Broaden Our Prayer Connections . A Message from Pastor Bob
 
Dear God,

Today we want to pray in many ways as we learn how to reach out to share the Spirit that heals and strengthens in body, mind, and feelings. We pray for many different people, those for whom we have prayed before and others we have forgotten to include. We also pray for strangers we will never know but you will know their needs.

We continue to pray for those in our family and those in your church who are sick.

We pray for the pastors in your church, Mike, David and Bob, who give their lives to ministry in the Body of Christ and elsewhere.

We pray for the staff at our church, those who provide ministry for you and for all of us: Christy, Heather, Donna, Jennifer, Carla, Presten, Elaine, John, Brandon, Justin, Luisa.

We pray for the many people in your church who volunteer many hours in many forms for the ministries of prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness.

We pray for the families and children who enter the church doors during the week as a part of our day care and for Kathy and Luisa who guide that work and care.

And we also feel the call to reach out in new ways and pray for some we'll never know but because you know who struggling and needs prayer.

We pray for those we keep our hospitals and care centers clean so those facilities can provide healthy places to heal.

We pray for strangers we see driving in cars, walking along the sidewalks, sharing waiting rooms in medical offices, living down the street, and shopping in the same aisle where we are also shopping.

We pray for those who help us feel safe like first responders, those who answer 911 calls, provide guidance in large parking lots at events like sports and concerts, those in first responder offices, medical and insurance offices who keep necessary files organized.

We pray for social workers who help those often ignored or shunned and who frequently make difficult decisions.

We pray for children who do not have a steady home.

We pray for women and children who are physically, sexually and emotionally abused. We especially pray for those boys and girls who are lost into trafficking.

We pray for workers close by and far away who make the many clothing items we need and can easily purchase in our local stores.

We pray for veterinarians and their staff who keep our pets healthy.

We pray for farmers and farm workers who provide us food and for the plant workers who process this food and the truck drivers that help get the food to the grocery in our neighborhood.

And we pray Lord for our own strength, feelings and thoughts as we represent you in the world we will encounter this week.

We bring these prayers and others that you place in our heart in the name of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen
 
Footnote from Pastor Bob: I know, I know, this is a long and perhaps unusual list. I write it for you that you might broaden your prayer life. Prayer does not have to be spoken aloud to the person; it is what in your heart and mind that counts. Consider it a way to share The Holy Spirit as well as grow in your own relationship to God. Maybe there is one or two that are important to you that I did not include in these examples; you can add them. Perhaps making a list for this week and changing it next week will stimulate your heart and mind.
     
Know that I just now prayed for you.


Blessings to you, 
Bob
Come and Help

OUR NEXT MOBILE FOOD PANTRY 
date is Thursday, July 18  from 2-5pm
We helped 340 families at the June mobile food pantry.
We can always use help from volunteers anytime between 12:30 & 6:00!
We could use extra volunteers between 5:00 to 6:00 or so on Food Drop days to help clean up, get leftover food onto the truck, and unload it at the Noland Road Community Services League cooler at Noland & Truman Rd. It goes pretty fast with extra hands helping out.


New Sermon Series Begins this Weekend

    


Community Services League Needs
Children are home during the summer which causes many families to need more food.  CSL is in great need of food!  Please pick up some extra when you shop.
     Pancake syrup, peanut butter, jelly, shampoo/conditioner (2 in 1), small bottles of dish soap (not dishwasher), men's shaving cream.
The Community Services League food pantry at our location receives all food that is donated at the church each week. 

Southern Independence Transportation Ministry Help Needed

Volunteers are needed to help members get to and from services on Sundays. 
If you would be willing to do this once a month, contact Linda Ashley at 337-2647 or lindaashley443@gmail.com.
Opportunities to Volunteer
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer in our area and at our church. Some of those opportunities are:
 
Community Services League (CSL) Food Pantry - Wednesdays from 9:00am - 3:00pm at Christ UMC. Contact Darla Pummill at 224-0403 for more information.

Franciscan Mission  - 4th Monday each month between 5:30 & 8 :00pm. They are located at 2100 N. Noland Rd. Contact Colleen Foudree at 816-478-8020 to volunteer. 

Glendale Elementary Reading Program - Monday through Friday between 9:30 & 11:30am or 1:00 & 3:00pm for one hour per week, during the school year, to listen to students read. A background check is needed. Pick a form up at the church. Contact Lyn Verstraete at 816-838-2575 for more information.
 
 
Glendale Elementary School Snack Packs - Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00pm at Glendale Elementary, during the school year. Contact Shirley Cottrell at 373-3687 for more information.
 
Harvesters & Christ UMC Mobile Food Pantry  - Third Thursday of each month at Christ UMC. Volunteer help needed between 12:30 & 6:00pm.

 
Meals on Wheels - Drivers are needed for this program. You are assigned a specific day and route and it takes about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Contact Meals on Wheels at 254-9566 if you are interested.
 
Sleeping Mats for the Homeless - Volunteers are needed to help cut the shopping bags to get them ready to make the sleeping mats. If you are interested in helping with cutting, or making the mats, please contact Myrtle Dye at 254-4585 or Sharon Safley at 220-0749.
 
Tabitha's Closet - Tabitha's Closet is located in the Fairmount Community Center and volunteers are needed to help sort, hang and rotate donated clothes on Tuesdays that schools are in session between 9 :30am - 2:30pm. Contact Buttons Jimerson at 228-7380 for more information.
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