Gospel Life is going through a time of transition. One family has moved and now attends a different church. However, Pastor Ro reports that some in the group have become more involved. He plans to restart monthly core group meetings, which he describes as fireside chats, to give people an opportunity to bring up ideas for outreach and give feedback about the ministry of the congregation. Pastor Ro also plans to begin a men’s discipleship group as he hopes to increase the focus on building up the existing members while continuing to reach out to those around them. The Whole Foods Bible study continues to draw interest from new people. Pray that the Lord will build his church both in maturity and number.
Around 70 people gather in Coeur d’Alene each week to worship our God. Six families are taking a membership class. Four men began officer training about two months ago. Pray that the Lord will bless the participants of these classes. There has been a good number of visitors to worship. Most of them have heard of the congregation by word of mouth. Pastor Graves recently began an evangelistic Bible study in town, and the group plans to begin airing a free listing on the local Moody radio station. Plans are being made for a group from Emmanuel OPC in Kent, Washington to run a VBS in Coeur d’Alene this summer. Pray that these efforts will bring in even more visitors to worship.
Two families, including one that has lived in Cottonwood for many years, joined Christ Reformed Presbyterian Church in January. There have also been local visitors in recent weeks. The congregation recently mailed 2,500 postcards to homes in Cottonwood. This has not yet drawn visitors, but several people have checked out CRPC’s online presence. Pray that this effort and others will yield new visitors to worship. The school where the congregation meets will undergo renovation projects this summer, meaning that no space will be available for rent. Pray that the Lord will provide a good space to meet for the summer.
Area Home Missions Coordinator Chris Walmer continues to support Omega OPC in Williamsport, PA and Covenant OPC in Chambersburg, PA. While Omega has completed its denominational funding, the congregation continues to work towards particularization. One Omega family is moving out of the area, but several others have begun membership classes. In addition to working with these two groups, Chris has begun an in-depth assessment process of the Lebanon, PA area. Last month, Chris met with several families in the area to discuss a prayer meeting. The group has agreed to meet again this month to discuss details of a Bible study. Pray that God will give wisdom to this small group and add to their number.
Nearly 15 years ago, two members of Covenant OPC in Oreland Park, Illinois began ministering to inmates at Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum-security state prison. Seven years ago, Brett Mahlen interned at Covenant and went along to the prison on several occasions. At that time, three of the inmates had joined Covenant. Today about 10 inmates are members. One of the two men who visited the prison died, and the other retired and moved from the area. Covenant recently called Brett as an associate pastor to focus on the prison ministry. Pray that requirements will be met allowing Brett to enter the prison without an escort soon, and also be able to begin teaching his Westminster Shorter Catechism class for Divine Hope Reformed Bible