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
Trinity Presbyterian Church has regular visitors and sees some new faces. Membership numbers are up as more of those from the original group have decided to join the congregation. Pastor Jonathan Moersch is finishing up a series on Galatians. He has also been leading a study on the Westminster Confession of Faith. A recent ad on Facebook has yielded more than 300 visits to Trinity’s website. Pray that these will result in more people gathering for worship. Pastor Moersch and his family are still living a distance from the church. They are preparing to put their home on the market and hope to be move closer to the church by May or June. Pray that the Lord will provide a buyer for their current home, and that they will be able to find a new
The number of people worshiping at Gateway OPC has dropped from last year as several large families have moved out of the area, but God has been regularly adding single people and smaller families to the body. One student at a local university and a recent college graduate have been particularly active in telling their friends about Gateway. Praise God for the new people that have been added, and for the effective way that they have been ministered to. Pray also that more families will be added to the congregation. As the weather warms up, plans are being made to begin knocking on doors as was done last fall. Pastor Todd Wagenmaker – also a lawyer – is preparing to offer a few estate-planning seminars as an outreach event.
The local library recently purchased the building where Redeemer OP Mission worships, and Redeemer was able to sign a favorable one-year lease. An evening Bible study has been added to the Lord’s Day calendar. The congregation is preparing to receive three new communicant members, and two covenant children will be baptized this month. Visitors attend worship most weeks. Pray that regular visitors will desire to join the congregation. Preparations are being made for a conference on “Oceans of Emotions” with Pastor Albaugh and George Scipione speaking. Pray that many from the community will attend the conference, and that they will return for worship. Plans are also being made for leadership training. Pray that the scheduling will work out as