Brett Mahlen’s ministry at Stateville Correctional Center is in full swing. He teaches a class focused on the first 38 questions of the Shorter Catechism to one group on Monday and another group on Saturday. The students are attentive and gladly do homework. Brett hopes to offer three different classes in the fall. He was recently given the opportunity to lead a Bible study for two men, and the guard read everything the inmates read. Brett has had good contact with many others who enter the prison to meet with inmates. He is able to stop by cells and initiate conversations. Pray that these would lead to good gospel discussions. Pray also that he will be efficient in administrative matters to have maximum time available for ministry.
South Austin Presbyterian Church’s move to a new rented location has gone very smoothly. Praise the Lord for his provision of the space at extremely low rent. Without their own building and signage to serve as a public face of the group, the congregation has begun a major outreach and advertising push this year. They have seen a steady stream of visitors as a result. Pray that more young families will respond to the advertising by coming to worship. A second elder was recently ordained and installed, and two deacon candidates are taking an officer training class. Praise the Lord for his provision of officers for the congregation. And give thanks that several people moving into the area have joined SAPC.
Eight people will join the work as communicant members this Sunday and six covenant children will be baptized. The congregation has begun publicizing a conference titled “The Gospel According to Moses” and about a dozen people not familiar to the congregation have expressed interest in attending. Pray that this, and another conference being planned for the fall, will be effective means of reaching out to the community. Pastor Graves spends Tuesday evenings at a game shop in town. Praise the Lord for the softening of a self-proclaimed atheist, and pray that he and others will come to saving faith. Pray for effective teaching and for growth and unity in the congregation in light of theological differences that have emerged.
Recent “fireside chats” with the core group of Gospel Life have informed the congregation about opportunities to serve, and given members the opportunity to suggest projects. Many have taken the opportunity to serve as they hear of needs, including much-needed website updates being made. One long-time member recently moved to another city, and a couple will soon move. Pray that the Lord will bless these people with good church homes in their new cities, and that he will send new people to Gospel Life. Pastor Ro has moved to a downtown office space. Pray for wisdom as he considers the possibility of a lunchtime Bible study there. Three members will be heading abroad for mission trips in the coming months. Pray for financial provision and
At its meeting last Saturday, the Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario unanimously approved New City Fellowship’s petition to particularize. The service of particularization and installation will be held on June 17. Praise the Lord for his faithfulness to this group. Three ruling elders and five deacons will be installed along with Mika Edmondson as pastor. Pray for God’s blessing on ten more men currently taking an officer training class. Pray too that logistical processes like approving bylaws will go smoothly. The congregation will host a conference titled “Jesus and Justice”. Pray that the conference will be beneficial and that many from the community will attend. Pray too that summer Bible clubs will be effective in reaching out to