Thank you for signing up for the 15 x 5 challenge! I hope that through these last six weeks you were able to develop more awareness of how God is near to you through your times of prayer and solitude.
We wanted to let you know that even though Jeff is leaving, this call to “Draw Near” to God is as important as ever! In fact, as that six week challenge draws to an end, Chuck and I want to challenge you to make another commitment for the next 8-week period into Advent and through Christmas, to continue to spend 15 x 5 in prayer and solitude.
We have a few things to support you in this commitment:

  • We have created a Resources Guide for Prayer and Solitude booklet containing prayers, quotes, and, spiritual practices to try. It is a great companion to your Bible for the time that you are spending alone with God. We will be handing these out at Jeff’s Farewell event this Sunday at 4pm and will also have them available for pick-up at the church. Contact Barbara Pettit ( if you don’t have a way of picking up the booklet.
  • We have created a Prayer Journal for you to use as part of your practice of prayer and solitude. The “Practices” section of the Resource Guide booklet has various ideas of what to do with a prayer journal, so even if you’re “not a journaler” you might find ways to use it to deepen your prayer life. *See the postscript below for how to receive your prayer journal.
  • We are hoping to continue to offer some “Drawing Near” suggestions via Sunday emails similar to what you received for this last challenge (but often referring you to the Resource Guide booklet).
To sign up for the next 8-week challenge, do nothing! We will continue to send the Drawing Near emails (starting 11/8). Feel free to unsubscribe if you no longer wish to receive these emails.
Chuck and I would be so encouraged to hear from you about how you are noticing God at work in you through this commitment to prayer and solitude. Please email either or both of us to let us know how God is working in your life.
Joining with you in prayer!
Cindy and Chuck
*P.S. We have a limited number of Prayer Journals available and we would like to give first priority to those of you who signed up for the 15 x 5 Challenge. So, if you are able to attend Jeff’s Farewell event, when you receive the Resources Guide for Prayer and Solitude booklet, mention that you would like the prayer journal as well. If you’re not able to attend the event, we will have these available for you to pick up the week of November 2-8. Contact Barbara Pettit to set aside a journal if you can’t pick it up within that timeframe window or if you need to make other arrangements to pick up your journal.