While the growth is slow, word of the faithful preaching at Pleasant Mountain OPC continues to spread in this small town about one hour north of Portland, ME. Pray that still more people will hear about this faithful congregation and come to worship. Pastor Tim Beauchamp reports that the group is continuing to grow in unity and in its understanding of what it takes to become a particularized church. Since many in the group are new to the OPC, he is preparing to teach an adult Sunday school course using the How to Plant an Orthodox Presbyterian Church manual. A recent “Prayer and Praise” event held at the home of a member was well attended and encouraging to the members. Please pray for the growing children’s ministry in this congregation
Seasoned pastor Stephen Doe, coming from Bethel OPC in Fredericksburg, VA, doesn’t officially start as Regional Home Missionary for the Presbytery of the Mid Atlantic until next week, but he’s already getting his feet wet at Virginia Beach. He’s “really thankful to be able to work with Lacey Andrews” (RHM of the Presbytery of the Southeast). The two have been collaborating on a twice-monthly Bible study in the Virginia Beach/Tidewater area. Please pray for a sense of commitment and connection to develop within the group, and that local leaders would emerge. Pray too for wisdom and contacts as he explores possibilities in Richmond, VA and in Maryland, and seeks church planting opportunities along the I-95 corridor.
During the hot summer months Evangelist Bill Welzien takes the opportunity to visit other Orthodox Presbyterian churches. He recently spent time with the congregations in Wilmington and Middletown Delaware. But he doesn’t travel for the entire summer. Back in Key West, he continues to preach the gospel at Mallory Square three nights a week. After more than 25 years, these presentations still lead to substantive conversations with both vacationers and with those who perform on the pier. Earlier this summer a group from Falls OPC in Menomonee Falls, Wis. traveled to Key West. Youth group members learned Bill’s Tabletop Evangelism technique and had the opportunity to present the gospel to people on the pier. (Read more about this trip on
The Greater Reading Chinese Church remains small with about 20 people worshiping each week. In addition to their small size, the members of the group do not have a long Christian Heritage. Please pray that the Lord will work in the hearts of these first-generation Christians, and that they will grow in their understanding of the gospel. Four new people came to both Bible study and worship recently and asked for English Bibles. They are recent college graduates teaching English for one year before returning to China. Pray that they will attend regularly and will be both blessed by the group and be a blessing to it. Pray too that the Lord will give Pastor Jonathan Peters wisdom to effectively minister cross-culturally.
Pastor Christopher Chelpka has been actively using the Internet for outreach. Covenant OPC’s Facebook page is used to keep people informed. He made ten contacts by offering free ESV Bibles on Craigslist. Sermons are posted on Sermon Audio.com, so they may be heard by people getting to know Covenant OPC. There have been some obstacles to a Bible study at the University of Arizona, but plans are being made for the fall semester. Please pray that God will open doors for a Bible study to be held on the university campus. Praise the Lord that three covenant children are taking a communicate membership class. Pray that more people will attend the evening worship service.