Remember to keep in prayer Grace OPC and their pastor Josh Lyon as they have completed their program of denominational financial assistance. Pray that God will bless the church by adding new families to the congregation. New basketball hoops were recently installed on the church property. Pray that many local young people will participate in a planned basketball outreach ministry, and that the congregation will have opportunity to build relationships with the players and their families. Many neighbors have been invited to a women’s book club. Pray that their involvement will lead them to attend worship. Praise the Lord for the willingness of the congregation to serve in a variety of ways, and for the unity that has been enjoyed by the body.
Members from Grace Reformed Fellowship were able to have several substantive conversations with visitors to their booth at the Winter Fair in Lander. Sermons are broadcast on the radio and many have downloaded sermons on the Internet. Plans are being made for VBS at the end of May. Pray that contacts from these outreach efforts will come to worship. Attendance remains steady in the forties. People are maturing in their faith as they hear the Word faithfully preached and the members care for one another. Praise the Lord for an extension for the congregation’s lease in their current space, but pray that the Lord will provide a new space soon as the lease will still be up before the end of the year.
RHM Dave Crum reports that there is progress on several fronts in the Presbytery of Southern California. Praise the Lord for progress in the search for a man to minister to the group in Pasadena. The group currently meets Sunday evenings on the campus of Providence Christian College, and there are regularly new visitors attending. There are now 75 people gathering for worship in Yuma, Arizona. Pray for stability as several military families will be reassigned to new bases this year. Pray too for wisdom on where to plant the next church. The Presbytery is exploring ways to reach more people in the Los Angeles area. Dave is speaking again this year at the presbytery women’s retreat. Praise God that many women from mission works are enjoying
A college student who began visiting regularly after last fall’s theology conference recently joined the church. The two college campus Bible studies will soon wrap up for the summer. Several members will join Pastor Bennett at Hillbilly Days. Instead of opening a booth, as they’ve done in the past, the members will engage people in conversations as they walk throughout the festival. Pray that they will have significant conversations with many people. A couple from Cedar Presbyterian Church in Hudsonville, Michigan recently helped the Bennetts make progress on several manse renovation projects. One member has moved out of the area, and another couple expects to move in the coming months. Pray that more local residents will be brought into
About 40 people are gathering for worship at Corona Presbyterian Church each week. Two new families have begun attending regularly since the beginning of the year. Twelve people are taking a new members class which Pastor Prather hopes to wrap up this Sunday. Plans are already underway to begin another class soon. Several men are also participating in a leadership training class. The synagogue where the congregation meets continues to be a good location for worship and Sunday school. The group gathers in the Prather’s home on Sunday evenings. Sermons are streamed live on Corona Presbyterian’s Facebook page. An evangelism encouragement group meets monthly. Pray for wisdom as the group seeks to reach out to Corona.