Pastor Stephen (Catalina) Payson reports that God has been doing marvelous things at Providence OPC. Seven communicant members will be added Sunday, including two men who will be baptized. Pray that these new members will be well integrated in the body, and that their gifts will be used. The congregation is not quite self-sustaining but has been buoyed by several gifts from those in the Presbytery of Central Pennsylvania. Pray that God will give Providence increased financial stability. Pastor Payson is preparing to begin training with a potential elder. Pray that an upcoming series of classes on church history will draw people from the community, and pray for the preparation of several outreach events planned for the winter months. Pray
Ten people gathered for Grace OPC’s Labor Day picnic in 2012. This year nearly 100 people, including visitors form the apartment complex next door, enjoyed a meal together. However, there have still not been visitors to worship. Pray that the Lord of the harvest will use Grace OPC to bring in the lost. Preparations are being made for a kids club where children from the neighborhood can come with their parents to join kids from the church for monthly science experiments and Bible lessons. A maintenance and upgrade committee has been established to prioritize renovation of the facilities. They hope to have the church painted in the next two months. The morning worship service has been moved to 10:30 a.m. to make time for Sunday school
As summer winds down, things are heating up again at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. The women’s Bible study, men’s breakfast and prayer meeting are beginning again. Pastor Robert (Christy) Arendale reports that some new people have come over the summer, but none have come yet as a result of the Cornerstone’s two-month-old radio program. Pray that as more people hear the program that they will begin to attend worship. Cornerstone is combining with Providence OPC in Kingwood, TX to hold a conference on “The Christian’s Devotional Life in the 21st Century” later this month. Pray that this conference will be a blessing to the congregation and serve as an effective outreach as well.
The first worship service of what is now called Reformation Presbyterian was held last Sunday afternoon. Lacey (Debbie) Andrews, RHM for the Presbytery of the Southeast and Steve (Joanie) Doe, RHM for the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic will share preaching duties for now. Those in the core group have been active hosting the Bible study, creating a Web presence and looking for suitable meeting facilities. Ask the Lord to provide a meeting space that will allow for either morning or evening worship. Pray too for wisdom as the group prepares to petition the Presbytery of the Southeast for mission status. Another group has begun worship services every other Sunday in Gaithersburg, MD. Steve Doe says of the young group, “They are evangelistic,
Covenant OPC is working towards particularization and is on track to organize by year’s end. Two elder candidates and one deacon candidate have been certified and the congregation will meet at the end of the month to vote. Bylaws are being revised. The college group has begun meeting again and is in the process of becoming a recognized club at the University of Arizona. This gives them more visibility and makes facilities available to them. Pray that more students will join the group. Attendance dips in the summer months when snowbirds go north, but Pastor Christopher (Della) Chelpka said there are new faces each week including several Tucson natives who were exposed to the Reformed faith when they went away to college. Giving has exceeded