|Dearest Wintergarden Faith Community,
Many have asked for weekly prayers to be shared with the community. This is a way for us to share the prayers shared in worship, through the food pantry, and our various other ministries. Due to privacy needs we will only include the first names of people and not last names. We also know this list will not be perfect and in need of constant updating. We will review this every week and be mindful of how we are being asked to pray for one another, our community, our country, and our world.
Prayers of Joy
A huge thank you to the lady wolfpack (a basketball team). They were amazing! They and their couches and parents did mighty work in the garden for 3 or 4 hours. They were truly a gift!
Prayers of gratitude for the volunteers for the pottery sale. We raised $1,500 for our feeding ministries.
Wendy made it to Alaska and is enjoying her family.
Kymmie offers up prayers of thanksgiving for the chai tea that made her whole day better!
Prayers of Concern
We continue to pray for baby Klayton’s improvement. He’s off life-support and is responding. He will hopefully be coming home soon.
Ahilya requested continued prayers for recovery from bronchitis as she prepares for an upcoming surgery in September.
Barb requested prayers for her husband, Fred, who has been diagnosed with bone cancer, lymph node.
We pray for Bud – for healing and energy, and also for John. We pray this for everyone.
For Sharon’s faither-in-law’s. He’s 97.
Prayers for Rick’s friend Spencer. His wife passed away after a battle with cancer.
For Cheryl’s sister-in-law’s surgery, for fast recovery from surgery and for Janet.
Cheryl also lifted up prayers for her family, co-workers, and her housing. Also for her brother in Georgia,
For all the families that are struggling.
For those who battle with the mental health.
Continued prayers for our teachers and kids.
Continued prayers for our food pantry. For a calmer pantry week and more volunteers. Also for the homeless coalition. .
Prayers deep in our hearts… even those we might not know we need to ask about or for.
For Ukraine, the people still in Ukraine and for the local Ukrainian community. For peace and safety.
Finally, please pray for peace throughout the world.
Prayers for those Traveling
For those on vacation, traveling mercies as well.
Last week (8/8) Devon explained that fresh expressions of being the church involves: listening, loving people, building community, exploring discipleship, church taking shape, and doing it again. This week (8/14) it was all about listening. Deep listen. Listening to God and to our community. We were asked, “where God is moving in the community?”
This week Devon encouraged us to practice ways of deeper listening to God and to others. Her listening tips included:
Give your full attention.
Stop making everything about you.
Don’t give advice
Don’t give advice.
On the website for the church, there is a way to submit your prayer requests. If this is something you would be interested in doing, please do so. The prayer requests are emailed to Pastor Devon once they are submitted.
Here is the link: https://www.wintergardenpres.org/prayer-requests/
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