Michael and Naomi Schout Pastor Mike Schout reports that the Lord has generously provided a wonderful worship space for Grace Fellowship OPC. He opened a door for them at a place called “The Bridge,” a weekday after-school ministry to middle and high school students located on a main street in town. Of the 200 students in the program, 130 have no church home. Pray for Grace Fellowship as they explore ways to partner with this ministry. The church had their evening service launch on Sunday evening, March 17. They had many visitors, several supporters from Harvest OPC, together with the core group. God has been faithful, and the group looks forward to a full launch on Easter Sunday (morning and evening worship). Mike also shares
Bob and Grace Holda Pastor Holda shares that God continues to bless Resurrection Presbyterian Church (RPC) with new members and regular visitors. Bob expects that most of the 12 people in the current membership class will join the church this spring; pray that it would be so! Also cause for praise– two new ministries have developed at the impetus of members’ interest in serving the body: (1) A weekly men’s theology group now gathers at the church on a weekday afternoon to study reformed doctrine. (2) Grace Holda is leading a one-time event: A Women’s Missionary Support Night in April. The women and young ladies of the church will gather at the church to enjoy a time of fellowship where they will hear some updates
Matt and Lois Cotta Matt Cotta is excited to share a new weekly outreach ministry happening in Pasadena. This past Friday the Pasadena OPC Outreach and Evangelism Committee began a prayer ministry at the Monrovia Street Fair. Starting at 6pm, Pastor Cotta and a half dozen church volunteers set up a table on the sidewalk with a banner that read “FREE PRAYER”. Matt reports that their first night went quite well. They met about two dozen people, many of whom were professing Christians, but not all. They prayed with all of them, shared the Gospel, and had some good conversations. They also passed out a lot of flyers about the church and “Ultimate Questions” tracts. A few people told them they would be visiting the church in the
Larry and Kalynn Oldaker Grace Fellowship held joint worship services on a Sunday morning in February and March with Firelands Grace Church, an independent church that has discovered reformed theology and the OPC. This church of many younger families and led by a lay-pastor comes from a Pentecostal background but had already begun to adopt reformed theology and reformed principles of worship. The lay-pastor contacted Larry Oldaker late last year responding to Grace Fellowship’s outreach efforts and seeking his help to disciple them. After regular monthly discussions and expressing a desire to join the OPC by seeking membership in Grace Fellowship OPC, Pastor Larry Oldaker started weekly membership classes in March. Some twenty people are
Lowell and Mae Ivey Reformation Presbyterian Church (RPC) continues to be blessed by the Lord and hopes to organize this summer. Equally exciting, their Yorktown Bible study has now officially become a mission work of RPC, with worship services to begin Easter Sunday. Please pray for a new discipleship ministry starting soon geared toward Regent University students. Pray as well for the salvation of a Muslim family to whom the Ivey’s are ministering. The husband and wife are caring for the wife’s sister, who has brain cancer. The Ivey’s gave them two copies of the Bible in Arabic and they’ve visited the church. Another man, who has been coming to worship for some time, recently showed up in tears. He told Lowell, “I’m addicted to drugs.