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. 

Pastor Devon 

Prayers of Concern
Please pray for a co-worker of Maralee whose father has end stage liver cancer. 
Pray for Ahilya’s health as she prepares for an upcoming surgery in September.
Also for Kymmie’s migraines to subside. 
Continued to pray for Fred and his bone cancer. 
Also please pray for Chris and Daniel.
Maralee also requested healing prayers for her friend who had an ablation on her back. 
And for her friend who is going through a major life change by (moving to Georgia).
Prayers for Cheryl’s family, finances, and housing. She is also in need of a safe place to live until housing comes through as she needs a new situation. Also for her brother in Georgia.
For the heat to subside. 
For those who battle with the mental health. 
Continued prayers for our teachers and kids. 
Continued prayers for our food pantry and for the Homeless Coalition. Needs include more volunteers in general; however, there is also a dire need extra early morning volunteers to sort food between the homeless coalition and our pantry on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Please prayerfully consider filling this need. 
Prayers for unspoken needs.  
Please pray for peace and safety for Ukraine and Russia people, including the people still in those areas and for local persons from that area.
Finally, please pray for peace throughout the world.

Prayers for those Traveling
Pray for our Snowbirds that will be coming home!
Also for those on vacation, traveling mercies as well.

Loving People:
Beginning in August Pastor Devon started us on a new journey. She explained that fresh expressions of being the church involves: listening, loving people, building community, exploring discipleship, church taking shape, and doing it again.

First we talked was all about listening. Deep listen. Listening to God and to our community. We were asked,  “where God is moving in the community?” (8/14)
Then Pastor Devon encouraged us to love wholeheartedly. – to step out and be the church in new and unexpected ways! She also gave us all the homework assignment of trying something new that would lead to us meeting new people and making new friends.  So let us all pray for each other as we seek new friends as we move forward, toward new expressions of our faith. (8/21)

As we continue journey to become church in a new and different way, this week Pastor Devon reminded us that Jesus’ mission was to ensure those excluded by others were welcomed with Him. He created places of non-judgement, love, grace, and mercy. We were asked:
If we truly have the place we belong? 
What is the new thing God is calling you to do? 
Whom to you feel called to bring together?
And our sticky note question of the week was: 
What kind of community do we need?

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: