Providence Reformed church recently lost two families. Praise the Lord that nearly 50 people are still gathering for worship each Lord’s Day, and pray that he will send new families to the group. One new resident has begun attending regularly. A second deacon was installed last month. Pray that the Lord will raise up additional local officers to lead the church. The women of the congregation meet regularly for a Bible study. Pastor Kuhfuss and others minister to the elderly at several area nursing homes. Kim is also joined by one or two men each week as he goes to the county jail. He leads one Bible study in the minimum-security area and another in the medium-security area. About 20 men attend. Pray that the Lord will cause these efforts to
Two families will be received into membership on Sunday. The congregation prayed for young families, and now there are 15 children younger than 10. The congregation is beginning to pray for families with older children as well. Tim is meeting regularly with two Dartmouth students who worship at Providence. The congregation has enjoyed connecting with the denomination through work teams coming to help with their building, and visits from David Nakhla and Al Tricarico. A recent group made great progress on an office for Tim. Outreach has been slow. Pray for clarity as plans are made for outreach for the coming year including the possibility of a neighborhood Bible study.
Pastor Hartshorn reports that a strong zeal for evangelism is developing among the congregation of Anaheim Hills Presbyterian Church. The adult Sunday school class is studying evangelism ahead of a push to invite people to worship on Easter. A Sunday school program for children through high school age is beginning this week. Six men are working through an officer training class as the congregation hopes to be able to particularize next year. Worship attendance is now about 50 people. The group sent about 25 people to the new work in Corona, and is preparing to send nearly 10 more to Pasadena when worship services begin there. The Pasadena Bible study recently moved to a new room at Providence Christian College.
Much has happened in the five years since the Bennetts arrived in Neon. Two people are taking a membership class, and another couple recently moved to the area and joined the congregation. Another man recently called after seeing the church sign. He is from the area and said he has been looking for a Reformed church for 10 years. Praise the Lord for these encouragements and pray that efforts like the upcoming presence at Hillbilly Days will bring more new people to worship. The congregation will loose several students as they move away. The college campus Bible studies continue to go well, and recently Pastor Bennett began meeting with one student to do evangelistic work on campus each Wednesday. Praise God for new opportunities to reach
Gospel Life is going through a time of transition. One family has moved and now attends a different church. However, Pastor Ro reports that some in the group have become more involved. He plans to restart monthly core group meetings, which he describes as fireside chats, to give people an opportunity to bring up ideas for outreach and give feedback about the ministry of the congregation. Pastor Ro also plans to begin a men’s discipleship group as he hopes to increase the focus on building up the existing members while continuing to reach out to those around them. The Whole Foods Bible study continues to draw interest from new people. Pray that the Lord will build his church both in maturity and number.