The Lord has continued to bless Yuma OPC throughout the summer. Since the middle of May, the congregation has been meeting in person, though live-streamed services are ongoing. On average, about 30 people attend in person and 30 attend online. The Lord has also added to Yuma’s number. A family of five (year-round residents!) joined in June and another couple has been attending regularly for the last two months. Pastor Jeremy Baker shares, “our God continues to sustain us, but we are definitely missing each other. For the most part, the only church activity we have had for the last several months has been morning worship. The saints miss being together. We are hoping to begin two small group Bible studies in September. Please pray that these
Pastor Andrew Canavan writes, “From a human perspective, 2020 has been an unexpected year for all churches, and Corona OPC is no exception. But we are thankful that this year does not take our Lord by surprise and that he lavishly gives wisdom and provision when we ask. We have been meeting for worship outdoors since mid-July due to the state government’s restriction on indoor services. In God’s providence, we have an ideal location and all the equipment needed to make this happen. Please pray for good weather on Sunday mornings: holding outdoor worship during the summer in a desert climate can get warm. Praise the Lord for visitors who have stayed including members of sister churches who are new to the area. Since the beginning of the
Regional Home Missions Coordinator Mike Diercks organized an evangelism conference entitled “God’s Sovereignty and Everyday, Ordinary Encounters” with Rev. Eric Hausler (Christ the King OPC - Naples, FL) as the keynote speaker. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference was shifted from onsite to online. Over 50 attendees from 8 churches tuned in, learned, and interacted with Rev. Hausler. These presentations were recorded and uploaded to the Presbytery of Ohio’s website (pohopc.org; see “Conference”). Mike also created a study questionnaire to complement the conference. Recently, Mike launched a YouTube channel where he will do a monthly 3-5 minute interview with a different presbytery church planter. These videos can be shared
Heritage OPC is grateful for the Lord’s provision and protection. Pastor Ethan Bolyard shares that they recently lost their rental space, but two churches in the area, including the local PCA congregation, have graciously allowed Heritage to use their sanctuaries. This arrangement is only temporary, and so they continue to look for other options until their new building is ready for use. Please pray for wisdom and zeal as they seek to complete renovations on that building sometime this fall. Pray, too, for discernment as Heritage begins the process toward becoming a particularized congregation. They recently opened nominations for elder and deacon, with hopes that the Lord will raise up men full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit to serve.
Pastor Matthew Cotta writes, “The denomination can give thanks with Pasadena Presbyterian Church that, despite all that is going on, we are experiencing no strife or disunity as is plaguing other congregations. This is truly of the Lord. You can also give thanks that while gathering for indoor public worship has been banned by the principalities and powers here in California, we have been able to gather publicly outdoors for worship. God has blessed California, after all, with a very hospitable climate. It has actually been quite refreshing worshipping outdoors of late. We’ve been worshipping in the backyard of my house (which is providentially quite large for the area and features a nice, shaded car port). We’ve even had visitors come to