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Spring 2015 OBF Conference

Dear OBF members and friends,
You and your church are invited to the 2015 Spring Ohio Bible Fellowship Conference hosted by Greencastle Bible Church on April 17-18, 2015.
Speakers
Dr Steve PettitOur speaker will be Dr. Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University. Pettit received a BS in Business Administration from The Citadel in 1978 and a MA in Pastoral Studies from BJU in 1980. Prior to being elected BJU president, he served for 29 years in evangelism, conducting over 800 campaigns throughout the United States and preaching in over 21 countries. Additionally, Pettit has served in various other roles including director of a college student outreach ministry, camp director, and youth pastor. He and his wife, Terri, have four children.
Crystal McAllister, wife of Pastor Joel McAllister (Greencastle Bible Church), will speak to the ladies on Friday, and Tricia Richardson, missionary to China, will speak on Saturday.
Schedule
Friday, April 17
1:30 P.M.             Welcome and prayer
2:00 P.M.             Men’s Business Meeting/Ladies’ Session with Crystal McAllister
3:30 P.M.             Fellowship Break
4:00 P.M.             Dr. Steve Pettit
5:00 P.M.             Dinner at the church
7:00 P.M.             Dr. Steve Pettit
Saturday, April 18
8:30 A.M.             Prayer
9:00 A.M.             Dr. Steve Pettit
10:00 A.M.          Fellowship Break
10:30 A.M.          Men’s Business Meeting/Ladies’ Session with Tricia Richardson
11:30 A.M.          Q&A with Dr. Pettit
12:30 P.M.           Dismissal
Flyers
A flyer is available here to promote the conference at your church.
Meals & Lodging
Greencastle Bible Church will be providing dinner on Friday night at the church.
Contact Pastor Charles Flesher at cflesher @ insight.rr.com or (614) 209-4556 if you have questions about lodging. Some lodging is available with church families, and you are also welcome to make reservations at an area hotel. Best Western, 6323 Prentis School Place, Canal Winchester, OH is a nice place to stay with a free breakfast. Several rooms are available at a discounted rate (available until April 13). Mention the conference for a special rate.
The fellowship of God’s people in prayer and encouragement from God’s Word provides needed refreshment. I hope you will plan to attend.

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

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

 

 

News from OBF Churches, February 25, 2014

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

Eastside Community Bible Church, Cincinnati, Pastor Nathaniel Pringle

  • Praise the Lord for great services this Sunday with Bryan Bell and family, executive director of Grace Dental and Medical Missions.
  • We praise the Lord for a very good start this weekend on preparing our new space for occupancy. Floors are nearly prepped, and some walls have been started!
  • One of our ladies will be starting some evangelistic Bible studies. Pray for the success of the gospel.
  • Pray that we will be prepared for and effective in outreach as the weather begins to turns warmer.
  • We will be going through the new member class “Foundations” with some of our people in the next few weeks. Pray this will be a profitable study and give the necessary understanding regarding what membership means

Fayette Bible Church, Pastor Tony Garren

  • Our Young at Heart Group will be having a Valentine Banquet on Feb 22. The Brian Holloway family will minister to us (Brian teaches music in our school).
  • We are also replacing and updating our heating and air condition units so that we can monitor them through internet and hopefully save some money.
  • March 23 we will have the Shepherds Home ministry in our evening service.

Greencastle Bible Church, Pastors Charles Flesher and Paul Martin

  • On March 2 during the evening service we will have a Peniel Bible Camp rally with Izaac VanderSchel, the OBF camp program director
  • We will have our annual Winter Banquet during the evening service of March 9

Middlefield Bible Church, Pastor John Howard

  • The Lord has given good opportunities for gospel witness lately. Please pray for fruit from these efforts.

Morrow Bible Church, Pastors Marvin Gassman and Stephen Howard

Orwell Bible Church, Pastor Dan Greenfield

  • We will have a mid-winter fellowship this coming Friday at the Colebrook Community Center from 6–9 p.m. Pray for good fellowship and opportunities to minister the gospel to unbelievers.
  • On March 5 our building committee will be meeting with officials from Orwell Village to request water and sewer services. As our property is not in the village this would be a huge help and blessing; please pray for this provision.

Westerville Bible Church, Pastors Paul Hamilton and Mark Perry

  • Please continue in prayer for the Westerville Area Academic Assistance, our free tutoring ministry to area students. Cards. A final approval for our addition to a website list needs to be granted. Cards are available to pass out and post in public places.
  • Patti Perry had surgery last week; pray for continued for healing.

Sermons from February 23, 2014

News from OBF Churches, February 11, 2014

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

Eastside Community Bible Church, Cincinnati, Pastor Nathaniel Pringle

  • We will be signing the lease this week. Pray that we will be able to finish the work necessary to occupy it in an efficient manner.
  • $300 of the needed $3000 for the chairs has come in. Email Pastor Pringle for more information.
  • Thankful for a good congregation even with a decent snow falling Sunday morning.

