About 30 people have been gathering to worship God each Lord’s Day morning at Verde Valley Reformed Chapel (VVRC). One family recently transferred its membership from Prescott OPC. Another family planning to move to the Cottonwood area has visited regularly. Giving has been good. Pastor Brian Chang has been preaching through Ephesians. He has also made a push to find time in his schedule to resume door-to-door outreach. One woman in the neighborhood indicated that she was looking for a Presbyterian Church, and didn’t realize that VVRC was Presbyterian. Please pray that God will use the door-to-door calling and other outreach efforts to bring local people to Christ and the church. Pray too that God will strengthen those he has already
Reformation OPC is still waiting to hear the court’s decision on whether churches may continue to rent New York City public school facilities for worship. They have an emergency plan in place in case they are not allowed to continue worshiping at Fresh Meadow Elementary School, but this would not be a long-term solution. Pray that the courts will rule in favor of the churches. Pray too for wisdom as the congregation makes decisions about their meeting location for the future. Eight regular visitors have joined the congregation, and several new people have begun visiting regularly. In early April Pastor Brad Hertzog will participate in a roundtable discussion with a catholic priest, an atheist and an evolutionary scientist. Please pray that
A Bible study is held on Sunday evenings each week at a hotel at the intersection of Interstate 81 and US Highway 30. OP minister John Mallin leads the study. It began thirteen months ago as a twice-monthly study at a crisis pregnancy center. The new facility has room for more people and is more accessible. A sign placed in front of the hotel offers good visibility to many who travel on Route 30, the main road through town. Pray that the Lord would add to this group, enabling it to begin meeting for the public worship of God. If you know of people in the Chambersburg area, please direct them to www.chambersburgopc.org or have them contact John (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Hillsdale OPC, a “town and gown” congregation, is enjoying significant fellowship and care across both communities within the congregation. In the past few months two people have been baptized: one a recently born covenant child and the other an adult making a profession of faith. Pastor Everett Henes continues to write a weekly column for the local paper. He also led a series of Bible studies at the local library. These have brought new contacts and helped introduce people to the OPC as a faithful, Bible-believing church. Pray for wisdom as the congregation looks for a better meeting place. The building that was being pursued for purchase is off the table due to zoning matters. Rent at the current facility has gone up, and the congregation
Providence was able to show hospitality to 75 people by hosting a German Breakfast during the town’s annual “Christkindl Markt” celebration in December. Pray that God will bring new families to Providence through outreach events like this. A men’s prayer breakfast was begun this month, and women’s prayer breakfast will begin next month. Mark Stumpff, a member who will attend Westminster Seminary next year, has been serving as a pastoral intern. Pray for Mark and his wife, Katie, as they prepare to move to Philadelphia. The congregation has come together to help a family with significant needs. Pray for Pastor Payson as he travels next week to Columbia with Doug Clawson and Steve Larson. Stephen will be doing a fair amount of lecturing on