RHM Bruce Hollister is now in his eighth month of service for the Presbytery of the Midwest (soon to be constituted as two new presbyteries: Midwest and Wisconsin & Minnesota). Bruce has enjoyed an immediate and fruitful connection with the six church planters of the region. Besides traveling to the present mission works to bring encouragement and counsel, and his related oversight labors, he hosts a monthly church planter’s “Roundtable” via Zoom. In this roundtable the church planters discuss various lessons and challenges of ministry, share current ministry needs, and pray together. Bruce’s wife, Sue, hosts a monthly Zoom fellowship for the church planters’ wives in order to cultivate a similar encouragement. Give thanks for the
A slow summer in the desert of Yuma, AZ, is turning into a busy season of ministry. Pastor Jeremy Baker writes, “We definitely enjoyed some down-time the past few months. Now we’re excited to see things get going this fall. We just restarted our Sunday Night Bible Study through Exodus, and Sunday School will begin again in September. Some folks are discussing youth ministry events for the fall. We were once “the church plant with all the kids." Now we have all the teens! Please pray that our efforts to minister to the youth would be fruitful. Another item for prayer: We’re beginning a men’s discipleship study that will meet twice a month. Please pray that men attend, grow in knowledge and love for God and one another, and that this class
I am so excited to report that we were able to purchase a large church building on 1501 E. Third Street, Dayton, OH! The building is a bus stop in the heart of Dayton and along its immigrant corridor (exactly where we desire to do ministry). Will you join us in praising God for opening these doors, and in praying that the building would be used as a tool to advance God’s Kingdom? Also, pray that people will come to our ESL start-up, that our Quran/Bible discussions can move to in-person meetings, and that we can show hospitality to our new neighbors. We also need wisdom in selecting a new name (we can’t be “First Street on Third Street” for much longer). Finally, I just returned from a successful week of training our youth for evangelism at
Writing from The Haven, Pastor Bill Shishko shares, “I continue to be amazed at how the Lord blesses as we go about our ministry sowing the seeds of the gospel. A few weeks ago, in a local restaurant, a young man asked to speak to me after I had read Scripture and prayed with a person I had taken to lunch. He wanted to see if I knew of a good church for him to attend. Because of his work he had just moved to Long Island from Dallas, TX. Of course, I told him about The Haven OPC! I also invited him to dinner at our home. He accepted, and he has been attending The Haven ever since! Praise the Lord! It's always exciting to see what happens when we march forward with the Gospel of Peace. We continue to meet in the OPC in Bohemia’s facility.
Currently, the Presbytery of Philadelphia has just one mission work in Downingtown (served by organizing pastor Greg O'Brien), but a second work in the Doylestown area has been slowly coming together since last summer. Called “Park Church” because it began as an open-air service in a local park, this stable group of around forty people now meets in a Grange building in Plumsteadville. RHM Dave Holmlund leads services most Sunday mornings. This group is working with Living Hope OPC (Allentown, PA) to bring a petition to the September meeting of the presbytery, through which they hope to be recognized as an official mission work. Pray for the Lord to maintain unity and direction for this new ministry, and give thanks that, after many years of