Please join us in welcoming The Haven, OPC to denominational support this month. Pastor Bill Shishko writes: “We are thankful to begin 2020 with the prayers and financial support of the OPC through the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension. The Haven, OPC began as a home Bible study a year ago. In April 2019 we began a weekly Lord’s Day worship service in theexcellent facility of Ascension Lutheran Church, which is located right in the heart of Deer Park. The Lord has been so good to us thus far. We especially rejoice in the professions of faith and baptisms of a Chinese High School exchange student and of a Jewish woman. Both of the baptized children were adopted by an interracial couple. So we are thrilled to be growing as a
“We give thanks for the blessings of the Lord upon the ministry here in Mifflintown.” Pastor Ron Beabout reports that Grace and Truth has seen increased attendance, in the morning service especially, and also in Sunday School. The men’s and women’s Bible studies are going well. After a wonderful turnout last time, Grace and Truth will host another All-Church Fellowship Evening at the end of the month. Ron is grateful to see growing fellowship within the group. In February, they will look to receive three additional communicant members (and possibly a fourth). Please pray that five new families would join Grace and Truth OPC during 2020. Pray for the session as they plan and then carry out outreach in nearby Lewistown. Pray for new and
In December, Grace Reformed Fellowship joined with the church who owns their building and had a Christmas meal together. Then, a group from the church went Christmas caroling to a couple of local nursing homes in the community and to a few elderly members and widows. Pastor Mike Schout shares that it was beautiful to see the church being the church and enjoying fellowship, outreach, and ministering to the weak and lonely. In January the adult Sunday School class is splitting up into small groups to pray through Grace Fellowship’s mission and vision statements together, asking God to do what only He can do. The church has also been enjoying their small group times, which seek to encourage, support, and equip the church body in evangelism.
Regional Home Missionary Dave Holmlund shares that Home Missions in the Presbytery of Philadelphia could use many prayers as they look for the Lord to open doors in established OPC congregations for daughter church ministries. They also seek open doors in poorly churched communities which sometimes lack Reformed witness through a local congregation despite significant population. Dave continues to work with a small group in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, but it would be a great encouragement to find a second field in which to work as they wait for the Mountain Top group to grow with people in the local community. Pray for God’s blessing upon Christ Church in Downingtown as they encounter the challenges of a church plant involving music,
We give thanks to the Lord that Reformation Presbyterian Church (RPC) became an organized congregation on December 13! Lowell Ivey was called to serve as the pastor and shares that he is both “humbled and thrilled at the privilege of serving this expression of Christ’s body and bride.” The congregation also voted to call officers— one ruling elder and two deacons. Since RPC has seen significant growth in a short period of time, and has begun a daughter mission work (Peninsula Reformed inYorktown, VA) the congregation voted to augment the Session with two other elders: Rev. Lacy Andrews and Rev. Steve Doe.Both of these men have significant church planting experience and will continue to guide the congregation. The Lord has answered many