Providence OPC has a somewhat steady stream of visitors. Pastor Jim Stevenson reports that the members of the congregation are active in outreach, inviting friends and neighbors to worship. Pray that God will provide continued growth, and patience since this small group is surrounded by many large churches. The congregation has begun searching for better facilities. A space at a strip mall has become available. The location would not require much work to be usable since it was previously used by another church. Unlike their current location, it could be used by Providence throughout the week, and it has space for Sunday school. Pray for wisdom regarding this possible move.
Attendance has been steady at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church with about 45 people gathering each Sunday morning for worship, but the congregation recently lost a family and their only deacon to an out-of-state relocation. Pray that God will raise up deacons from the congregation. Praise God that giving has been generous, exceeding expenses last month. Pastor Chad Mullinix says there is an interest in outreach among members of the congregation. Outreach events are planned every other month, including last Sunday’s Friend Day and a Palm Sunday service held at a local retirement center. Members have been active going out into their neighborhoods and inviting people to church as well. Pray for wisdom as future events are planned.
Omega OPC must deal with the noise of a recording studio above them, a lack of Sunday school space, and visitors having difficulty finding them at their worship location at the Pajama Factory – a complex of eight former industrial buildings. Praise God that gifts from both inside and outside the church have enabled the beginning of a building fund, and pray that he will provide a new location in his time. Pray too for wisdom in advertising and making the church more visible. Eight people not associated with the work attended a piano concert outreach event in March, and a repeat of last year’s successful ice cream social outreach is planned for June. A fair number of visitors have found Omega, with a few becoming regular. Pray that more
At the end of March, one covenant child was baptized and another made profession of faith. A third person joined by letter of transfer and a fourth was baptized after making profession of faith. Volunteers from other OP congregations have made good progress on the manse renovation project, completing demolition and construction of bedrooms for the Bennett’s children. (The project is combining two apartments above Neon Reformed’s auditorium.) Another team is scheduled to work on the living space this summer. A few new visitors have come recently, but one key family moved out of state. Pray that these would become regular visitors, and that more will be added to the flock. Pastor Jay Bennett noted that for the first time, local people
The congregation of Providence Presbyterian Church has been encouraged by a new regular visitor in worship and good turnout at the Wednesday night Bible study. Pastor Markus Jeromin reports that a number of members are involved in relational ministry efforts with unchurched acquaintances. Young people from Hudsonville OPC will assist in a weeklong outreach effort in June. Pray for God’s blessing on these efforts. Pray too that mature believers will join the work. Pray for wisdom as the Long Range Planning Committee considers whether to seek a larger, more permanent and more visible worship location. Pray too that this small group will not grow weary in well-doing, and that the Lord will raise up additional office-bearers.