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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, 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, March 26, 2014

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

Bucyrus Bible Church, Pastor David Layton

  • Pray for the spread of the Word in our area
  • Pray that believers would be faithful to the Lord and committed to the church
  • David works at a local school; pray for a good testimony and open doors for ministry

Eastside Community Bible Church, Pastor Nathaniel Pringle

This week, we are finishing the new space and plan to meet there on Sunday. Please pray for the following as we make these final preparations:

  • Smooth coverage of the last minute details
  • Chairs to arrive on time
  • Continued grace for serving among our members
  • Continued ability to do things none of us have done before!
  • An encouraging and blessed initial service in our new church

Middlefield Bible Church, Pastor John Howard

  • Pray for Pastor Howard as he goes on visitation on Thursday evenings.
  • The Middlefield area has the fourth largest Amish community in the world. Pray that they would repent of relying on their self-righteousness and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

Morrow Bible Church, Pastors Marvin Gassman and Stephen Howard

  • We held evangelistic meetings March 16-19 with Mark Kittrell preaching. Pray for fruit from the Word of God.

Orwell Bible Church, Pastor Dan Greenfield

  • We praise the Lord that Orwell Village has agreed to extend water and sewer services to our property. Pray that the Lord would help us as we work through this process.

Westerville Bible Church, Pastors Paul Hamilton and Mark Perry

  • WBC is attempting to launch a new ministry geared to parents and students.   We will be offering a free tutoring service with intent to give a clear witness to the parents as their children are receiving academic assistance.   Presently we are passing out information cards to local businesses and hope to get permission to post these cards in local schools.
  • Graydon Cox continues to have a Bible study with a neighbor family and at a nursing home.
  • Roger Vogel holds a Bible study at a condo in Columbus on Tuesdays.

The Spring Conference of the Ohio Bible Fellowship is April 11-12—

  • Hosted by Fayette Bible Church, Washington Court House
  • Speaker is Evangelist Mike Manor
  • Conference Theme: “Reaching Our Communities for Christ”
  • Two Ladies’ Sessions with Mrs. Lynn Garren
  • Special session on charismaticism by Pastor Mark Perry
  • 10 rooms are blocked off at the Holiday Inn & Express for $92.99 plus tax (normal rate is $104.99). You must make your reservation by April 1.
  • Housing with church families is available

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 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