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

Prayer Request help needed!  When a difficult time arises, and we are in need of prayer it is easy to make a call or send a message asking for prayer.  However, when God answers, and the need is no longer pressing we forget to contact the Prayer Team with an update.  Some requests therefore linger on the list long after the need has been satisfied.  Since there are more than 250 people who look to the church for ministry in this way it would be most helpful if you would take a moment to send a note advising of the status of your situation, friend, or loved one.  Thank you for your help!   Together we are making a difference in the lives of people who need the comfort and help of prayer.

It's come to our attention that Jan Doren is at home recovering from COVID. Please pray for a full and speedy recovery. Thank you.

The Keoughs are asking for prayers for their son-in-law Ryan Akers in MI. He sustained a severe burn on the bottom of his foot and is in considerable pain. Please pray for healing and comfort. Thank you.

Mary Ellen Kresel would like us to pray for the family of Pat Howard . Pat just recently lost her battle with breast cancer. She took her prayer shaw that Mary Ellen delivered to every chemotherapy session she had. Please pray for comfort for Mary Ellen and Pat's family.

Please pray for Kemi and Zach Froman of California.  Their Dad, Michael Froman, Godson of Dale and Maryann Barton, passed away suddenly recently.  Pray for all Michael's friends and family during this difficult time.

Please pray for Tony Katsune.  Tony is in the hospital in Milwaukee, WI.  He has been diagnosed with COVID.  He had his vaccine shot but is still suffering with the virus.  Let's pray for another victory over this awful virus for Tony.  Pray for a return to health and a return home soon.  Update:  Pastor Jim talked with Tony today, Monday 9/20.  He is still in the hospital and having continued struggles with the virus.  They have put him on a new medication with hopes that it will make a difference.  Please keep praying for Tony.

Dottie Landermann is requesting prayers for her son, Danny Coombs.  Danny lives in Albany, NY and is in the hospital (at this writing) waiting for surgery.  Please pray for Danny to receive the treatment he needs.

Mary and Jerry Starkweather's long time friend Frank Elliott passed away on 9/18.  Please pray for Frank's daughter, Kim Elliott Russell, and her family.

Ginny Poe is asking for prayer for Debi Soper who is undergoing painful surgery to reconstruct her jaw which she injured in a car accident.

Please pray for Courtney Stein.  Courtney is the young mother of a ten month old who is about to have her third brain surgery.  She and her husband both have worked regularly and now find themselves in need of our Infant & Toddler Pantry for help.  Pray for successful surgery and healing.

Please pray for Bob Atkins who is in the hospital in Ocala.  Bob is having tests to determine what treatments he needs.  Bob is a friend of Ginny Poe and her late husband, Bill Klenk.

Please pray for Kathy Hall, is recuperating at home from cardiac issues. She lives in the village of Santo Domingo and her daughter Beth is here in Florida to help in her recovery. Pray for comfort and a speedy recovery. Thank you.

Jan Doran is requesting prayers for Dolores L'Homedieu. Dolores has kidney cancer, needs surgery and possible kidney donation/transplant. Please pray for a successful surgery, treatment and outcome.

Prayer request from Ginny Poe:  "Mindy Parker is a young single mother with 3 young children and is scheduled for surgery for stage 3 breast cancer.  It's an aggressive cancer and she needs prayers.  Please pray for a successful surgery and treatment.

Pray for Rev. Scott DeWitt, the Keough's son-in-law.  Scott had eye surgery on 8/26. Scott is recovering well, won't know if surgery was successful for a few more weeks. Please continue to pray. Thank you.

Mary Starkweather is requesting prayers for Jenn Harvey, a home health aide. She has been diagnosed with ALS since April and the disease is progressing rapidly. Prayers for comfort and peace would be greatly apprecia

Bonnie Pearson asks for prayers for Jim Hamuka, a new friend to our church.  Jim recently had an important surgery postponed at Gainesville.  It will be rescheduled soon.  Please keep praying.

Gary Nankervis is requesting prayer and a prayer shawl for Kitty Burke Evans who is experiencing cardiac issues. Please pray for healing and comfort.

Please continue to pray for Mary Ellen Kresel's brother Louis as his dementia is worsening. Please pray for Mary Ellen and family for comfort and understanding.

Pray for our friend Jean Gorney.  Jean has been going through numerous health issues.  She is looking for medical answers and a new doctor (her doctor retired).  If you would like to send a card or note of encouragement it would be a blessing.  Jean Gorney, 17849 SE 105th Terr., Summerfield, FL, 34491.

Prayer request from Mary Starkweather:  "Please add my longtime friend’s cousin, Lucy Hughes, to our prayer list.  She has just gone through Whipple surgery for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer plus surgery for retinal detachment! Now having duo Chemo & radiation!  Thank you."  We sent a prayer shawl to Lucy, and she sent us a wonderful thank you and a picture of her wrapped in the shawl.  She wore it to go to church.

