While many new visitors have not returned, several families are preparing to join the congregation as new members next month. Two people have come to worship at Reformation OPC as a result of members serving breakfast at the local Salvation Army. Rather than focusing solely on organized outreach activities, Pastor Joseph Fowler has encouraged people to be salt on a day-to-day basis, being aware of and showing love to the lost around them. One of Reformation’s members was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Pray for this man and his family. Pastor Fowler reports that the congregation has matured and been drawn closer together through this situation. Praise God for his gracious financial provision. Pray that God will provide, in his time,
Rev. Dan and Jill McManigal moved to Seattle, Washington, to be near a good school for their son, who is hearing impaired. The family quickly settled at Westminster OPC in Monroe. Soon after, the session approached Dan, who has pastored congregations in the OPC and URC, about the possibility of planting a church in Seattle. Late last fall the session had little more than $1,700 from an offering. While the session was talking with Dan, God was gathering a small group of people interested in being part of a reformed church plant in Seattle. Soon a Bible study was meeting. The ninth time the group met was a combined worship service with the Monroe congregation. There are 27 committed members, and 50 people gathered for worship several
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.