Three families, who found Providence Reformed Church in three different ways, seem ready to make a commitment to the group. Several others have been invited to worship by members. Pray that current visitors will stay, and that others will come to worship. Pray too for opportunities to reach students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Men from the congregation attended a joint retreat with men from Providence’s mother church in Hammond. Praise God for this time of fellowship. The congregation advertises in several local newspapers and on the Internet. They also sponsor programming on a local Christian radio station, and recently sent out 1,300 mailers to people living near the theater where they meet for worship. Pray that these
A building search committee is working to secure a location that would offer Providence Presbyterian Church greater visibility and expanded opportunities for ministry. One man is taking a membership class, and a couple of regular visitors to the Wednesday night Bible study have been an encouragement to the congregation. A brainstorming session on outreach and servant evangelism will take place in early March. Pray that God will be pleased to use this event to encourage his people to reach out to their community. Pray for wisdom and strength for Pastor Jeromin and the one ruling elder actively serving at Providence, and that the Lord will raise up more leaders. Pray also, that this small group will not grow weary.
An international student from Singapore who has brought several friends to worship will finish her studies in May. Pray that Gateway OPC will have opportunities to continue to minister to international students in their area. One of the students who came is now attending school in Berkley California, and is preparing for membership at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Praise God for this fruit. Giving has been strong. Several people who traveled some distance to Gateway, but seemed ready to join the congregation have decided to attend a church closer to home. Pray that God will send more local visitors to the work. Men’s and Women’s Bible studies are well attended, and the people enjoy regular opportunities for fellowship. Pray that God will
One man joined Verde Valley Reformed Chapel last month, and another has come back to the work. A couple is preparing to join. Several others have visited, including some who attend regularly. Pray that more visitors will come to worship, and that those who already come will stay. One of the core families has moved away from the work, but Pastor Brian (Sara) Chang sees the work moving slowly in the right direction. Pray that the Lord will continue to strengthen and establish this congregation. The congregation gives faithfully to the work, and the finances have been good. Attendance at Morning worship is about 35 people each Lord’s Day. The Presbytery of Southern California appointed a new session for the mission work.
Pastor Brandon (Laurie) Wilkins is teaching through Calvin Cummings’ Confessing Christ as a combined new members class and refresher Sunday school class. The congregation’s lease is due to be renewed soon. Pray that the good relationship with the Lutheran congregation that owns the building will continue. Praise God for recent visitors and pray that returning visitors will join the congregation. Members of Christ Covenant will have a booth at a local expo in March. Pray that God will bless their interactions by bringing still more visitors to worship. Pastor Wilkins is preparing to teach a class on Presbyterian leadership. Pray that God will raise up local leaders for the congregation. The women of the congregation have organized