Mary Starkweather is requesting these names to be added to the prayer list: Rosanne Argentieri recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She is the younger sister of our friend & neighbor Jim McDonnell. His sister-in-law Theresa McDonnell has been diagnosed with stage 4 neuro-endocrine cancer. Please pray for effective treatment and a good prognosis for these people.

Karin Roosa who recently fell and had several fractures in her arm had surgery in Erie, PA  on Friday, August 6th.. Please pray for a successful outcome, pain control and rehab.

Dan and Pam Sabo are requesting prayers for their daughter Vickie Sabo.  She is presently at home and will be seeing a specialist in the near future  Pray for healing and pain relief.

Please pray for Jerry Starkweather who fell and broke bones in his knee and ankle. No surgery was deemed necessary and he is at home with nursing care. Please pray for healing, comfort for Jerry and also for his wife Mary.

Bonnie Pearson is requesting prayers for Russ Stehle who is experiencing internal bleeding.  He is having testing done to locate the source of the bleeding.  Please pray for a swift diagnosis and treatment plan.  Pray for his wife Kathy as she helps him through this difficult time

Carol Andreasian is requesting prayers for her friend Pat Sheridan in Chestnut Hill, MA. Pat is having cardiac issues and she and her family needs our prayers.

Diane Dresbach is asking for prayers for Helga York, a member who moved up north to be closer to family. She has just recently been diagnosed with cancer and will be moving into an assisted living facility. Please send cards of greetings and encouragement to Helga York, 66 Hawthorne Dr.  Apt. 215, Bedford, NH 03110.

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

Cathy and Mike Koons are asking for prayer for Evie Read from Minnesota.. She has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer throughout most of her body. She is very pleased with her prayer shawl requested by the Koons'. Please pray for healing, strength and comfort for this sweet lady.

Prayer request from Darla Webb:  Please pray for friend and neighbor Frances Singer.  She has been diagnosed with Colon Cancer.

Scott Tomberlin is asking for prayers for his friends Brian and Deb Delo of Holland, MI.  Deb is a multiple Myeloma patient who has been in remission for 10 years.  Recently her routine testing has shown it is back.  Please pray for successful treatments and good results.  She is going to need lots of encouragement through this difficult time.

Pray for Pamela Hanower.  Pamela is currently home in Massachusetts with her two puppies.  She has been having a severe problem with pain that has affected her mobility.  Pray for Pamela to find relief.

Prayer Request Prayer request and update from Cindy Robinson:  "Please pray for the granddaughter of a friend of mine. Her name is Fiona, 4 years old, and she had a Wilms tumor on her kidney. They removed the kidney, and she has been going thru chemo for the past 8 months, in and out of the hospital, taking steroids and just having a hard time being a kid!"  Let's pray for Fiona and her family. UPDATE 7/12/21:  Fiona went into the hospital last month, again, for chemo.  She had been on steroids and had gained 18 pounds - 2 pounds of water!  She has recovered from all of that, and the doctors have decided that she didn't need to have the last two chemo treatments.  The plan is to check her frequently and keep a careful watch on her remaining kidney.  God is Good!  Please keep praying.

Please pray for Natalie Andrews.  Natalie is having some atrial fibrillation issues.  She is currently working with a doctor  in Leesburg trying to find the best solution.  Your prayers will help.

Danny and Pam Sabo are asking for prayers for Danny's brother Paul Van Jura. Paul was visiting family in NC, fell breaking his hip and had surgery. He is presently in a rehab center in Ohio. He also has Parkinson's disease and needs prayers for healing and a successful rehab.

Please pray for Gale Wigner.  Gale was diagnosed with bladder cancer.  He has had several surgical procedures The latest news is that recent tests show him to be clear of cancer.  If you want to send a card:  6819 Williams Lake Rd., Waterford, MI  48329.

Prayers are needed for a young woman named Danielle, a friend of Diane Dresback and Sandy Hoffmann, who lives here in Florida. She relapsed back into her drug addiction and she and her family are struggling to survive this challenge. Please pray for daily strength and healing.

Karen Roosa is requesting prayers for her "quilting sister" Mary Ann Sasenick, who is undergoing chemo treatments for breast cancer. Please pray for successful treatments and comfort for her and her family.

Bill Deysher is requesting prayers for his son-in-law Scott Rofofsky who has been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal and liver cancer. Please pray for comfort and successful treatment. Bill greatly appreciates your prayers and concern.

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.

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

Please pray for infant, Mika Scott, he was born with several birth issues.  He will have surgery soon in Orlando.  His family is assisted by our Infant and Toddler Pantry.

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.

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

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. UPDATE: Frank mental state is worsening and his physicians are testing to determine why.  Also pray for his wife, Vi, as they struggle through this difficult time together.

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

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.


If you have a prayer request contact Dawn Keough at:  Nana6bn5g@aol.com

or call the pastor at 352-250-6160.