Robert Arendale arrived in Houston just a few weeks ago. He is serving as the organizing pastor at Cornerstone OPC. This work in the northwest part of the city began a couple of years ago as a Bible study. About 30 people now gather in a day care center for morning worship. Robert hopes to add Bible studies and a prayer meeting to the weekly schedule in the coming months. Please pray that this group, diverse in ethnicity, age and denominational background, will continue to grow together, and that they will enjoy increasing fellowship throughout the week – not just on the Lord’s day. Pray too that the congregation will increase in their evangelistic focus.
Living Hope OPC has been in its new location on the main corner in Beamsville for about a month. Praise God for this new worship location, which is in in a youth center. Pastor Doug Bylsma is involved in the ministry of the youth center. A coffee shop in the front of the building supports the Christian youth center. Invitations were sent out announcing the new location resulting in twenty visitors at the morning service and sixteen more at the afternoon service. Pray that God will use this prominent location to build his church. Doug recently lead a camping trip for the young people of Living Hope and their mother church, Grace Covenant OPC of Sheffield. The trip capped a season of successful youth group activities. Pray that
Providence OPC in Tulsa Oklahoma began its term of denominational financial support this month as Pastor Jim Stevenson and his family arrived in town. The group, which now numbers in the low 30s met as a Bible study for some time before beginning worship this spring. They now gather in the chapel of a local Christian school for worship each Lord’s Day morning. Pray for wisdom as the congregation considers how to advertise to let people know of their presence. The church already has a website and Facebook page and sermons are posted on Sermonaudio.com. Pray too for both spiritual and numerical growth for this new church plant. Pray for the Stevenson family as they settle into their new home.
In September, the Presbytery of Connecticut and Southern New York approved Trinity Church (OPC)’s petition to become a particular congregation. Pastor Benjamin Miller is thankful for a cohesive group from the beginning of the mission work. He reports that the congregation enjoys good fellowship, which was seen at two summer feasts. Pray with the congregation that they will be able to turn these fellowship times “inside-out” using them as opportunities to invite the lost to meet the church. Attendance at worship now averages about 85 people. Praise God that five people recently joined the congregation, two new families have been attending regularly, and giving has been strong. Pray that the congregation will continue to grow and that efforts
Praise God with Fremont OPC that three covenant children professed faith and were welcomed into full communion this past summer. Pastor Vern Picknally reports that the congregation again saw many visitors over the summer months. Pray that the Lord would bring more local visitors, and that the body will be faithful in reaching out to the lost. After a summer break, a new year of Sunday School and catechism classes has begun. Four men are regularly participating in a leadership class, which is nearing completion. Pray with the congregation that the Lord will raise up elders and deacons in the near future. Please pray for two expectant mothers (both due in January). Pray too that the Lord would continue to bless the congregation through the