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.
About 200 gather each week for worship at New City Fellowship including new visitors each week. Pastor Edmondson is currently focusing on providing opportunities for the congregation to pray together and to enjoy fellowship with each other. The congregation has a van that picks up people from the neighborhood to take them to worship, but there is a need for a vehicle with a wheelchair lift. Pray that the Lord will provide such a vehicle. Pray too that the Lord will give the people of NCF wisdom as they seek to love their neighbors by meeting varied and complex needs. Pray that the Lord will raise up leaders for children’s ministry, so discipleship efforts can be broadened. Pray too for officers to be raised up for the congregation.