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.
Regional Home Missionary Stephen Doe is working with groups in several areas. 24 people met in Front Royal, Virginia for an evening worship service in early March. Another service was held in April with a third planned for the first Sunday in May. Pray that God will bless advertising efforts and bring new people to join the group being gathered in Front Royal. Presbytery of the Southeast RHM Lacey Andrews has been working with Steve in Virginia Beach, VA. A small Bible study was started in September. Several evening worship services were held in April at a community center. Pray that the Lord will provide wisdom regarding how to proceed with the work in Virginia Beach. Yet another group is meeting for Bible study in the
As Lake OPC concludes its program of denominational financial assistance, Pastor Geoff Willour asks you to pray for a spirit of persevering faithfulness and encouragement in the congregation. Several visitors to Lake OPC in recent months have found the church through Internet searches. One of these visitors is now attending regularly. Pastor Willour has had a lot of exposure on a local Christian radio station. He was interviewed about the relevance of the resurrection of Jesus for believers’ lives. He has participated in a “pastors’ roundtable” discussion. And he is preparing to participate in a discussion with a local Roman Catholic priest. Plans are being laid for other outreach efforts, including a presence at local public events
A steady stream of visitors, who come to Chicago for business or vacation, find their way to Gospel Life Church. Recent visitors came from other states and Europe. These visitors have been an encouragement to the congregation, but pray that God will bring more local visitors to worship as well. Pastor John Ro is working to build up Gospel Life’s mid-week Bible study/fellowship groups that meet on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Praise God that he has used these mid-week gatherings for the spiritual edification of the body, to welcome newcomers, and to reach out to new people in the different neighborhoods of the city of Chicago. The members show hospitality to each other and to visitors. Giving has been strong. Pray that God