On Friday, April 19, the Presbytery of the Midwest will install Rev. John S. Shaw as General Secretary of the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension (CHMCE). The service will be held at 7 p.m. at Mission OPC in St. Paul, MN. Rev. Richard Gerber, CHCME’s Associate General Secretary, will preach, and Rev. Ivan DeMaster will give the charge to John Shaw. All are welcome to attend the service. Mission OPC is located at 1040 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55103.
Christ Covenant OPC will publicly receive several new members in the coming weeks. In January, you were asked to pray for wisdom regarding Christ Covenant’s meeting place as the Lutheran church building where they worship was put on the market. Praise God that the congregation was able to sign a new lease with lower rent and terms more beneficial to the congregation. Give thanks, too, that finances are stable. A hymn sing with a focus on Christ’s ascension will be held on May 4. Invitations have been sent to more than 200 area churches and advertisements will be run as well. Pastor Brandon Wilkins asks for prayer that the gospel will be clearly presented. Several new visitors came to worship in March, and while they spoke positively, they
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