First, we must pray “unto God”. I am sure some out there are asking themselves “well who else would we be praying unto?” The point he was trying to make was that we need to be sure that we are actually taking the time to enter into God’s presence. He shared a quote from R.A. Torrey: “We should never utter one syllable of prayer, either in public or private, until we are definitely conscious that we have come into the presence of God, and that we are speaking definitely to Him.”
He likened it to having a meeting with the President of the United States and all the heads of states of Europe to make a request. We need to ask ourselves “how would we prepare for an important meeting?” Would we go in and just talk off the cuff or would we take time to think through what it is specifically that we want to accomplish? We can begin by reading some scripture that reminds us of who God is and ask the Holy Spirit to take us into God’s presence.
The second element is to pray earnestly. We must stretch out our soul before God.
Third – We must pray corporately. That is, we must pray as the body of the Church.
Fourth- We must pray specifically. Let God know exactly what you are asking for. How can you know if your prayer is answered if you don’t ask for something specific.
Does your prayer life need a little encouragement? Would you like to talk with some like minded people about prayer? We will meet again this Sunday evening at 5PM. We have our time of listening to a lesson, discussing it, and then spending time in prayer. Come join us!
In His Service,
J. Suzan Alley, RN
Caring Opportunities/Prayer Concerns
Assisted Living: Betty Boyer
Home: Estelle Austin, Dail Rodgers
Illness: Bob Blazer, Misty Carroll (cancer), Virginia Harr, Jasper Ramey, Barbara Knight, Charlotte Osborne (Tracy Campbell’s mother), Tricia Klug (health), Don Schultz, Emma Harrod, Randall Kidd, Frieda Horne, (Dreama Helton’s sister), Paul Jett, Lucas Kinley (Pam Howell’s great nephew), Louise Weber (Neil’s mother)
Recovering: Bonnie Blazer, Shelby Skeens, Janice Hutsell, Joseph Pitz, Josiah Porter (Ron & Kay Porter’s grandson), Ron Yeatts, Carrie Malone (Elizabeth Carey’s mother), Margaret Hamilton (Tony Ponder’s mother), Betty Sue Bright, Suzi Fleenor, Jane & David Doan, Al James, Zach Harris (James Fisher’s brother), Annis Bass, Betty Sager
Special Concerns: Dennis Dykes (Afghanistan Veteran, illness), Erin Millington Meade, South Sudan, Zachary Beachley, Dwight & Barbara Miller, Ryan Maxwell, Lindsey Rufenacht, Leroy Campbell (Chris Campbell’s father), Jane Frayer, Doris Parks, Ruth Ann Blix, Donna Thornton, Debbie Dillard, Nancy Osborne (Estelle Austin’s daughter), Darci Smith, Jackson Orfield, Marvin Bullis’ mother, John Green, HA Shelton, Burl and Joyce Lawson, Jim Hanna (Marcia Buck’s father), Bill Ruth, Judy Hoberg, Lisa Crosby, Ida Tallman
Those Who Are Grieving:
Serving Our Community: Matt Harrison, Lynn Feagins, Al James, Mark Lambert, Mike Laningham, Allen Faulk
Serving our Country: Tommy Dull, Hunter Roberts, Joseph Hoberg
Please send prayer requests to Don Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call or text him your requests at 423-967-6884.
Don will send out your prayer requests through email as the needs arise. If you would like to receive these emails in order to pray for one another, email Don at email@example.com.
Birthday blessings to the following people:
January 3 Olin Pendleton
January 5 Emmy Pierce
January 6 Mark Wininger
January 8 Sam Jones
January 9 Erin Millington Meade
January 10 Bill Ruth
January 11 Stacy Rutherford Mills
January 13 Jean Osborne
January 17 Doris Jones, Sarah Burleson, Bernie Smith
January 19 Barbara McKay, Deborah Doan
January 20 Pat Bowers
January 23 Virginia Harr
If your Birthday is not listed, please notify the church office so that you can be added.
Christian hospitality is rooted in the self-giving love and nature of God. As followers of Jesus, we live into Christian Hospitality by intentionally creating a sacred space and place for others to hear, experience and become a part of the ongoing story of God’s grace and love for the world.
A Fundraiser for the Missions trip in February to help with Hurricane Irma relief.
The menu is:
Soups and Chili, Salad,
Cornbread and Crackers,
ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP IN THE VESTIBULE. PLEASE CHECK FOR ACCURACY AND NOTIFY THE OFFICE OF ANY CORRECTIONS THAT NEED TO BE MADE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
3F will meet on Thursday, January 18 at 11:30 for a covered dish luncheon and planning meeting for the coming year. Hope you can join us!
An important housekeeping note concerning the box recycle bin located in the kitchen:
Please break down all boxes and
DO NOT BLOCK
the emergency exit door in the kitchen.
This will greatly help the workers who take our recycling to the elementary school, and will help us to follow fire code standards. Thank you.