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Heritage OPC is grateful for the Lord’s provision and protection. Pastor Ethan Bolyard shares that they recently lost their rental space, but two churches in the area, including the local PCA congregation, have graciously allowed Heritage to use their sanctuaries. This arrangement is only temporary, and so they continue to look for other options until their new building is ready for use. Please pray for wisdom and zeal as they seek to complete renovations on that building sometime this fall. Pray, too, for discernment as Heritage begins the process toward becoming a particularized congregation. They recently opened nominations for elder and deacon, with hopes that the Lord will raise up men full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit to serve.
Pastor Matthew Cotta writes, “The denomination can give thanks with Pasadena Presbyterian Church that, despite all that is going on, we are experiencing no strife or disunity as is plaguing other congregations. This is truly of the Lord. You can also give thanks that while gathering for indoor public worship has been banned by the principalities and powers here in California, we have been able to gather publicly outdoors for worship. God has blessed California, after all, with a very hospitable climate. It has actually been quite refreshing worshipping outdoors of late. We’ve been worshipping in the backyard of my house (which is providentially quite large for the area and features a nice, shaded car port). We’ve even had visitors come to
Mission Church joins the grateful chorus of many churches excited to be meeting in person for worship. Pastor Ryan Cavanaugh shares the praise that in addition to meeting together for two months, they’ve also had regular visitors who are now ready to take steps towards membership. Praise God! The new semester at Mid-America Reformed Seminary is starting and so Mission has also recently seen some new student visitors. They are planning to do three Christianity Explored home gatherings in different communities in the region in the next twelve months. Please pray for wisdom as they plan these outreaches as well as our powerful Lord to move people to come. Please pray for creativity as they consider outreach in the “new normal.” Continue to
Pastor Brad Peppo writes, “First Street Reformed has been able to meet for in-person worship for the past few months; attendance has not yet returned to pre-COVID numbers, but new folks have been visiting, and several others have begun participating in worship via livestream. The group thanks God for the year of service provided by the family of a ruling elder from their mother church and rejoices in the election of a new ruling elder to take his place at the end of this month. Signs are encouraging for the previous Bible study to be able to resume at one local college campus; the group is praying that studies might resume at two other campuses second semester. A mask mandate has delayed the work’s plans to launch an English as a Second