For the week of September 27
Devotion - Pray Without Ceasing
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Paul’s encouragement to the Thessalonians is much more than encouragement. It’s a command: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Sometimes, it is difficult to rejoice or to give thanks. I believe that when we cannot find the strength or the heart to rejoice or give thanks, our community stands by us and stands for us, lifting us up even when we falter. This is true of prayer also. There are times when we cannot find the words or the energy to pray. As Paul says in his letter to the Romans, we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit helps us in our weakness, interceding with groans too deep for words (my translation). The community, too, plays a vital role in prayer. While we often think of prayer in individual terms, prayer is essential for community life also. This Sunday, we will be reflecting on the importance of prayer for our community. Join us as we continue studying wisdom for life in the book of James, and focus on what it means to be a praying community.
Song: Cast My Cares On You, Finding Favor
In our lives: Have you ever put a puzzle together only to find one piece missing? This is an image that is often used to depict congregational life. Each person is important for this body of Christ. But, turn the picture around for a minute. Imagine that puzzle as the puzzle to your heart. Is there a piece missing? Community with our brothers and sisters in Christ is an essential piece of our hearts and lives. Praying together as a community is an essential piece. This week, let us consider the holes that we may have in our hearts or our lives and how God is seeking to fill them.
Brief Congregational Meeting
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The Kitchen Class
Brenda Slade, radiation
Carleen Corry, recovering from surgery
Margaret Lambert, recovering from surgery
Emilie Breeding, Jan Staples’ niece, complications following childbirth, baby is doing well
The family of Kelly Stewart, friend of the Wallace’s, upon her death, dealing with the grief of having lost their second child
Ansel Philp, brother of Marjorie Potter, recovering from shoulder surgery for cancerous growth
Debra, Faye Kitchens’ daughter, skin cancer
Tracy Mask, friend of Carrell Kalland, radiation for a brain tumor
Badertscher family, friends of Carrell Kalland, multiple health concerns in the family
Ronald Richardson, son-in-law of Phillip and Betty Williams, health concerns
Stan Stokes, friend of Mike Sager, recovering from bladder cancer
Lillie Curry, aunt of Brenda Gales, diagnosed with colon cancer
Sandra Hancoch, friend of Margaret Lambert, chemo for breast cancer
Elise Hunt, friend of the Corry's in rehab recovering from broken hip
Florine Wade, Linda Moon’s mother, rehab due to a fall
Karen Smith, friend of Margaret Lambert, fighting cancer
Gail Walker, friend of Wallaces, chronic migraines
Sonya, niece of Kenneth Jenkins, fighting breast cancer
Doug Switzer’s daughter, friend of Mike Sager, diagnosed with melanoma
Debra Reeves, friend of Mike Sager, diagnosed with breast cancer
Bob Long, Mary Wallace's brother, on cancer drug and having dialysis
Dot, Faye Kitchens’ sister-in-law, recovering from a stroke
Jay Morgan, nephew of Dan Morgan, Stage 4 cancer
Rev. Penny Hill, cancer treatment
Mollye, relative of Mary Scheaffer, stopping medical intervention
Mya, student of Courtni Mitchell, undergoing chemotherapy
Our neighbors in need who have received food from PCR’S Food Pantry
Shut Ins: Freeman Barber, Gloria Blankenship, Iris Cleland, Louise Hanekamp, Doris Kirby, Jane McMillian, Ray Morgan, Emelyn Sexton, Evelyn Spivey, Hope Woodruff
We give our Christian Love and Sympathy to: To the family and friends of Jay Pruehs
Sunday School- 9:45 a.m.
Worship- 11:00 a.m.
We are a welcoming, caring congregation, strong in fellowship and faithfully committed to worshiping God. Traditional in organization and open in worship, our mission is to share the love of God by serving our neighbors, whether we meet them around the corner or around the world.