Knox OPC is growing slowly and steadily. Last week two people made profession of faith, and a member was received by letter of transfer. Others have expressed interest in membership. Pastor Sacha Walicord reports that a recent marriage and family conference went well. Pray that this and other outreach efforts will be fruitful in bringing new visitors to worship. Two deacon candidates and one elder candidate are currently in an officer training course as the congregation hopes to particularize by the end of the year. Pray that the training will continue to go well, and that the organizing process including the election of officers will go smoothly. Pray too that the Lord will provide financially for this work.
Resurrection OPC has been meeting for morning and evening worship in separate locations. Those gathered for morning worship are filling their space in a catering facility. After extensive research, they will be holding both services in a larger room at the catering facility. Give thanks to God for his provision of one location where both services can be held. With the Spring semester over, Pastor Jeremiah Montgomery is taking a break from Discuss Your Faith, his open-air preaching on Penn State’s campus. He is teaching a Bible survey course in the adult Sunday school class. Two babies were baptized recently, and three new members will be received this month. Four men continue to take an officer training course. Pray that the congregation
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