Thursday, February 28, 2013

Prayer update - February 28, 2013

For more information about our presbytery, please visit our website.

Featured Church/Mission: Church of the Redeemer (profile), Manchester, New Hampshire (Pastor Jon Taylor)
1. We praise God that, in spite of significant conflict in 2012 and the loss of four core families, we ended 2012 with growth in both giving and attendance and are experiencing greater peace and unity than we have ever had at CTR (not to mention the Lord's provision of a physical home of our own). God is good!
2. We praise God for the commitment of the presbytery to our purity, peace, health and growth.
3. Please pray for three men who are nominated for office and two others who are taking leadership training, that out of these men the Lord would raise up more leaders to take CTR into the future.
4. We are starting a youth group in March. Please pray for our pastoral intern Brian Phillips as he leads this ministry, and for fruit both in discipleship at CTR and outreach in our city through it.
5. Pray for God's leading in reaching our new neighborhood, in part through an Explorer Camp July 22-26 in partnership with Covenant PCA in Birmingham, AL.

Featured Potential Church Planting Site: Montpelier, Vermont (profile)
1. Pray for the work of God’s Spirit among the people of Vermont’s capital city. 
2. Pray for the leaders of the Vermont government including Governor Peter Shumlin.
3. Pray for God’s blessing upon the church in northern Vermont.

Featured Potential College Ministry Site: University of Maine (profile), Orono, Maine
1. Pray for the students, faculty, and staff at the main campus of the University of Maine as they make their way through this long spring semester; and for the town of Orono.
2. Pray for the campus ministries at the University of Maine, including Campus Crusade for Christ, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Navigators, and the Maine Christian Association.

MNA Committee work:
RUF/University of Vermont: Continue to pray for the new RUF/UVM ministry. In particular:
1. Pray for John and Megan as they continue to build relationships with students and faculty at UVM.
2. Pray particularly for Hannah and Jesse; that God would grant them faith, and that fruit would be borne through the developing relationship.
3. Pray for the community group/Bible study that meets in the Meinen's home on Thursday night; that everyone involved would experience a deepening of love for and trust in Jesus Christ.
4. Pray that God would pave the way for RUF to meet on the campus of UVM for free in the fall.
Herb Shipman: Please continue to pray for Herb as he serves the dairy farmers of northern Vermont; that God would grant him strength and grace in the midst of his daily physical sufferings and challenges.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Prayer update - February 14, 2013

For more information about our presbytery, please visit our website.

Featured Church/Mission: Faith Presbyterian Church (profile), Lancaster, New Hampshire (Pastor Mike Kooy)
1. Praise God for a couple who has recently been attending our church and are pursing membership by attending our inquirers class. Also, praise God for another family in the process of transferring their membership to our church.
2. We thank the Lord for his financial provision for our church in 2012. We were not able to meet our budget but had enough in our reserves to cover the budget shortfall. Please pray for the Lord to provide for us again in 2013. Also, pray for those in our church who are unemployed or under-empolyed and are seeking work .
3. Please pray for the members of our church to encourage and help those in our church who have recently suffer from various health problems.
4. Pray that the Lord would strength us as body to encourage one another in the faith and to continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
5. Pray that the Lord would continue to draw people to himself in our community and that our church would be salt and light here in northern New Hampshire.

Featured Potential Church Planting Site: seacoast of southern Maine (profile links below)
1. Pray for the people of Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard Beach, located south of Portland on the Atlantic coast. 
2. Pray for the reformation of the church in this region and for the raising up of those who would be involved in planting a PCA church in these communities.

Featured Potential College Ministry Site: University of Southern Maine (profile), Portland, Maine (main campus)
1. Pray for the students, faculty, and staff of University of Southern Maine, part of Maine public university system, as they conclude the academic year.
2. Pray for the involvement of members of Christ the Redeemer Presbyterian (PCA) on campus and for the work of Campus Crusade for Christ and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.

MNA Committee work:
RUF/University of Vermont: Continue to pray for the new RUF/UVM ministry. In particular:
1. Please pray for UVM students going back to school. Pray that God would bless them this semester. Pray that the education they are receiving, the friendships they are making, and the experiences they are experiencing would equip them to do good work both now in college and beyond.
2. Pray that students would remember UVM as a place where they heard the gospel preached and saw its truths lived out in love.
3. Pray that God would give the Meinen's new relationships with students and pray that He would strengthen the relationships they already have.
4. Pray that God would build the RUF ministry at UVM.
5. Pray that God would build his Church here in Burlington—for His glory and for the benefit of those inside and outside the Church.
6. Pray for other campus ministries at UVM. Pray that they would faithfully minister to the students whom God has entrusted to their care.
7. Pray for Megan and John, as their faith always needs strengthening; their hope, deepening; their love, incarnating.
Herb Shipman:
1. Pray for continued fruitful ministry among the dairy farmers of Northern Vermont.
2. Pray for strength and physical well-being for Herb.