Saturday, June 4, 2016

A new executive director is among us!





Presbyterian Elders in Prayer (PEP) was started by a small group of elders from two churches in Kansas City, MO. They got together to pray for the renewal and growth of the denomination. This happened in 1981. They kept meeting monthly and the inspiration came to them to recruit other elders from other churches to pray for the church. One of the Scriptures that inspired them was James 5:14. They felt that the denomination was ill and it was time for the elders to lay their hands of prayer upon the church and anoint her with the oil of their love and dedication. 

PEP began to grow as a major ministry starting in 1982 when it was approved as a Chapter Nine organization in the denomination. By 1990 the membership in PEP grew to be over 20,000 throughout the nation. God blessed us to have a full-time paid Executive Director, Rev. Ilona Buzick. PEP organized a few National College of Elders and were attended by elders and prayer-warriors from around the nation. We did some renewal weekends in churches and Presbyteries. 

When some of the founding elders of PEP died and went to heaven, we began to experience a decline in the membership and activities. Though we had the leadership of some very good volunteer Executive Directors, we kept on declining. We kept on praying for the Lord to do whatever He desires with this ministry. And the Lord brought a new volunteer Executive Director with a lot of experiences and insights. What a joy it is for me to introduce our new Executive Director, Miss Kristine Meyer. She started with editing our Prayer Newsletter. A lot more is in the work. 

Let us praise God for her and ask for His continued blessings upon her. 

Pastor Joe

President of PEP 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

February 2016



Beloved,


Well, it’s that time of year. 

Everybody’s writing annual reports that are about as popular as books that I’ve written.

Did you know you can buy just about any of my books on www.amazon.com for the price of postage?  Or just come to my study and I’ll give one or ten to you.  At last count, I’m running about a trillion to one behind Joel in sales.  How humiliating!

Anyway, usually, church annual reports fall into four categories:



  • See how great we are!
  • Send money!
  • Everything’s horrible because of our pastor!
Though you’ve got to be careful of the members looking for a champion, paramour, errand boy for wandering desires, BFF, or someone who will agree with the last person she/he had talked to like a bad sentence ending in a preposition, our Pastor Search Committee says everything’s gonna be great because of our new pastor until we start treating her/him like we did that last one!


Sorry, I’m just being serious.

I’m just not into it.

That’s not your fault.

That’s my personally pejorative pathology.

My sin.

I’d just rather look to the future than our behind(s).

Oops.

Really, it’s a Philippians 3:12ff thing for me; and while you’ve got the book opened to Philippians, you can figure out my undershepherding sentiments and priorities as articulated by the apostle throughout the entire letter.  It’s only four chapters; requiring even less time than reading The Rockford Register Star.

Truth is I’d rather talk about what our Lord has done for us than what we think we’ve done for Him; as if there’s any comparison or as if we could ever be and do enough to praise and thank Him enough for what He’s done for us here and now and forever by grace through faith in Jesus.

An old gospel song comes to mind:  “Count your blessings, name them one by one.  Count your blessings, see what God has done!”

Have you ever done that?

When I’ve tried, I never have enough paper and I never get around to…

So, uh, that’s my eternal report.


                                                Blessings and Love,
                                                                                  B. Kopp

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

November 2015



Friends,

I will never forget the inaugural meeting of Presbyterian Elders in Prayer back in the early 80s as Dorothy Haglage, Dick Lane, and Trigg Luce joined with Joe and me to commit ourselves to a prayer covering for our denomination.

Approaching four decades later and the graduation of Dorothy, Dick, and Trigg to paradise, Joe and I, along with a continuing board and you continue to kneel before the Lord in praise, confession, thanksgiving, intercession, supplication, petition, and silence.

While we’ve had a few bursts of programming and continue to provide opportunities for spiritual formation, the most basic reason for continuing has been to call the Body of Christ to prayer.

As Joe and I talked together on October 20, 2015 about the future of PEP, we concluded our most basic reason for continuing remains compelling.

We understand our call as a constant reminder to pray, a mustard seed ministry with awesome possibilities through increasing intimacy with the Lord, and reservoir of resources for the willing.

As our network has moved beyond the borders of one denomination to many others, we are refreshed in our passion for prayer and surrendering the whole Body of Christ not just one of the parts to Him.

We praise God for the privilege of continuing this prayer-advocating ministry with you and others who will be joining hearts with us in the future to the glory and praise of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Blessings and Love,

Joe and Bob

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pep Talks 6/11/14

PEP Talks (6/11/14)

1. GA kicks off this Saturday and you're invited to join us in praying commissioners surrender all to Him in correspondence to Jesus by the book as encouraged by the Holy Spirit!

2. Our ED, moi, was thinking about being on site and available for prayer support/counseling during the most critical decision-making days next week; however, looking at our balance sheet and the lack of designated gifts for it, we will be in close communication of the proceedings via our personal as well as cyberspaced-out link to www.churchandworld.com as we pray with you as noted in #1.  If funds appear miraculously in the next few days, we will alter the calendar and be available in person.

3. Checking out the next edition of KD (see below), the best sources of moment-by-moment coverage begging your interpretations will be provided by www.churchandworld.com, www.layman.org, and www.pcusa.org.

4. Many churches have told us that if things really go as expected in the next few weeks, they will be entering periods of discernment regarding continuing membership in the PCUSA.  Please remember we are available for on site prayer, counsel, and mediation.  While our ED is called to remain faithfully as documented over the years and below, he is available to assist pastors, elders, members, and churches who must discern His will for their future relationships with the PCUSA.

4. Mountaintop Cell(ular) Ministry continues on a daily basis.  Please send in your prayer requests to kmac@belvpresbyterian.org or leave 'em on the confidential prayer line shared by PEP and Belvidere's FPC on 815-544-3535.

5. Don't forget to click on www.presbypray.org for announcements and opportunities; and if you know someone interested in our snail-mailed newsletter, get those addresses to kmac@belvpresbyterian.org.

6. "The Old Gray Dog Ponders" continues every Friday at 11:30 a.m. by clicking on www.bnnsradio.com.  He is the best "Reformed" (ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei) theologian known to me.

7. Joe continues every Friday with "Add a Little PEP" at 11:15 a.m. by clicking on www.bnnsradio.com.

Blessings and Love!


P.S. And if you want to hear one of the most glorious renditions of "Amazing Grace," go to www.bnnsradio.com and click on the worship service for 6/8/14.  Really!  You will be blessed as He and His were during that service!  Really!  Don't miss it/Him!  To quote CK, "If you're down and troubled, and you need a helping hand, and nothing, oh, nothing is going..."  This will pick you up into His presence and, uh, amazing grace!  Get it to every commissioner!