Graduation season has been exciting and busy in Collierville. Several graduates will be moving out of the area. Wolf River Presbyterian has lost several families due to work-related moves as well. One new family has been attending regularly, and the Lord continues to send new visitors, and nearly 50 were gathered for worship on May 18. Pastor Winder reports that the people remain encouraged and committed to the work. The congregation is faithful in inviting friends and family to attend worship, and the young people continue to witness to friends. Pray that the Lord will cause these efforts to bear fruit. Wolf River has gained a reputation as a place where the Bible is taken seriously. A women’s Bible study concluded recently. Pray for the
Redeemer OPC Mission is losing two core families (including two ordained deacons) due to work relocations. One man, who recently completed officer training, has agreed to be an elder candidate. Six visitors attended the heavily advertised Spring Fling outreach event on May 17th. Pray that these contacts will bear fruit. There was a large turnout from the congregation. Pray that they will not become discouraged due to the small number of visitors. Louis Cleote began serving as a yearlong intern in January. He is leading the congregation’s summer outreach picnic efforts. Pray that families moving to the area will join the congregation. Attendance averages in the mid thirties each week, and finances are strong.
Two deacons were ordained and installed earlier this year, and they have been actively serving the congregation. New banners are put up on Sundays to direct people to Holy Trinity, which is hard to find. The facility search committee continues to look for a new place. Pray that the Lord will provide a better, more visible facility soon. Several people from the congregation have begun to gather quarterly to hand out flyers in the neighborhoods surrounding the church. Pray that these efforts will bear fruit. Pastor Mullinix says it is good to see the congregation thinking beyond the four walls of their meeting place. Pray that their love for the lost will continue to increase. Pray also that the preaching and teaching of the word will be
Knox OPC was organized as a new and separate congregation of the OPC on April 11. There are 63 members, and several more are ready to join. In addition to several regular attendees there are new visitors most weeks. Pray for continued growth, both in wisdom and in numbers. The congregation is considering buying airtime on a local Christian radio station. Pray for wisdom in outreach efforts and for fruit from those efforts. Weekly Bible studies are slated to begin in June. Pray that many will attend and be blessed. Pray too for Pastor Walicord as he travels to Germany and Austria to preach and offer a counseling seminar. Praise God for the close fellowship enjoyed by the congregation as they gather for meals each week after worship.
Summer’s approach means that many of Gospel Life’s college students will be leaving the area, some for a few months, and some for good. Pray that new students will begin coming to worship in the fall. The congregation still sees many visitors traveling from Europe and is considering providing tracts in several languages. Pray that more native Chicagoans, particularly young couples, will visit and desire to become part of the work. Pastor Ro and others are looking for ways to reach out to this demographic. Praise God that the people open their homes to each other to enjoy fellowship. Pray for wisdom and strength for Pastor Ro as he preaches twice and leads a Bible study each week.