Sovereign Grace Reformed Church finishes its term of denominational financial assistance this month, but the small congregation is already investigating the possibility of planting a church about an hour west in West Plains, Missouri. Pray for wisdom in advertising an upcoming informational meeting. Pray too for a midweek Bible study that is planned following the meeting. Pastor Harding says that while the congregation in Doniphan is small, they are strong and very committed to the work. Sunday school teachers have done a good job taking the congregation through the Heidelberg Catechism. Pray for Sovereign Grace's session as they continue to learn to lead together. Pray for God's continued protection and blessing on the body, and that he
Pastor Ro is recovering from a six-week bout with laryngitis. The Lord provided for his people during the time when John could not preach or lead Bible studies. Two men, one under care of the Presbytery of the Midwest and one under care of the Presbytery of the Southeast, helped lead worship and Bible studies. Pray that God will restore John to full health, and that the Lord will give wisdom and strength as John keeps a busy schedule. Praise him for adding to the number of people who gather for the outreach Bible study on Wednesday evenings. Several new visitors have also begun regularly attending worship over the past few months. Pray that more visitors will be brought in.
After months of delays, Providence Presbyterian Church closed on its building. Several groups from around the country have gone to West Lebanon to do work on the building, which has helped the congregation see its connection to the denomination. Others have donated money and furniture. A new furnace has been installed. Pray that the Lord will provide a pianist who can play regularly. Several visitors have come as a result of the new building and an article in the local newspaper. Pastor Herndon notes that there is a sweet-spirited fellowship within the congregation. Pray that the congregation will be effective in reaching out to its new neighbors. Pray too for wisdom as they seek ways to reach students at nearby Dartmouth College.
Attendance at Trinity Presbyterian Church continues to increase slowly, but steadily. One family joined recently by letter of transfer, and Pastor Moersch is leading membership classes for several people. New visitors attend worship almost every week. Several members have begun meeting biweekly at a local coffee shop to discuss various Psalms. The first three meetings have yielded three contacts and one visitor to worship. Pray that more will come to worship as a result of these discussions. Pray for wisdom as the congregation seeks a more permanent location to rent. Praise God for his provision of work for one member, and pray that He will provide for others in the congregation as well.
Trinity Church has begun worshiping in a Lutheran congregation’s building in Syosset (sī’ ä set), NY, about six miles from their previous location. The new location is less expensive and has other advantages over the former location. With the move, the congregation now gathers for worship at 1 p.m. In the short time since the move, attendance has been up. While the worship services have moved, the congregation is still active in Huntington. The book and film club continues to attract many visitors and is now meeting in a cinema. Members also continue to serve the needy at a rescue mission in Huntington. Three deacons were ordained in August, and Pastor Miller says they are serving the congregation well. Pray for continued unity in the body