The congregation of Sovereign Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church is united in studying the Confessions and catechisms and learning how to be a confessional church. Four family units are preparing for membership interviews. Pray that God will be honored both by the session and the families in this process. Pray too that the Lord will bless SGRC's newspaper and web advertisements in Pocahontas, Arkansas, seeking Reformed contacts there. Two people in the congregation are suffering from serious illnesses. Please pray that The Lord will uphold them and praise God for the way he has used these illnesses to bring glory to himself. Pray too that those who regularly attend worship will publicly profess faith in Christ.
Momentum is building at Omega OPC. A family of six has come from New Life OPC – Omega’s mother church – to support the work. Fifth Sundays have been designated Friendship Sundays. Last month, a prayer list of invited families was created. While only one family on the list of 15 visited, four families not on the list showed up as well. Twenty people from the community attended a piano concert outreach event. Pray for continued encouragement and motivation as outreach and evangelism efforts continue. Pray for wisdom regarding worship facilities. Visitors have trouble finding Omega. The landlord has approved new signs to help people find Omega’s space in the Pajama Factory complex. Pray too, that the Lord will provide Sunday school teachers
Hope OPC has experienced significant changes in the past six weeks. Due to developments in its mother church, Westminster OPC in Monroe, the two groups have determined to continue as one congregation - Hope OPC in Mercer Island, a suburb abutting Seattle. This has meant an addition of four families to the work in Mercer Island and having two local elders and two deacons. There have also been many visitors with one family beginning to attend regularly. Average attendance at worship is now about 60, filling about three fourths of their rented space. Pray that the expanded group will continue to mesh well. Praise God for the fellowship that is enjoyed each week as many stay after worship to share a potluck meal. Thank God for the way he is
It has been a good season for Trinity OPC according to Pastor Miller. A number of visitors have attended worship, with many indicating a desire to stay, and some beginning the process of joining the congregation. The body is growing together with a women’s book study, men’s groups and social events. Pray that the congregation will continue to grow in its zeal to reach out to the surrounding community. Officer training went well, yielding several candidates for the office of deacon. Pray for wisdom as the congregation meets and votes on potential officers early this summer. Pray for wisdom for Pastor Miller and the session as they lead the flock. Pray, too, for the many young families dealing with the expense of living on Long Island.
Immanuel OPC begins denominational financial support this month. Andover is a northern suburb of Minneapolis. The group began meeting for public worship in early November in the building of a local Seventh Day Adventist congregation. Praise God for providing this reasonably-priced location for the congregation, and for the generosity with which his people have supported the work. Two young men have visited worship recently. One, a Chinese immigrant, meets regularly with Pastor Hoekstra and is asking good questions. Pray for wisdom and faithfulness in evangelism efforts. Members of the congregation are preparing to go door to door in the near future, and plans are being made for future outreach efforts. Praise God for the way the group is