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

Please Pray for The Following:

Please pray for Harriet and Bob Dawson.  They have both tested positive for COVID-19.  At this writing Harriet seems to be improving and reports feeling a bit better.  Bob has no symptoms but Harriet is very concerned about him.

Pray for  Nancy Carroll who is battling pancreatic cancer.  Nancy is a friend of Penny Stinton.

Pray for Cassondra, a nurse in New York, who has been working with COVID - 19 patients.  She now has tested positive for the virus.

Please pray for Pam Sabo.  Pam had successful knee replacement surgery. Pray for a good healing/recovery.

Please pray for Jean Gorney and family.  Her sister, Louise Tucker, passed away on January 3rd after a difficult time of illness.  Pray for peace and strength.

Pray for Karl Schramm.  Karl's wife, Ruth, recently passed away.  They were married for 66 years.  Karl and Ruth have attended concerts and services at our church.  Pray for Karl during this difficult time.

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 and a treatment plan is being developed.  Pray for healing and strength.

Please pray for Karin Roosa and her friend Michael Cunningham.  They have both tested positive for Coronavirus.  Karin, who has been battling cancer and having treatments, needs our extra prayers.  Thank you.

Please pray for Bob and Billie Thatcher.  They are both home and sick with a virus.  Pray for quick 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 Virginia Hampton's sister, Frances, she has tested positive for COVID-19.  Pray for Frances and her family.

Please pray for Angelo and Lauren Rosado, neighbors of Paul and Darlene Fortin, the Rosados have tested positive for COVID.

Pray for Tom Blaze who is having shoulder replacement surgery on 12/18.  Pray for his wife Tami as she helps him through the recovery.

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.  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.

Mary Ellen Kresel is asking for prayers for her brother Louis, sister-in-law Pat and niece Carolyn who are all positive for COVID-19.  Louis has heart disease, COPD, asthma, and Alzheimer's.  Pat is severely deaf and Carolyn works in a childcare center and is now out of work.  This family really needs our prayers.

Thank you from the Stinton family:  Your prayers for their daughter-in-laws father, who had a mild case of COVID-19, have been successful and he has recovered.

A friend of Don and Virginia Hampton from Lady Lake who battled bladder cancer and recently had a brain tumor removed is recovering at home.  She is in need of our daily prayers.  Thank you for lifting up this dear lady in prayer each day.

Please pray for Rick Nelli. Rick recently traveled to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for an evaluation and treatment plan for a cancer discovered on his kidney.  The plan is in place and Rick will be working with Moffitt to overcome the problem.  The prognosis looks good.

Please continue to pray for Linda Sandusky. Linda received some good news on her last doctor visit.  She will not have to wear the brace for three months.  The healing is going so well she does not have to wear it anymore.  Thank you for your prayers.

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.

Please pray for Leslie Adams. Leslie is one of our church family and leads our Infant and Toddler Pantry.  Leslie had successful cancer surgery and continues to recover well.  Thank you for the prayers.

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.

Jim & Ann Denholm had asked for prayers for their friend Tony Mont.  Tony is now recovering at home from his surgery and is improving.  Thank you for your prayers.

Please continue to pray for Cory and Bonnie Pearson's friend Gail Meloni as she begins treatments for lung cancer.

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.

A close friend of Bob and Harriet Dawson, Ernie Groves, suffered a stroke on 9/25.   He is alert and communicative, however, he is unable to walk and lacks balance.   Ernie is in  the hospital's Rehab Facility for extensive therapy to learn to walk again.  Please pray for Ernie and family.

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.

Please pray for Pam Albright.  Pam, age 50, is an elementary school teacher in Michigan.  Pam is in rehab continuing her battle with COVID-19.

Please pray for Michelle Mindak Makas.  Michelle had cancer surgery recently in New Orleans and is now back home in Florida recuperating.

Pray for Bob Mitchell, Annelle Baird's cousin, who has been diagnosed with cancer and is receiving treatments.  He is 87 years old and lives in Lexington, KY.

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.  She is having pain in her hip and is facing surgery.

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.

Pray for Danny Bethard.  Danny is Libby Regan's nephew and he had a mass successfully removed from one of his kidneys and is now having chemo.  Thank you for your prayers and keep praying!

Please pray for Leslie Tate, she is the wife of Otto Souder.  She is battling cancer and other health issues. Leslie is scheduled for surgery soon and your continued prayers will help.  She and Otto are most grateful for your prayers and concern.

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.

Please pray for Roger Marvin.  He has been placed in Hospice care where he fell and broke his hip.  Pray for Roger and his wife Shirley.

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.