Help Refurbish New Hampshire Church Building: Sept.-Oct. 2014

Fall Foliage for New Hampshire post
Published on July 23, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (July 2014)   Individuals or teams are needed this fall to help Providence Presbyterian Church, an OPC mission work in Lebanon, New Hampshire, refresh and remodel its newly acquired church building! Jobs include: Painting Yard work Tree pruning / removal Light plumbing General cleaning Dates: The best time for workers to schedule their visit is between September 20th and October 18th, 2014. New England Foliage: These dates conveniently fall during the beautiful New England autumn leaf season!  You may want to combine a fall foliage road trip with your labors!  Check out Yankee Foliage website for ideas! Contact: Those interested in helping are asked to contact Organizing Pastor Tim Herndon directly for complete details! Rev. Timothy G. Herndon Email: tim@providencenh.org ... Continue

Boardwalk Chapel 2014 Photo Gallery

Boardwalk Chapel 2014 - Staffers - photo by Janet
Published on July 22, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (July 2014)     How about taking a day trip to Wildwood, New Jersey, to visit the OPC’s Boardwalk Chapel this summer?  Wildwood is within easy driving distance of many of our churches, and there is a big parking lot right behind the Chapel!   Come and enjoy an afternoon on the beach or boardwalk, and then attend the evening program at the Chapel and encourage the very talented and dedicated young Summer Staff members, as well as the Ministers and Ministry Teams that come from various OP churches to help out each week! This ministry of the OPC is in its 70th consecutive year or operation!  Learn all about the Chapel at their website and Facebook page!       ... Continue

Pray for STM Trip to Japan: July 25-Aug. 8, 2014

An OPC tsunami-relief worker
Published on July 21, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (July 2014)   Pray for the short-term mission team that is leaving for Japan today!  This team has been sent out by the Presbytery of Ohio Foreign Missions Committee to serve alongside our missionaries in Japan for disaster relief work near Sendai.  The team will be in Japan from July 25 through August 8, 2014. OP churches represented on the team: Covenant OPC (LaGrange, GA) Christ Covenant OPC (Sheridan, IN) Cedar OPC (Hudsonville, MI) Harvest OPC (Wyoming, MI) Providence OPC (Columbus-East/Pataskala, OH) Redeemer OPC (Dayton/Beavercreek, OH) This effort is in conjunction with the work of the Nozomi (Hope) Center in Yamamoto-cho, a cooperative center sponsored by the Reformed Church in Japan and the Orthodox Presbyterian ... Continue

Pray for Team Praha: July 21-August 11, 2014

Czech children's group - Jesse - 2013
Published on July 20, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (July 2014)   The Presbytery of Southern California’s Youth Committee has sent Team Praha (Czech for “Prague”) to the Czech Republic for its annual 3-week ministry program (July 21 – August 11, 2014). The team leader is Pastor Zach Keele of Escondido OPC in California, assisted by his wife, Tovauh. Team Praha will work on-site with Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Farnik, missionaries with over 27 years of experience in the Czech Republic, who will serve as their guides and translators for Czech culture and language. The 3-week long ministry will include a VBS for children; an adult course taught by Rev. George Scipione; a Czech “Mountain Adventure” hiking trip focusing on friendship evangelism and discipleship with Christian and non-Christian Czech teens ... Continue

Successful July 4th Outreach in Kentwood, MI

Fourth of July closeup
Published on July 14, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (July 2014)   Members of nearby OP churches recently answered the call from Rev. Jerry Neumair for volunteers to help Meadow Springs Community Church (OPC) reach out to the community with a “Dragon Master” theme during the Annual July 4th Carnival in Kentwood, Michigan! The group was photographed (above) before they headed out with their float to join the parade! We received this follow-up from Rev. Neumair: Praise God for providing: Volunteers from 3 Michigan OP churches: Oakland Hills Community Church (Farmington Hills, MI) Harvest OPC (Wyoming, MI) Cedar OPC (Hudsonville, MI) Amazing creativity in presenting the gospel via float, flyers, t-shirts and crafts Fantastic weather (mid 70′s and no humidity) The distribution of approximately 3,000 invites ... Continue

Middletown Peach Festival Outreach: August 16, 2014

Peach Festival - Middletown, DE - 2014
Published on July 14, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (July 2014)     Here’s an opportunity for a family, youth group, or church to participate in local outreach at an OP church!  The annual Middletown Peach Festival will take place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 16, 2014, in Middletown, Delaware. The Festival attracts 30,000 visitors, many of whom will pass by Grace OPC (Middletown, DE).  Pastor Bob Harting of Grace OPC invites you to join him and his congregation as they reach out to the community with music, clowns, water bottles, and an art display in front of the church from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. They would welcome the help of musicians, artists who have “peach-themed” art to display, or those ... Continue

Teach Missionary Kids in Uganda!

