Several first time visitors have recently joined a growing number of regular visitors to Living Hope OPC. The congregation is now nearing the capacity of the room they rent in a building that also houses a coffee shop and Christian youth center. In addition, the coffee shop is now open during morning worship. Pray for wisdom as the congregation considers what to do regarding a meeting place. Many in the community, including a dozen un-churched young people, attended an outreach event at the youth center. Pastor Doug Bylsma would like to add a Sunday school class for the teenagers in the church. Pray that God will provide a teacher for this class. Pray too that the Lord will raise up another elder and another deacon from within the
Joshua Lyon first exhorted the congregation of Grace OPC on Christmas Day 2011. At the time, he was the yearlong intern at Branch of Hope OPC several miles away. After several years without a pastor, Grace had dwindled to about 20 people. Joshua was licensed to preach in May with a view to ordination and installation at Grace later this year. Several families from Branch of Hope have made a commitment to join Grace for two years, and several other Branch of Hope families will worship at Grace one Sunday a month. Pray that the transition for these families will go smoothly, and that the current unity among new and existing families will continue. Pray too that the congregation will keep the vision that they are missionaries, seeking
With the support of the Presbytery of Southern California, Covenant OPC is preparing to organize as a new and separate congregation sometime this fall. Pray for wisdom and continued unity as the congregation makes decisions about bylaws and elects officers. Pray for the men who have completed officer training and now look forward to the certification process. Pastor Christopher Chelpka says the congregation is unified in this endeavor, and that those new to Presbyterianism are enjoying the process. The congregation outgrew the chapel room they were renting from the local Seventh Day Adventist church, and have moved to the main auditorium. There has been a steady stream of visitors, some new to the area, and others coming though contacts in
Wolf River Presbyterian Church has only had a couple of visitors in the last several months. Visitors have made favorable comments about the congregation and the worship service, but they have not returned. Pray that past visitors will return and that new visitors will come. Still Pastor Mark Winder is encouraged, noting that the congregation is growing spiritually and growing in love for one another. “The communion of the saints is being practiced in a wonderful way,” he said. Families are showing hospitality to one another, and young people are supporting their peers at recitals and other events. The women meet twice monthly for Bible study and fellowship. Pastor Winder is preparing to go door to door in the area around the church. Pray
Attendance at Cornerstone OPC has been slowly increasing as the congregation faithfully gathers and visitors come to worship. Several visitors attended worship on a recent outreach Sunday after being invited by members. A number of people are taking an inquirers class, and others have indicated an interest in membership. Pastor Robert Arendale will soon meet with a local radio station to discuss the possibility of advertisements or even airing a program. Pray for wisdom as decisions are made about the best way to use the radio to reach people in Houston. A building fund has been started, and Pastor Arendale had an initial meeting with a real estate agent to get the lay of the land. Pray that God will provide a suitable facility in his time.