The 2013 Church Planter Training Conference is being held January 8-10 at Lake Sherwood OPC in Orlando, Florida. Please pray for safety in travel, a rich time of fellowship, learning, and encouragement as the men who began their OP church planting ministries in 2012 and other invited guests travel to Orlando from throughout the United States to meet together with the Home Missions staff.
Pastor Tim Beauchamp and the people of Pleasant Mountain OPC praise God for his goodness in 2012 as they prepare for the coming year. The congregation ended the year with a well-attended prayer and praise gathering. A recent Sunday school class focused on the book Planting an Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Quarterly meetings are planned to assess progress towards becoming an organized Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Pray for unity in this process. Plans are being made to hold periodic evangelistic Bible studies based on John Blanchard’s Ultimate Questions. Pray too for wisdom in using the building’s limited space to best serve the adults and the twenty children in the congregation and for efforts to establish young people’s activities for
Pastor Christopher Chelpka reports that visitors continue to come to Covenant OPC. Many are Christians, but a growing number of unbelievers are visiting too. Twenty-nine people from nine households are taking a membership class. While Covenant’s meeting place is currently adequate, those assembled are nearing the building’s capacity with increasing regularity. Pray that God will provide a new facility when it is needed. Preparations are being made to host a PCA short-term missions team from Canada. Pray that God will bless this and other outreach efforts aimed at the neighborhood immediately surrounding Covenant’s current meeting location. Pray too for the ongoing officer training class.
Reformation OPC continues to wait on a ruling regarding churches using NYC Public School buildings for worship. The ruling could come tomorrow or a month from now. Humanly speaking, it is expected that this court will rule against the churches. Pastor Brad Hertzog reports that the issue is whether it would lead to a short-term interruption, or a permanent move to another facility. A move would be a challenge logistically and perhaps financially. Pray that God will provide a favorable ruling, but that, if his will is otherwise, the congregation would trust him to provide. Please continue to pray that the Lord would grow Reformation OPC in holiness, and increase its focus on the lost around them. Pray too that the Lord would raise up leaders
Hillsdale OPC is made up of two parts – college and community. On the college side, the freshmen are getting well acquainted with the church. Some come from OPC backgrounds, some from different church backgrounds, and some from no church background. Please pray for the ongoing ministry to these students. On the community side of things, the Lord has added a family that moved into the area. Please pray for Pastor Everett Henes’s plans for a winter Bible study at the community library, similar to the annual summer study that has attracted people from the community. Pray too that God will give wisdom as the congregation is considering purchasing a building located three blocks from the college campus and two blocks from downtown. The facility