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Prayer Items from the Fall OBF Conference

The fall conference of the Ohio Bible Fellowship met October 10-11 at Calvary Baptist Church in Willard and Bucyrus Bible Church. Four members gave excellent expositions from Scripture, revolving around the theme of personal holiness.

During these quarterly conferences two sessions devoted to prayer. Praises and prayer requests are given. Here are some items for prayer so that you can continue to pray for the Lord’s work here in Ohio—

Greencastle Bible Church praises the Lord for a new associate pastor, Joel McAllister. He will be moving the rest of his family’s belongings from Greenville, SC this week. Pray for safety. The McAllister’s praise the Lord that they were able to buy a home. Pray for them as they enter this ministry.

Pastor Marvin Gassman (Morrow Bible Church) praises the Lord that his wife Bev did not need back surgery. Prayer is requested for this coming Sunday’s vote to call current assistant pastor Steven Howard to the senior pastor position.

Orwell Bible Church is working to have their land annexed into the Orwell village. Pray also for several unsaved individuals who are regularly coming to services and being ministered to.

Long time OBF member Graydon Cox has been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Pray for he and his wife Dorothy to rest in God’s sustaining grace. The Cox’s were involved in many church plants in Ohio, teaching at the Bible Institute of Ohio, and editing and writing in the Ohio Bible Fellowship Visitor.

Peniel Bible Camp is working to finish the program director’s house. Special needs are skilled laborers for finishing drywall and constructing the fireplace and chimney. $13,000 more is needed to complete the house. You can read specifics and see pictures here.

Pray for Bible Community Church of Mentor as missionary and OBF member Mike Goldfuss serves as interim pastor. Pray for wisdom and unity among the church during this time, and the Lord to provide a new pastor.

Nathaniel Pringle, pastor of Eastside Community Bible Church, praised the Lord for the start up of a new effort to make contacts in their area through Monday coffee breaks. This will run through the month of October.

New OBF member Andy Rupert (from Orwell Bible Church) is conducting a Sunday evening Bible study in his home for area children.

Pastor John Howard of Middlefield Bible Church praised the Lord for contacts as a result of their evangelistic efforts. Pray for the rapid spread of the Word and for spiritual growth among believers.

News from OBF Churches, September 30, 2014

Here is a roundup of news from some Ohio Bible Fellowship churches for prayer and encouragement—

Bible Community Church, Mentor, OH

  • Pray for us as we seek to calm down some programs and just try to sit at Jesus’ feet together and listen.  Things are busy, but we need to soak where soaking is needed.
  • Pray for interim pastor Mike Goldfuss to have wisdom as to what to preach.
  • Pray for the pulpit committee to have wisdom in choosing the next pastor of BCC.
  • Pray for us to have a desire to learn Christ better and deeper.
  • In our SS hour, we are doing a study on the “50 fruits of pride.” We have seen 12 in 4 weeks.  From comments that I’ve heard, we are touching things where we need to recognize our pride, confess it, look to Christ for His strength, and practice humility.  Someone asked if they get an A if they find all 50 in their life.  🙂

Greencastle Bible Church, Pastors Charles Flesher, Paul Martin, and Joel McAllister

  • October 19 will be “Protect and Serve” Sunday
  • During the evening service of October 26 we will have a special service welcoming Joel McAllister and his family

Westerville Bible Church, Pastors Paul Hamilton and Mark Perry

  • Continuing praying for outreach efforts, including the mentoring ministry on Thursdays
  • We concluded our annual missions conference last week, with the Mike Goldfuss and Joe Nicholson families. Sermons are available here.

Ohio Bible FellowshipFall Conference at Calvary Baptist in Willard and Bucyrus Bible Church

  • Pray for those ministering and those hearing God’s Word
  • Pray for safety traveling
  • Pray this would be an instructive, challenging, and encouraging conference

Peniel Bible Camp

Eastside Community Bible Church September 2014 Update

Here is a quick update from Nathaniel Pringle, OBF member and church planter through the Ohio Bible Mission–

  • Pray for the final planning and logistics for our coffee outreach beginning in October. We will be offering free coffee on Mondays from 7-10 am. Our goals include making evangelistic contacts, providing visibility for the church, and engaging together as a body.
  • Pray for a family dealing with a number of challenges to be faithful in coming under the sound of the Word and that the church would be faithful in its ministry to them.
  • We are thankful for the house the Lord has provided us and safety as we went to SC for ordination.

