Join the saints at Knox OPC as they praise God for providing their first two local ruling elders who were ordained and installed in late December. Pray for wisdom as these men and Pastor Sacha (Martina) Walicord seek to faithfully lead God’s people. The congregation aims to particularize this spring. Nine new members were added in December, and six more are taking membership classes. Attendance has grown to about 60 people on Sunday mornings. Pastor Walicord participated in a radio program last month, and the church was mentioned several times. Pray that those who heard of the church on the radio will visit worship. Pray also that the Lord would bless as Pastor Walicord teaches a course on early church history for a local homeschool group.
God has called Pastor Tim (Deborah) Herndon to plant Providence OPC in the hard soil of New England where less than 5 percent of the population attends church on Sunday morning. West Lebanon, NH has a mix of the slow-paced life of small town New England and a cosmopolitan feel due to its proximity to Dartmouth College. Pray that God will grant patience as Tim seeks to be faithful in breaking up this rocky soil. The group began meeting for prayer in April 2013. In August, a Sunday afternoon worship service was added to the weekly schedule. Praise God that he has provided free meeting space at another local church. Pray for wisdom as the group looks for space that will accommodate morning worship and Sunday school. Pray that the body will be
San Antonio Reformed Church lost the use of its former worship facility, and has found a new home in a restaurant. While the location presents some limitations, it is highly visible. Last weekend, an advertisement began running before each showing at the 14-screen theatre next door. Pray that these ads will lead to many visitors. More than a dozen members participated in a recent workday to help restaurant staff clean out their storage area. Pray with Pastor Andrew (Billie) Moody for more opportunities to build relationships with restaurant staff. One employee attended worship last week, and another indicated a desire to visit. The congregation continues to enjoy regular fellowship at events like a New Year’s Eve party held at the Moody’s
New visitors have been attending worship at Wolf River Presbyterian Church. Several visitors have also attended recent fellowship gatherings of the congregation. Pray that they will return, and that regular visitors will desire to join the congregation. Praise the Lord for his abundant financial provision over the past year. Pastor Mark (Michele) Winder continues to be encouraged by the young people of the church. They welcome newcomers and are actively engaging young people from the community. Pastor Winder is teaching a Worldview and Philosophy class at the church facility on Monday mornings. Pray that this will be a means to reach new people and build up those who are already a part of Wolf River. Pray too that God will bless continued
David Smiley began his role as the Regional Home Missionary for the Presbytery of Philadelphia on January 1, though these first weeks have been spent in the South. Pray for traveling mercies for Kathy and the Smiley children as they head to their new home in Pennsylvania, and for David as he travels to the Keys Evangelistic Ministries before joining them in a few days. Pray also that the family will be quickly integrated into their new church home, Covenant OPC in Reading. David’s focus in the next few months will be to get to know the presbytery’s people, and its story, as he seeks a context for his prayers and church planting efforts. Pray that God will bless his interactions with the congregations of the Presbytery and keep him safe