Pastor McKamy is thankful to see Covenant OPC’s core group pressing on. A fellowship breakfast scheduled for this Saturday was initiated and planned by members. McKamy is working to let people know what makes Covenant unique. The congregation is also struggling to get word out to the community about their new location. Pray for effective ways to tell the community what Covenant is and where Covenant meets. Pray that a hymn sing in June will bring local visitors. The group’s participation in an annual chili cook-off has not resulted in visitors but has increased awareness of Covenant’s existence. Pray for wisdom for the session and attending families as they consider the way forward.
Opportunities abound in the Presbytery of the Southwest, where Mark Sumpter serves as the Regional Home Missionary. Prayers have been answered for an organizing pastor for Trinity Presbyterian Church of Waco, TX. Jason (Amanda) Kirklin will transition to this mission work this summer. Please remember the Kirklins and the congregation. Pray also for SW Houston and the Good Shepherd Bible Study, where Mr. Miller Ansell, a Licentiate of the Presbytery, will gain experience as a Church Planting Intern. Pray that the Lord will use his Word in outreach and evangelism. Last, following up on inquiring families in El Paso, Texas (population 681,000) looks promising, so pray that a Bible study would get started by September.
Brett Mahlen’s ministry at Stateville Correctional Center is in full swing. He teaches a class focused on the first 38 questions of the Shorter Catechism to one group on Monday and another group on Saturday. The students are attentive and gladly do homework. Brett hopes to offer three different classes in the fall. He was recently given the opportunity to lead a Bible study for two men, and the guard read everything the inmates read. Brett has had good contact with many others who enter the prison to meet with inmates. He is able to stop by cells and initiate conversations. Pray that these would lead to good gospel discussions. Pray also that he will be efficient in administrative matters to have maximum time available for ministry.
South Austin Presbyterian Church’s move to a new rented location has gone very smoothly. Praise the Lord for his provision of the space at extremely low rent. Without their own building and signage to serve as a public face of the group, the congregation has begun a major outreach and advertising push this year. They have seen a steady stream of visitors as a result. Pray that more young families will respond to the advertising by coming to worship. A second elder was recently ordained and installed, and two deacon candidates are taking an officer training class. Praise the Lord for his provision of officers for the congregation. And give thanks that several people moving into the area have joined SAPC.
Eight people will join the work as communicant members this Sunday and six covenant children will be baptized. The congregation has begun publicizing a conference titled “The Gospel According to Moses” and about a dozen people not familiar to the congregation have expressed interest in attending. Pray that this, and another conference being planned for the fall, will be effective means of reaching out to the community. Pastor Graves spends Tuesday evenings at a game shop in town. Praise the Lord for the softening of a self-proclaimed atheist, and pray that he and others will come to saving faith. Pray for effective teaching and for growth and unity in the congregation in light of theological differences that have emerged.