Last Saturday sixteen young people from OP churches in Arizona and forty-one from our churches in Southern California worked with Regional Home Missionary Dave (Jane) Crum to do outreach work for Trinity Presbyterian Church, Capistrano Beach, California. After enjoying fellowship around a beach bonfire on Friday night, they headed north to Capistrano Beach early Saturday morning. After orientation they put together 1,600 door hangers for distribution. Each door hanger included a flyer entitled “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” and gave all the pertinent information about Trinity Presbyterian, together with a copy of either the OPC brochure “Get to Know Us Better” or a tract by Rev. Bill Welzien entitled “Key Truths You Need to Know”. Pray
Remember to pray for Igreja Presbiteriana Brasileira and her pastor Roberto Laranjo as their program of denominational financial assistance comes to an end. The work began six years ago with just seven people. Jamaicans, Ukrainians, and Americans have joined the Brazilian group. Now about 40 people, many of whom are new Christians, gather each Sunday evening for worship. Pastor Laranjo reports that it has been encouraging to see these people mature through various trials. Pray that God will bless the church with new families and visitors. Pray too, that the process of organizing as a particular congregation will go smoothly. Ask the Lord to provide financially for the congregation too. In addition to the group in Lowell, a Sunday morning
Pastor Andrew Moody reports that San Antonio Reformed Church is slowly growing. One family is taking a membership class, and another recently completed one. There are also several families that have become regular visitors at worship. Praise God that giving has been generous the past few months. The Moodys regularly host fellowship activities at their house, and Andrew actively seeks opportunities to minister to the broader community. Pray that the congregation will have the opportunity and desire for intentional outreach efforts. Andrew and Billie Moody are highly involved in the Presbytery of the Southwest’s youth camp held in early July. Pray that God will bless those from San Antonio Reformed and around the Presbytery as they attend.
Providence OPC has entered into a period of financial struggle, due in large part to the increasing cost of Pastor Stephen Payson's health insurance over the last several years. The Presbytery of Central Pennsylvania is graciously providing additional financial support to the congregation, but Providence's greatest need is for additional families. The Lord has already brought one such family who desires to join the church and will be participating in an upcoming membership class. Pray that the Lord will provide more families to join the body. Pray too that the inquirers classes, based on Daniel Hyde’s book Welcome to a Reformed Church! will be a blessing to those who attend. The congregation will also be having more informal "dinner and
Tony Garbarino began his labors at Covenant OPC in San Jose, Calif., this month. He is serving as a church planting intern, and he will spend the first part of his year in San Jose. After a few months, he will begin working to develop a core group in the San Francisco Bay area. Pray that those who have expressed interest will be committed to the work and that new people will be added. Pray for wisdom for Tony, Covenant’s pastor Jeff Landis, and the session as they make preparations to plant a church. Pray that God will gather his people through this work.