Why Do We Pray?

Prayer is the practice of the presence of God. It is the place where pride is abandoned, hope is lifted, and supplication is made. Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and claiming dependence upon God. Prayer is the needful practice of the Christian. Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope. Prayer is the privilege of touching the heart of the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:8

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7

Father, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.

Hands closed in prayer on an open bible

Sylvia Walden is asking for prayers for her sister Suzanne who is visiting for a few months. Her sister just received an update on her stage 4 cancer that has been in remission and now has re-emerged with a new tumor in her hip and lesions on her liver. She will be getting radiation treatments here until 3/10. Prayers are needed for God's healing touch and pain relief.

Please pray for Irene Stackel.  Irene is Melanie Rafferty's mother.  She has directed our Pilgrim Singers group and attended services with her family at our church.  She recently had cancer surgery and faces a long recovery.  Pray for Irene and family.

Larry Landermann is asking for prayers for his sister, Joan Fridlington.  Joan has pneumonia and is currently in Hospice care in New Jersey.  Thank you for your prayers.

Nancy Reid is requesting prayers for the family of Ron Wisk. He was a dear friend who passed away after being on a ventilator suffering from COVID-19. Thank you for your prayers.

Please pray for Anna Dewitt, She is Jim and Dawn's granddaughter in Wisconsin. She sustained a severe foot injury while playing soccer and it requires a surgery on 2/25/21. Anna is at home, surgery went well. She is resting, elevating and icing her foot. Please continue to pray for a successful rehab and recovery. Thank you all.

Sandy Hoffman is requesting prayers for Diane Dresback.  Diane's cardiac catherization was done today 2/23/21 and she did well according to Sandy. Diane is at home, Dr.'s are working on getting her medications adjusted for beneficial results. Please continue to pray for comfort and healing.

Penny and Joe Stinton are asking for prayers for their good friend's 17 year old niece. She was just diagnosed with brain cancer, her name is Emily Monahan. She had just been accepted to Clemson. Penny sent an update on Emily, Dr. operated, tumor entirely encapsulated and removed. She is on the road to recovery and plans for college. Please continue to pray for complete healing and rehab. Thank you all for your continued prayers.

Please pray for Gale Wigner.  Gale, our amazing greeter, has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.  He had successful surgery on 2/22/21 and is at home recovering. Gale had an additional successful surgery today 3/2 and will be recovering at home. If you want to send a card:  6819 Williams Lake Rd., Waterford, MI  48329.

A special request from Darla Webb for a friend:  Send a card, please! I would greatly appreciate if you could send a card to my grandson. He needs cheering up.  Two & 1/2 months ago I had a successful kidney transplant. I am so grateful. However, at the same I was in surgery my grandson was air lifted to Duke Hospital for an open heart surgery. It was discovered that he has a cancerous tumor called Cardiac Angiosarcoma in his heart. Our grandson Jasper Jawanda is only 16 years old.  The survival rate is 6-10 months. It is rare for much more. There is no cure. It would bring great joy to him if you could kindly send him a card.  The message should just be that he is in your prayers. Thank you in advance.  Send to: Jasper S. Jawanda, 660 N. Fort Bragg Rd., Southern Pines NC 28387

Please say a prayer for Ginny Poe Klenk and family. Ginny's sister, Betty Guth, passed away suddenly today, March 1st. Betty had suffered with scoliosis and dealt with pain on a daily basis. Betty was just 75 years old. We thank God she is free from pain and at peace. Our prayers are with Ginny and their family.

Diane Dresback is requesting prayers for her friend Sally Finan's sister Becky. Becky had a colonoscopy and the bowel was nicked. She is now home still having discomfort. Please pray for relief of pain and healing.

Please pray for Kathy Hall who lives in Santo Domingo. She had a heart ablation at Shands Hospital which was not successful and had open heart surgery as the result. She came home and is being taken care of by her daughter Beth. Please continue to pray for healing and her family.

Pray for calm, patience and peace for our world and society.  The pandemic, troubles in Washington, economic distress and more are causing the very fabric of our lives to be ripped and shredded.  Tension in homes and marriages.  A rise in the suicide rate.  Schools reporting increased behavioral problems.  We need to pray for serenity and an end to the turmoil.  Our bodies will have an increased negative reaction to this culture of anger.  Sickness of every type will increase.  Calm down and pray.

Penny Stinton asks for prayer for her water aerobics teacher, Jeanne Marciante.  Last year Jeanne battled colon cancer successfully.  She has now been diagnosed with brain cancer.  Pray for Jeanne.

Pray for the family and friends of Billy Field.  Billy was our sound tech and a good friend to our church.  He passed away suddenly, at the age of 55, on January 28th,.  The church has established a fund to help the Field family.  Your gifts can be sent to the church with the check made out to the church and in the memo section "The Field Family Fund"..Please continue to pray for Shannon and children in this very difficult time.

Please pray for Libby Regan as she is having a cardiac catheterization on 2/2/21. Libby did well with her procedure and will return to her Dr.'s office for follow up instructions and recommendations. She thanks all for the concern and prayers.

Please pray for Dick Simonet on the recent passing of his dear wife Patricia. A memorial service will be planned in the near future.

Pray for  Nancy Carroll who is battling pancreatic cancer and is on Hospice care. Penny stated Carol passed away today 3/2 and is with our Lord. Thank you all for your prayers.

Please pray for Pam Sabo.  Pam had successful knee replacement surgery. Pray for a good healing/recovery. She is doing outpatient therapy presently and working hard for good results.

Pray for Bob and Jean Gorney.  They are both dealing with severe pain.  Bob in the shoulder and Jean in her back.  Pray for pain relief.

