Grace OPC entered 2016 expecting a significant budget deficit, but the Lord provided through the sacrificial giving of his people, and they ended the year with a slight surplus. Praise the Lord for his provision as the congregation nears the end of their period of denominational financial support. The congregation continues to gather for monthly workdays, where they have cleaned and updated the building and grounds. Several men are taking an officer training class. Pastor Lyon hopes that new officers will be ordained and installed this summer. The first biweekly prayer meeting was held last week, and a good number attended. Preparations are being made to minister to the local kids who use the church’s basketball hoops. Pray for fruit from
Resurrection Presbyterian Church held its first worship service on December 4. Each week, the congregation has lingered and enjoyed fellowship after worship as they pack up chairs. There have been visitors from outside the group most weeks, and one family has visited several times. Several families were invited, while others found the group through its new website. Pray that more of these visitors will return and become part of the group. Pray for opportunities for the Holda family to get to know their new neighbors. Pray also for wisdom for Pastor Holda as he balances the administrative needs of the work while focusing on the ministry of the word and prayer. The group continues to enjoy fellowship and support from their mother church,
Fall is often an encouraging time at Gospel Life as new students and residents arrive in the Windy City. This year has been no different. Several new students from Moody Bible Institute have begun attending worship, and a new couple has also become regular in attending. New people continue to come to the Wednesday evening Bible study at Whole Foods. The congregation has done several outreach activities recently, including visiting a local nursing home and handing out food to the homeless. Pray that the Lord will cause these efforts to bear fruit. John lost his voice for a couple weeks. He has mostly recovered, but struggles to finish his sermons. Pray for a complete recovery.
Jim Bosgraf has been active traveling to the Presbytery of the Midwest’s various mission works. He attended worship and a meeting at Gateway OPC in St. Louis, Missouri as the congregation discussed future ministry focus. He worshipped with Covenant Family Church in Troy, Missouri as they said goodbye to their retiring pastor. In Oshkosh, Wisconsin he participated in the ordination and installation of Bob Holda, and in Rockford, Illinois he participated in the organization service of Providence OPC. Praise the Lord for his blessing on the many church plants Jim has assisted over the years. Pray for wisdom as he continues to do spade work for future works throughout the presbytery.
About two years ago, a living room Bible study began with several families attending. The group, with some past ties to the OPC, contacted Mark Sumpter and began working with the Presbytery of the Northwest to plant a church. The Graves family arrived in Coeur d’Alene about two months ago and has been warmly received. The group has grown to nearly 90 in attendance at Sunday morning worship, and they are outgrowing their current location. Pray that the Lord will provide a new worship facility for them. The group has invited friends, and there are visitors most Sundays. Pray for the start of a new members class with several families. Preparations are being made for an officer training class. Pray that the Lord will raise up officers.