As Trinity OPC comes to the end of its period of denominational financial support, new people have been visiting worship. Pastor David Robbins reports that there was at least one new face almost every Sunday in November and December, and some have returned. Pray that God will continue to bring new visitors. Pastor Robbins leads a Bible study for about 8 students on the campus of Marshall University. Pray for the students’ efforts to organize as an official student group, which would offer greater access to the campus at a reduced cost. The Fall Bible Conference with Dr. Alan Strange did not bring in many visitors, but it was enriching for the members who attended. Pray that God will bless preparations for further outreach efforts, using
Cornerstone OPC’s current meeting facility is adequate, but “we’d be squeezed if we add three or four new families,” says Pastor Robert Arendale. A fair number of new visitors have attended worship in recent months, and several families have expressed interest in membership. Praise God for his goodness, and pray that he will continue to bring new families. Pray that the Lord will bless the sermon series on Philippians, and a Sunday school class on the prayers of the Bible. A monthly prayer meeting is being held, and a men’s prayer breakfast is being planned. Pray for wisdom as plans are laid out for evangelism efforts throughout the coming year.
Volunteers from several OP churches have begun the demolition phase of a manse renovation project. Another team plans to work on the construction phase of the project in the coming weeks. When finished, Pastor Jay Bennett and his family will have more living space in their apartment above the worship space of Neon Reformed Presbyterian Church. OPC Short Term Missions (http://opcstm.org) lists opportunities for future work on the building as well. Pray that God will continue to provide for the renovation of the building. When Pastor Bennett arrived last February, he began praying that God would add two households to the congregation by the end of the year. God answered that prayer by September, and he is already answering the prayer for two
Omega OPC saw new visitors nearly every week in 2012, and some regular visitors worship with the congregation. Pastor Drew Adcock reports that visitors from the neighborhood have also attended several events held by the congregation. Most recently, several people from outside the church attended a December open house that featured food and Christmas carols. A piano concert is planned in the coming months with hopes to reach people throughout the Williamsport area. Please pray that many will come to Omega as a result of these efforts. Pray also that leaders will be raised up for this congregation. The facility that Omega rents isn’t ideal for Sunday school. Pray that God will provide someone in the congregation with zeal to lead the effort
Seven people have recently expressed interest in joining Christ Covenant OPC, and visitors are coming to worship. Praise God for this growth, and pray that more visitors will attend worship regularly. While a sale does not appear to be imminent, the Lutheran church building that the congregation is renting is on the market. The lease runs through March. Pray for wisdom for the congregation as they make decisions regarding their meeting place. Pastor Brandon Wilkins reports that the congregation volunteers at a local food pantry once a month, and has a worship service at a local nursing home several times a year. The adult Sunday school class is studying the book Two Ways to Live. Pray that this training will equip members of Christ Covenant