MA Teacher Erika Bulthius with missionary kids in Uganda
Published on July 9, 2014
 by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (July 2014)     Do you like to teach, and desire to serve on a foreign mission field? There is currently a need for an individual to serve as a Missionary Associate Teacher at the Karamoja Station of the Orthodox Presbyterian Uganda Mission. What: This teacher’s first responsibility will be to teach some of the children of our missionaries (affectionately known as missionary kids or “MKs”) in such subjects as math, science, writing, or art (grades 4, 7, and 9). The teacher will also be welcome to work part-time with Karimojong preschoolers (see KEO), and participate in outreaches to local primary schools where literacy, Bible, and English are taught. When: Ideally, the teacher will be available ... Continue

“English for Kids” Camp: A True Mission Field

Team Photo CROPPED - English for Kids - St Georges, Quebec, Summer 2012
Published on June 26, 2014
by Schylie La Belle, Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod, Barnstable, Massachusetts (June 2014)   During the summers of 2012 and 2013, I spent one week in Quebec helping at an English for Kids Camp in Saint-Georges de Beauce. Our team from the US helped the members of a Christian Reformed church (Église Chrétienne Réformée de Beauce) with their annual camp for children. Some of the children attending this camp come from Christian families or attend the host church, but most come from un-churched families, sent by parents only interested in them learning English and having fun. Knowing this, we saw these children as a true mission field and this camp the channel into their hearts. The week at camp was ... Continue

Volunteers Needed to Help Spruce Up the Machen Center!

Machen sign from Rodney King
Published on June 25, 2014
by Rev. Rodney T. King, Acting Director, Machen Retreat and Conference Center (June 2014)   The Machen Retreat and Conference Center is a facility located in the mountains of Highland County, Virginia, and is owned by the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and operated jointly by the surrounding presbyteries. Its purpose is to provide a place where families can retreat from the distractions of their lives to find a haven in Christ, and nurture in the Scriptures. We are currently in need of both skilled and unskilled volunteers to help us make some improvements to the facility! Unskilled workers could help us lay out hiking trails, clear brush areas, perform building maintenance tasks, set up a ... Continue

“The Sower Sows the Word” (Mark 4:14)

Scattering seed to the wind
Published on June 25, 2014
by Rev. Donald G. Buchanan, Jr., Retired OPC Minister (June 2014)   The following message, excerpted from a sermon delivered to members of the Presbytery of Southern California’s “Team Haiti” during a “Send-Off” service at Westminster OPC (Westminster, CA) on June 22, 2014, serves as an exhortation for short-term mission workers on any field.   The Sower Together with Christ, you, Team Haiti, are the sower. We can think of Christ Himself as the principal Sower or consider the individual evangelist as the sower, but inasmuch as the whole Church is clearly commissioned to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, it is proper to think of the sower in a collective sense. So in this sense all of you together on ... Continue

The Lord’s Grace Shining Forth

"Rejéan is a delight of the church in Saint-Georges. He was one of the translators for us, a man who cares for the kids, for the English staff, and for the Truth of the Bible, for the Church, for Christ's Bride. He was a great encouragement, besides being a lot of fun."
Published on June 24, 2014
by River La Belle, Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod (OPC), Barnstable, Massachusetts (June 2014)    NOTE: The following testimonial was recently received from River La Belle, the 18 year old son of OPC Pastor James A. La Belle (Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod, Barnstable, MA), who served as an assistant at an “English for Kids” Bible Camp in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec, during the summers of 2012 and 2013.  River communicates his youthful zeal for missions in a compelling way which we hope may inspire other young men and women to consider opportunities for short-term missions in the OPC. “I believe Saint-Georges might be compared with Boston – containing plenty of little urban shops, several stately old buildings, homeless men ... Continue

Reminder: You Need Medical Travel Insurance!

Suitcases (taken by David Nakhla, Czech English Camp 2013)
Published on May 21, 2014
by David Nakhla, OPC Disaster Response Coordinator (May 2014)   Leaving the country for a short-term missions trip (or for any reason!) this summer? Be sure to get your travel insurance … not “trip cancellation insurance” … but medical/emergency evacuation insurance. Lots can go wrong … and your US health insurance won’t cover you! Click here to learn more about why your short-term mission trip planning needs to include International Travel Medical Insurance!

Local Outreach in San Antonio, Texas:
Summer 2014

2014-04-29 Mission Tejas cropped
Published on April 29, 2014
by Janet Birkmann, STM Admin Assistant (April 2014)     Last summer, Rev. Andrew T. Moody, Pastor of San Antonio Reformed Church, put out a call for teams to come help in reaching out to their community. The call was answered by Providence Presbyterian Church in Pflugerville (Austin), Texas. The resulting collaboration was described by Pastor Moody in “Mission Tejas 2013,” published in the November 2013 issue of New Horizons, and reprinted with permission at www.opcstm.org.  (Click here to read the full story.) Pastor Moody reported: “We thank the Lord that we have grown closer to our sister church through mutual service and encouragement in the Lord. We are so grateful for their generosity. They have given of their resources ... Continue