 

 

September 2014 OBF Missionaries Update

Here are a few items for prayer from missionaries who are members of the Ohio Bible Fellowship–

Tom Zartman (Mexico)

1. Pray for the lovely problem of space for people and parking on Sundays.
2. Pray that trials in the lives of believers will accomplish the Lord’s purposes.

Mike GoldfussThe Goldfusses (Mexico)

1. Pray for the church in Mexico as we will be here longer than the 2 1/2 months that we had planned.  The Crockers are filling in for us while we are here.
2. We are here in the USA on an interim basis as Mike is filling in until Bible Community Church can call a pastor. Please pray for this special ministry.

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1. I helped start a prayer time in August with one of the churches we are assisting.  Please pray for this very important time of Christian fellowship and encouragement and that more people will make church prayer a priority in their lives.
2. Over the months of September-December, I will be teaching a 15-week session on Saturday nights covering Genesis 4-50.  We completed our first 15-week session covering Genesis 1-3 in August. Please pray for the Lord to cement these foundational truths and stories in the students minds and hearts.

News from OBF Churches, August 27, 2014

Here is this week’s roundup of news from some Ohio Bible Fellowship churches for prayer and encouragement—

Bible Community Church, Mentor, OH

  • Pray for wisdom and direction as they seek a new pastor. Missionary Mike Goldfuss is serving as interim pastor.
  • Pray for Mentor Christian School, a ministry of BCC, as they begin a new school year

Orwell Bible Church, Pastor Dan Greenfield

Westerville Bible Church, Pastors Paul Hamilton and Mark Perry

  • Pray for outreach efforts, including their mentoring ministry on Thursdays
  • Annual missionary conference is September 24–28, with the Mike Goldfuss (Mexico) and Joe Nicholson (Wales) families ministering.

Peniel Bible Camp

  • Ladies’ Retreat, September 12–13
  • Men’s Retreat, September 19–20
  • Couples’ Retreat, October 3–4

News from OBF Churches, August 19, 2014

Here is this week’s roundup of news from some Ohio Bible Fellowship churches for prayer and encouragement—

Faith Bible Church, Pastor Ralph Flynn

  • We had a great Vacation Bible School July 21–25 and an Academy of Arts Ministry August 6.
  • We are looking forward to having evangelist Dr. Bud Bierman Sept. 26-29 Friday and Saturday at 7:00 PM. Sunday 10:40 AM and 6:00 PM.

Greencastle Bible Church, Pastors Chuck Flesher and Paul Martin

  • On August 3 we unanimously voted to call Joel McAllister as an assistant pastor, and he has accepted. Joel recently finished his Master of Divinity degree from Bob Jones University. He and his wife Crystal have a one year old and are expecting their second child in December. They plan on being at Greencastle October 1, Lord willing. Pray for their transition and the Lord’s blessing on them and Greencastle!

Middlefield Bible Church, Pastor John Howard

  • Praise for a new man attending our Sunday School each week.  He is a direct contact from our door-to-door efforts.
  • Praise for two men in our church who have been going with me on visitation each week.
  • Praise for all the opportunities we have had to share the Gospel with people on their doorsteps this summer.  Some have even prayed the sinner’s prayer.
  • Prayer for follow-up on these and other contacts

 

 

2014 Ohio Bible Fellowship Pastors’ Conference

2013pastorsconfShepherding the flock of God (1 Pet 5:2) brings both tremendous blessings and deep sorrows. You can be troubled, perplexed, resisted, and misrepresented (2 Cor 4:8–9). You can be tempted by the latest ministry fads or give in to just plain laziness.

Each year at Peniel Bible Camp the Ohio Bible Fellowship sponsors a special conference for encouragement, sharpening, mutual fellowship, prayer, and instruction. This year’s conference is June 23–25 and Steve Thomas, pastor of Huron Baptist Church of Flat Rock, MI, will minister the Word to us around the theme of The Glory of the Ministry. Brother Thomas will develop that theme through three messages from 2 Corinthians 2:14–7:2. Additionally, he will present four workshops on the following topics:

  • A Glorious Ministry through Biblical Exposition
  • A Glorious Ministry through a Focused Mission (addressing the increasingly popular idea that social justice is an essential part of ministry, such as promoted by Tim Keller)
  • A Glorious Ministry through Ordered Worship
  • A Glorious Ministry through Discipline

Each workshop will have a set of extensive notes and provide time for discussion. In addition to these notes you will receive several books for your library.

You can access the brochure here for more information, as well as fill out and mail in the registration form. You can also register online here. Bring a pastor friend, another man from your church, or a student preparing for the ministry!

