Gateway OPC is still recovering from the loss of four large families to out-of-state moves, but three families have been interviewed for membership and will join the church soon. Rev. Todd Wagenmaker reports that visitors to Gateway seem to come in waves, and for the last few months, there have not been many new visitors. Still God has provided some regular visitors, including teachers from the classical Christian school where Todd formerly served as headmaster and an international student from Washington University who has come faithfully since the beginning of the semester, often bringing friends. Pray that God will send new visitors. Give thanks for generous giving for local needs and to the Thank Offering. Pray for God’s leading
Praise God that Redeemer OPC in Airdrie Alberta is able to conclude its denominational program of financial support earlier than was scheduled. About 120 people attend morning worship each week, and the finances are very stable. Pastor Larry Wilson is leading a membership class with 8 young people, and is meeting with several adults who have expressed interest in professing their faith. The Lord has granted increasing unity of mind and spirit within the body, and those from non-Reformed backgrounds have been increasingly embracing the Reformed faith. Officer training will begin soon with the goal of having officers installed in the fall of 2013. Pray that God will provide a more adequate meeting facility. Praise the Lord that Larry’s recent
Trinity Presbyterian Church was received by the Presbytery of Southern California in May, and since July about 25 people have gathered for public worship each Lord’s Day at Palisades Elementary School in Capistrano Beach. This is on the coast in south Orange County. Pastor Jonathan Moersch reports that four families recently joined the church and several people are visiting regularly. While a few in the group have been in other OP churches, many are new to the OPC. Give thanks with this new group that they are able to meet for worship after meeting as a Bible study for eighteen months. Give thanks, too, for stable finances. Pray that God will send more visitors. Pray also for wisdom as the Moersches consider options for moving closer to the
Rev. John S. Shaw has been called as the new general secretary of the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension. He expects to begin his service in March 2013. John is the founding pastor of Mission Orthodox Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he has served since 2006. He has served as a member of the denominational Committee on Home Missions since 2008, where he is chairman of the Church Planting Subcommittee. He will replace retiring general secretary, Rev. Ross W. Graham, who has served in that position since 1990. John has been a member of several OP mission works both as a child and as an adult. In 1995, he graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and entered a career in politics, including
When Jeremiah Montgomery took the call to serve as organizing pastor of Resurrection OPC in State College, Pennsylvania, he and his family were living about 45 miles away in Hollidaysburg, Pa. They put their house on the market in February and are well past the 180-day average time on the market. Though prospective buyers have looked at the house, it has not yet sold. Please pray that the house will sell soon.