Gateway OPC has seen some visitors, but most are just traveling through town. Pastor Mourreale and the overseeing session are seeking a part of the city where the congregation can put down roots and minister effectively. Their current location is not ideal for reaching any specific community and was meant to be temporary. Pray that they will find a location where they can effectively minister. Praise God for providing a piano player through the summer months. A member from the Andover, Minnesota work will be in St. Louis with school students to do service projects. The congregation would like to partner with other larger churches from the presbytery for help with outreach and evangelism efforts. Pray that God will add three new families to
Pastor Hoekstra reports that the spirit of the congregation is good, and people serve willingly. Three people are preparing to join the congregation and several others are considering. The women of the church have met once a month, and are beginning to meet two times each month. Several of them are also going on a retreat in Green Bay, Wis. Pray that the congregation will be able to engage even more in presbytery activities. Pastor Hoekstra is getting back into his normal routine after the recent death of his father. Pray that he will be able to keep up with the shepherding needs of the congregation. The Hoekstras continue to interact regularly with their neighbors. Pray that they will have opportunities to present the gospel.
San Antonio Reformed Church recently organized as a particular congregation in February. Praise the Lord for the way he has blessed this congregation over the last few years. Pray that the new session will work well together to effectively shepherd the church. The Lord has blessed the congregation, and finances are better than were expected. The congregation held a successful work day, and the people continue to serve willingly. In recent weeks, Pastor Moody has received more phone and e-mail inquiries than usual. Pray that these contacts will visit worship and become part of the church. Andrew is also finalizing plans for small group studies on Sunday evenings. Pray that these will provide good opportunities to share the gospel with
Good Shepherd OPC has had occasional visitors, and pastor Malamisuro has followed up with phone calls and letters, but few have returned. Pray that the Lord will bring more visitors, and that the follow-up efforts will be effective in building relationships with those who come. The congregation has begun sending mailers to new residents. The congregation recently hosted presbytery. The session is regularly visiting member families, and the congregation is spiritually healthy. The group is studying the Embers to a Flame material one Sunday a week by watching a video and then discussing how it relates to their own situation. Pray that the Lord will build up this small church by bringing both mature Christians and the lost to join them.
Heritage Presbyterian Church is preparing to organize in the near future, and several men have completed officer training. Pray that the Lord will bless the organization progress. Also pray for continued peace and unity within the congregation. There have been a good number of visitors lately from a variety of backgrounds. One couple is preparing to join the congregation. Attendance is in the eighties and the congregation’s current facility seats slightly more than that. Pray for wisdom as The people have given generously, and finances are strong. One covenant child was baptized recently, and several more babies are due in the coming months. Pray for the Myers family as Mike will be away for two weeks fulfilling his duties as a chaplain in