wisdom as preparations are made for outreach efforts. Pray for new visitors to be added to the number
Immanuel’s conference on suffering, “When the Stars Disappear,” was well attended. While many attendees are already connected with other churches, Pastor Hoekstra has begun meeting with two people as a result of the conference. The Hoekstras will host a block party in their neighborhood next month. Jim regularly meets with two neighbors to discuss the Bible, and the Hoekstras have made many contacts in the neighborhood. Pray that the Lord will continue to provide opportunities to present the gospel. Two new families have come to worship, and one has begun attending regularly. Another single man has also been attending after moving into a home across the street from Immanuel’s worship location. Pray that the Lord will add several more
Verde Valley Reformed Church is now Christ Reformed Presbyterian Church. Pastor Brian Chang is working hard to get the name out to people around Cottonwood. He recently had a booth at two local festivals and was able to make several good contacts. Some visited worship. Brian plans to set up a table at the local farmers market each Thursday evening. Pray that these regular outreach efforts will produce more contacts. Brian is encouraged by the foundation that has been laid. Pray that God will be pleased to add more people. Some visitors who attended for a while have drifted away, others have moved out of the area, but a new couple attended worship last week after seeing their sign on the street. A good number of vacationers have visited
Cornerstone OPC received a new family into membership in May, and several other families have visited worship. Ten men attended the congregation’s first men’s retreat. The congregation is ministering to new believers in their midst. The women of the church also recently held a baby shower to gather supplies for a local crisis pregnancy center. One hundred forty people attended a joint evening service and heard Ben Hopp’s presentation about the work in Haiti. Pray that the summer will be a time of spiritual rest between a busy spring and a busy fall for the congregation. The congregation’s website was recently redesigned, and new audio equipment was purchased to increase the recording quality for sermons posted on sermonaudio.com.
Grace OPC has added 11 new members in the last several months bringing the total membership to about 70. There have also been many visitors over the last several months. A recent dinner and auction fundraiser brought in enough money to buy new basketball hoops for the church property. Many neighborhood children play basketball there, and the congregation seeks to build relationships with them and their families. Pray that the Lord will give wisdom as decisions are made about how to develop these relationships to God’s glory. Each month the congregation gathers for a workday. Last month a new hedge was planted to help combat a graffiti problem. A Tuesday Bible study is well attended, and pastoral visitation is bearing fruit.