Fayette Bible Church, Pastor Tony Garren

  • Our gym is almost completed the first phase. We are working on the restrooms and hopefully get those completed by the end of March. Second phase is the platform and locker rooms. Re-enrollment begins for next school year; please pray for students.
  • The church has lost a dear saint, Dr. Thomas J Hancock passed away last week. He was a charter member and a wonderful inspiration for all who knew him.
  • We are also starting an adopt-a-missionary program for our members so that we can do a better job keeping up with the missionaries that we support.

Greencastle Bible Church, Pastors Charles Flesher and Paul Martin

  • Linda Flesher went to be with the Lord last Thursday. Her memorial service is this coming Saturday, February 15 at Greencastle. Visitation is at 9 A.M. and the service at 10:45.
  • This coming Sunday night, February 16, we will have our annual Winter Banquet during the evening service.

Morrow Bible Church, Pastors Marvin Gassman and Stephen Howard

  • Our annual Adult Banquet will be Saturday, February 22, with Pastor Steve Spence from Grace Bible Church in Avella, PA preaching.
  • We will have evangelistic meetings next month with Mark Kittrell preaching. Pastor Kittrell will speak at a Men’s Fellowship (to be held at Der Dutchman Restaurant, Bellville) and at a youth activity on Saturday, March 15th. Special services will be Sunday-Wednesday, March 16-19. Pray that we would be diligent in inviting lost people to the meetings, that there would be lost people present at the meetings, and that the Lord would use Mark Kittrell’s ministry in our church.

Pray for these pastors and churches, that the Lord would encourage them, build them up, and glorify Himself through them—

Sermons from February 9, 2014

News from OBF Churches, February 4, 2014

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

Eastside Community Bible Church, Cincinnati, Pastor Nathaniel Pringle

  • Praise: Announced yesterday that we will be moving forward on the lease space.
  • Praise: Good spirit of unity and encouraging fellowship throughout the day.
  • Request: Several from the church are dealing with challenging health issues.
  • Request: Three of our young ladies have significant decisions regarding next year.
  • Request: Pray for Jake Swanson as he fills the pulpit for the AM service next week (in anticipation of Baby Pringle’s arrival).
  • Chairs will be needed for meeting at the new location, estimating around $3000. Email Pastor Pringle for more information.

Faith Bible Church, Bellevue, Pastor Ralph Flynn

  • An online news site for Bellevue will start soon, and the publisher has an article on Faith Bible in the first issue. Pray for fruit from this!

Greencastle Bible Church, Pastors Charles Flesher and Paul Martin

  • Continue to pray for Pastor and Linda Flesher during her struggle with cancer.
  • Sunday night, February 16 we will have our annual Winter Banquet during the evening service.

Middlefield Bible Church, Pastor John Howard

  • We’ve had three inquiries from our church website since Christmas! Praise the Lord, and pray as well that these inquiries would result in visits to our church.
  • Praise the Lord for a couple that the Lord has sent to greatly encourage us in our ministry in Middlefield.
  • Praise the Lord that even though we have older people, most everyone showed up on one of the coldest Sundays of the year—last week!
  • Praise the Lord that our church has a monthly service at Briarhill Nursing Home in Middlefield, and the Lord has burdened two of our couples to conduct it.

Graydon Cox has a Bible study at a nursing home on Tuesday evenings.

Sermons from February 2, 2014

News from OBF Churches, January 27, 2014

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

Eastside Community Bible Church, Pastor Nathaniel Pringle

  • Praise the Lord for visitors in recent services, 29 in attendance
  • Our congregational meeting went very well last week and I have followed up individually with all but one family (thinking I will hear from them today). There is a strong unity toward moving forward with the lease. The owner is finalizing a few details with the county in preparation. Probably will sign the lease in the next week or two.
  • Chairs will be needed for meeting at the new location, with an estimated cost of about $3000. Contact Pastor Pringle for more information.

Greencastle Bible Church, Pastors Charles Flesher and Paul Martin

  • Continue to pray for Pastor and Linda Flesher during her struggle with cancer.
  • Sunday night, February 16 we will have our annual Winter Banquet during the evening service.

Morrow Bible Church, Pastors Marvin Gassman and Stephen Howard

Orwell Bible Church, Pastor Dan Greenfield

  • We recently purchased land for a future church building. Pray for wisdom and provision (you can see a picture of it in relation to Orwell here).
  • Our theme for this year is “Following Christ and Filling His House,” based on Luke 9:23 and 14:23.

Westerville Bible Church, Pastors Paul Hamilton and Mark Perry

  • Pray for fruit from our Monday evening classes on the gospel, “God’s Answers to Your Questions
  • WBC will begin a free tutoring ministry on Thursday evenings; pray for opportunities to share the gospel through this

Sermons from January 26, 2014