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OBF News–Special Service for Pastor Marvin Gassman

gassmansAt the end of this year Pastor Marvin Gassman, who started Morrow Bible Church, will be stepping down as Senior Pastor. Current Assistant Pastor Stephen Howard will become the new Senior Pastor.

On Sunday, December 14, Morrow Bible Church will take time during the morning service (10:45 am) to thank the Lord for Pastor and Mrs. Gassman’s ministry and honor them for their years of service. A potluck dinner will follow the service. Others are welcome to join the church for this special occasion.

The church is located at 423 County Road 204, Centerburg, Ohio 43011.

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, 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, March 12, 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 had 28 folks, all regulars, on Sunday. I think this is the first time that we’ve had the majority of our regular attenders at the same time!
  • We passed our rough inspection and only need to hang and finish the drywall to get final approval and our occupancy permit.
  • Please pray for one of the ladies in our church. Thursday will be the one year mark of her husband’s death.
  • The Lord is granting a good spirit among the people as we work through decisions and prepare to move into the space. Pray for continued unity and enthusiasm as we transition.

Morrow Bible Church, Pastors Marvin Gassman and Stephen Howard

Peniel Bible Camp

  • Praise:  Sale of a piece of unneeded electrical equipment for over $3,000.  This will be used towards the Program Director’s House.
  • Prayer:  We’re hosting a work team from Beth Haven Baptist Church (Simpsonville, SC) this week. If you’d like to join them in hanging dry wall, completing the basement of the VanderSchel’s new home, or working on a ceiling project in the lake front cabins, please let us know. We’d be happy to house you and feed you during your stay. To get more information, please contact pdirector@obf.net.

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 has a Bible study with a neighbor family, including a recording for a daughter in Zanesville, met on Sunday, March 2. He also had a Bible class at the Country View Nursing and Rehab Center, near Sunbury, on March 4.
  • Roger Vogel holds a Bible study at a condo in Columbus on Tuesdays.

Sermons from March 9, 2014

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, 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