May 2014 OBF Missionaries Update

Here are a few items for prayer from missionaries who are members of the Ohio Bible Fellowship–

  • Pray for a church discipline situation that hasn’t been going very well.
  • Pray for Goldfuss family as they are taking an almost 3-month trip to the States this summer to visit some churches and take our oldest son, Mikey, to BJ.
  • Pray for three individuals I am discipling on a week-to-week basis: Yute, Khame, Run
  • Pray for the beginning of a Saturday night 15-week class covering Genesis 1-3 that we are starting with a church here in Battambang town on May 10

Tom Zartman

  • Pray for the salvation of a young couple.
  • Pray for the Lord’s working in the spiritual, financial, and physical needs of a family.

Eastside Community Bible Church April 2014 Update

Here is this month’s update from Nathaniel Pringle, OBF member and church planter through the Ohio Bible Mission–

Answers to Prayer

Looking through my prayer list this morning afforded a great opportunity to rejoice in multiple answers to prayer. The past two months were filled with constant activity and adjustment as the church transitioned to the new space and our family realigned to life with three children. A brief pause and glance back highlighted God’s grace and goodness.

  • God supplied a space for ECBC to use 24/7
  • God sent gifted people to ECBC to complete the finish work
  • God enabled us to finish 2,500 sq. ft. for less than $7,000
  • God granted a spirit of unity as we worked through decisions
  • God gave us favor with county officials
  • God continues to sustain Lauren’s normal, healthy development (including 5+ hours of sleep every night – which sustains mommy and daddy’s sanity!)

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Getting close!

Getting close!

Nursery

Finished with folding chairs

First Sunday

First Sunday

With the new chairs

With the new chairs

Warmer weather = Opportunities

Living in SC for 15 years (and 34 for Katie), you get used to a brief winter and spring and summer running together – for a long time! This winter the frigid fronts of the North reminded us of the joy of spring. And we are rejoicing in the 60-70 degree days! The warmer weather also opens the door for getting out and making new contacts. Parks are crowded and trails busy. We have 5,000 door hangers on their way, new business/invitation cards, t-shirts, car magnets, and lots of opportunities to talk to people! Pray that God will continue leading us to people hungry for the truth and longing for the satisfaction that comes in Christ alone. Pray that we will be bold in the power of the gospel and compassionate for those heading to eternity apart from Christ. We are particularly burdened for the neighbors on either side of us and our landlord. God continues to open doors of opportunity to speak for Him. Pray that He will open their hearts to what Christ has done for them.

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Refining our message

Outreach happens through the week as each member of ECBC takes the gospel of Jesus Christ into the everyday responsibilities of life. The church exists to edify believers and worship the God Who saved us through Jesus Christ. As a church plant, keeping the balance of wanting folks to come to church and maintaining what the church is for can be challenging. Our desire is to see many come into the church because they have accepted Christ as their Savior and desire to obediently follow Him and participate in the building of His body. At the same time, we recognize that there are many people who believe in Christ, but have not found a church that consistently nourishes believers through the committed proclamation of God’s Word. This year, our publicity material describes what we do at church: “Delivering God’s Truth to God’s People by Unfolding God’s Word.” We pray that God will use this to strike a cord in the hearts of those looking for a place that seeks to be the “pillar and buttress of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). At the same time, we are striving by God’s grace to carry out our 2014 theme – “Inviting People to Christ.” Pray that we will continue to be effective on both fronts.

Invitation Card

Family

Everyone seems to be doing very well as Spring arrives. Emmaline and Gracyn enjoy playing outside hours on end. Lauren really likes daddy’s attention as evidenced by the huge grins. Katie continues to do an exceptional job managing the wife/mom/teacher/pastor’s wife roles. We are thankful to have been spared any major illness this winter.

three girls

As always, your prayers are much coveted. Along with continued outreach, we need to be faithful in shepherding the flock that God has assembled so far. Daily wisdom, diligence, compassion, and endurance are necessary to fulfill the calling given by the Great Shepherd of our souls.

Thank you for partnering with us for the sake of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.

April 2014 OBF Missionaries Update

Here are a few items for prayer from missionaries who are members of the Ohio Bible Fellowship–

Tom Zartman: Pray for new opportunities and contacts in the next months.  Pray for the salvation of a family.

Mike Goldfuss: Upcoming ladies’ brunch–April 12th.  The ladies are busy inviting friends, family, and coworkers. 

Chris Seawright: New work with an existing church in Battambang town that has recently ask me to function as temporary pastor.  Pray for wisdom and great patience with this.