Knox OPC is adding about two people a month with current attendance averaging around 50 people. Pastor Sacha Walicord stresses the importance of prayer, and since many people drive a distance to Knox, there are two separate prayer meetings where members pray for the various outreach efforts of the church. The church has an advertisement in the newspaper each week. Pastor Walicord is teaching an economics course for local public school teachers. He also teaches apologetics to homeschool students. Preparations are being made for a marriage and family conference in the spring. Pray that God will bless these efforts. Pray too for the December start of a Men’s Bible study, which is to lead into officer training.
Lake OPC added two members and had a number of visitors in October. Pastor Geoffrey Willour reports that the commitment level in the congregation remains high. As the need for continued growth and maturity in the "Body Life" of the church remains, please pray for congregational unity and cohesiveness. The congregation is seeking the wisest, most effective ways to share the gospel in the community. Please pray that God will bless their efforts with the addition of newcomers and new members. Pray too for greater visibility in the community as Lake OPC meets in a facility that does not offer much visibility.
Please join the OPC of Rio Rancho, NM in giving thanks to God for his abundant blessings. Pastor Todd Bordow reports that attendance is in the mid-eighties meaning that the congregation is running out of room in its current building. In the midst of a weak economy they are more than $10,000 above budget in 2012. The church welcomed nine new members during the summer, and five more are seeking membership this fall. The members are very welcoming to visitors and active in service and fellowship. Please pray that more young people will join the church, as they only have four or five people in their twenties and few young children.
Providence OPC has had several new visitors in recent months. Pastor Stephen Payson asks us to pray for additional young families. In order to better serve families already at Providence, and any who may come, there are now two children’s Sunday school classes. A plan has been laid out to offer “core courses” for the adult Sunday school class. A young man who has been attending for nearly a year is preparing to profess his faith in Christ and will be baptized. Give thanks that giving continues to be very good, but pray for God’s continued provision as outside financial support winds down. Pray too that qualified men will be identified for leadership training in the coming year.
Trinity OPC will host a Fall Bible Conference with Alan Strange speaking on the theme “The New Life in Christ.” The congregation has spread the word about the conference by way of newspaper, radio and the Internet. Please pray that this will be a blessing to those who attend, and that many from the greater Huntington area will attend. There has been a good turnout at the Bible study on the campus of Marshall University, and Pastor David Robbins is hoping to expand on it. Please pray that the Lord will make his will clear for this congregation, and ask him to send new families to Trinity. Pray too for those in the congregation who are facing financial difficulties, including some who are in need of employment.