The cold waters of Lake Erie delay spring’s arrival in Huron, so Pastor Oldaker hasn’t been walking the pier yet, but he continues to build relationships with the regulars at the local coffee shop. April 16 will be an invitation Sunday with food and fellowship after the service. Invitation cards are being handed out. One woman attended worship recently after Larry gave her a card and engaged her in conversation. A new member is to be received by profession of faith and baptism on Easter, and his unbelieving parents will attend the service. Pray that the Lord will work in their hearts. Attendance has been hit by a wave of illness in the congregation. Pray that the Lord will bring members back to full health soon. Pray also for new
Gateway OPC has seen some visitors, but most are just traveling through town. Pastor Mourreale and the overseeing session are seeking a part of the city where the congregation can put down roots and minister effectively. Their current location is not ideal for reaching any specific community and was meant to be temporary. Pray that they will find a location where they can effectively minister. Praise God for providing a piano player through the summer months. A member from the Andover, Minnesota work will be in St. Louis with school students to do service projects. The congregation would like to partner with other larger churches from the presbytery for help with outreach and evangelism efforts. Pray that God will add three new families to
Pastor Hoekstra reports that the spirit of the congregation is good, and people serve willingly. Three people are preparing to join the congregation and several others are considering. The women of the church have met once a month, and are beginning to meet two times each month. Several of them are also going on a retreat in Green Bay, Wis. Pray that the congregation will be able to engage even more in presbytery activities. Pastor Hoekstra is getting back into his normal routine after the recent death of his father. Pray that he will be able to keep up with the shepherding needs of the congregation. The Hoekstras continue to interact regularly with their neighbors. Pray that they will have opportunities to present the gospel.
San Antonio Reformed Church recently organized as a particular congregation in February. Praise the Lord for the way he has blessed this congregation over the last few years. Pray that the new session will work well together to effectively shepherd the church. The Lord has blessed the congregation, and finances are better than were expected. The congregation held a successful work day, and the people continue to serve willingly. In recent weeks, Pastor Moody has received more phone and e-mail inquiries than usual. Pray that these contacts will visit worship and become part of the church. Andrew is also finalizing plans for small group studies on Sunday evenings. Pray that these will provide good opportunities to share the gospel with
Good Shepherd OPC has had occasional visitors, and pastor Malamisuro has followed up with phone calls and letters, but few have returned. Pray that the Lord will bring more visitors, and that the follow-up efforts will be effective in building relationships with those who come. The congregation has begun sending mailers to new residents. The congregation recently hosted presbytery. The session is regularly visiting member families, and the congregation is spiritually healthy. The group is studying the Embers to a Flame material one Sunday a week by watching a video and then discussing how it relates to their own situation. Pray that the Lord will build up this small church by bringing both mature Christians and the lost to join them.