Please pray for Bob Gorney's brother, Anthony.  Anthony is dealing with cancer and the treatments.  Pray for strength and comfort.

Bob Brooks is asking for prayer for his wife, Carol.  Carol has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Her surgery at Moffit Hospital is March 9,2021. Please pray for a successful surgery, recovery, healing and strength.

Please pray for Robert Schmehl of Reading, Pa.  Bob has just been diagnosed with COVID.

Harriet & Bob Dawson request prayer for Jim and Joy Meyers of Port Charlotte, FL.  Jim & Joy both have COVID-19.

Please pray for infant, Mika Scott, he was born with several birth issues.  He will have surgery soon in Orlando.  He was born on 12/6/20 and weighed 6 lbs 9 oz.  His family is assisted by our Infant and Toddler Pantry..

Please pray for Angelo and Lauren Rosado, neighbors of Paul and Darlene Fortin, the Rosados have tested positive for COVID. Anthony is now negative and in rehab recovering. Lauren remains in the hospital fighting to recover. Please continue to pray..

Please pray for John Robertson.  John had a bad fall and broke his right arm in several places.  He is waiting for further word from the doctors on a treatment option and is currently resting at home with his arm in a sling.  Also, pray for his wife Dorothy as she helps him deal with the situation.

Billie Thatcher requests prayers for her friend's son, Bruce Landis.  Bruce is in Vanderbilt University Hospital with liver issues and may need a transplant.  Thank you for your prayers for Bruce.

Please pray for Dawn Payzant.  Dawn has attended our services many times and is a good friend of Nancy Doggett.  Dawn lives in Nova Scotia.  She is currently suffering from an advancing case of Parkinson's Disease.  This dear lady needs our encouragement and prayers.  If you want to send a card or note (2 US stamps needed for Canada) her address is:  Dawn Payzant, 1058 Albany New Road, Caledonia, Nova Scotia, BOT 1BO, Canada. They do not have any family close by and the prayers of our church family will be a blessing.

Pray for Steve Feustel.  Steve is home having rehab and overcoming the effects of a stroke.  Pray for Steve and Beth.

Pray for Carole Masters, Jim Keough's Administrative Assistant for many years in Michigan, who had a bad fall and broke her arm just below the shoulder.  Pray for healing and relief from pain. She recently underwent surgery.

Please pray for Mike Howard. Mike is recuperating in rehab after a surgical procedure on his arm. He is healing well, is able to get out to visit 'Help is on the way' in Michigan. He will be staying at the rehab center for 2 more months.

Please pray for Janice Nystrom.  Janice is the wife of our Board of Trustees chairperson, Carl Nystrom.  Janice had a recent hospital stay at The Villages Hospital and will recuperate at home.

Please pray for Cathy Reitmyer's niece, Renee.  Renee has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.  She is only 37 years old and has 4 young children.

Please pray for Billie Thatcher's sister, Mary Lou Kovacs.  Mary Lou is suffering with severe memory issues.  Pray for her and husband Ron.

Please pray for Frank Szczepanski.  Frank is having lung infection treatments that will last up to 24 months.  The side effects from the medications have caused him to lose his hearing which will not likely return.  Also pray for his wife, Vi, as they struggle through this difficult time together.

Please pray for Ruth McGuy.  Ruth, a long time member of our church, had surgery recently in Massachusetts.  She will be having radiation treatments in a few weeks. Ruth's address is 6 Mary Avenue, Seekonk, MA  02771.

Sally Gillies, a friend and from Michigan, is having procedures and treatments for stage 3 cancer. Please pray for Sally to have strength, hope and healing.

Please pray for Tami Blaze.  Tami has worked in our Infant & Toddler Pantry.  She has been bravely battling health issues for several years.

Continue to pray for Cathy Reitmyer as she is recovering from heart issues.   Please pray for Cathy and her Mom (Rose).

Pray for Carolyn Baker.  Carolyn had a total hip replacement and came home the same day. She is doing well and being taken to outpatient rehab twice weekly by her good friend Jesse Edwards. Please continue to pray for healing and good rehab results.

Please pray for Bennie Exum's son, David, who suffers from pulmonary fibrosis.

Pray for Jerry Starkweather's long time friend, Les Hartzman, who was diagnosed with lung cancer and is going through chemo and radiation.

Please pray for Leslie Tate, she is the wife of Otto Souder.  She is battling cancer and other health issues. She is home presently recovering from her hospitalization. Please pray for healing and strength.

Please pray for Bev Huey, a friend of Cathy Reitmyer, who has been diagnosed with kidney failure and had a recent heart procedure.

Pray for the necessary reforms to be brought about that will establish unity and justice for all citizens of our country.  May economic justice, police reform and an end to racism be established.

Pray for the families of the police officers and individuals who have been killed in the recent violence in our country.  Pray for the store and business owners who have lost everything to the senseless violence of the last few weeks.

Pray for peace to return to the cities and towns of our country.  Pray to stop the violence, looting and hatred.  Give our leaders the wisdom to take the actions necessary to restore order.

Please pray for Cathy Kivitt, the sister-in-law of Charles and Kathy Kivitt, she is battling cancer and other health issues.  Pray for healing, comfort and strength.

Pray for the many people around the world who are suffering from the coronavirus.  Pray to stop the spread of this virus, halt the panic, heal the many children and elderly it is afflicting.

The children who visit our Infant and Toddler Pantry and their families.

Pray for the success of our new church programs: The Memorial Garden, and The Infant and Toddler Literacy Program.  Thank you.

If you have a prayer request contact Dawn Keough at:  Nana6bn5g@aol.com
or call the pastor at 352-250-6160.