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Praying Our Way Forward December 23-29


DECEMBER 23, 2018

Merry Christmas. The Babe of Bethlehem brings peace and joy.

Together, we enter this 31st  week of the Council of Bishops call to Pray Our Way Forward. There are eight more weeks before the February 23-26, 2019 special session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis. The entire United Methodist family is called to prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.

Below you will find the names of some of our leaders who will serve as delegates.  Please join us in prayer and fasting for them—that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. For 12 million United Methodist around the world, prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for participating in this global prayer initiative.

Please invite your family, your small group, your local congregation, your district, and your annual conference to join us in prayer.

Together we pray for a few of the 864 delegates and 200 alternates to the 2019 General Conference:

  1. Charlotte All Davis, Laity, Red Bird Missionary, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  2. Robert Earl Amundsen, Clergy, Red Bird Missionary, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  3. Carlito Serrano Puno, Laity, Quezon City Philippines, East Philippines Central Conference
  4. Percival Jimena Gregorio, Clergy, Quezon City Philippines, East Philippines Central Conference
  5. Egmedio Balbona Equila Jr., Clergy, South Nueva Ecija Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  6. Marietta Garcia Bonite, Laity, South Nueva Ecija Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  7. Julie Fernandez Capulong, Laity, Southern Tagalog Provisional Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  8. Edgardo Dellova Cruz, Clergy, Southern Tagalog Provisional Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  9. Melvin Sayco Domingo, Laity, Southwest Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  10. Wilfredo A Yasay, Clergy, Southwest Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  11. Phebe Namoca Cosmiano, Laity, Visayas Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  12. Roy Rafael Tibalbag, Clergy, Visayas Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  13. Lisa M King, Laity, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  14. Daniel Robert Dick, Clergy, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  15. Barbara Anne Buehler Dick, Laity, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  16. Samuel John Royappa, Clergy, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  17. Gail Laity, Burgess, Laity, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  18. Steven E Zekoff, Clergy, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  19. Timothy Charles Crouch, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  20. J Clayton Oliphint, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  21. Linda Moore Parks, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  22. Jill Ann Jackson-Sears, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  23. Kelly Jo Carpenter, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  24. Ronald D Henderson, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  25. Richard Bailey Hearne, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  26. Donald Wallace Underwood, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  27. Gretchen Faye Toler-Debus, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  28. Owen K Ross, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  29. Sarah Nichols Lofton (replaced Charles Roy Stewart), Laity, Oklahoma, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  30. Josephine Deere, Laity, Oklahoma Indian Missionary, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  31. David Mark Wilson, Clergy, Oklahoma Indian Missionary, South Central Jurisdiction, USA.

Together we pray for one member of the General Commission of the General Conference:
Moses Kumar, commission member and General Secretary (see below).

Together we pray for one member of the General Conference Staff:
Mark Goswick – Office of the Business Manager of General Conference staff.

Together we pray for a few members of the Council of Bishops in the USA and around the world:
Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe of the Northwest Texas-New Mexico Episcopal Area and his spouse, Leslie Bledsoe
Bishop Benjamin Boni of the Cote D’Ivoire Episcopal Area and his spouse, N’Gbesso Berthe
Bishop Lawson Bryan of the South Georgia Episcopal area and his spouse, Sherrill Bryan
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of the San Francisco Episcopal Area and her spouse, Thomas Spaniolo
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter of the Florida Episcopal Area and his spouse, Pamela Carter

Together we pray for one member of the Commission on a Way Forward:
Alice Williams, USA, Florida, laity.

Together we pray for one United Methodist Commission or Agency and leader:
Moses Kumar is the General Secretary of the United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration. The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) manages the finances and operational needs of the denomination and serves as the general treasurer of the denomination.

Live Nativity



Live the Nativity

The first part of this message is a commercial: Sign up to help with the Live Nativity Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night! Pick one night or come to all three. In the eyes of the larger Kitsap community, this is SUMC's signature event. You want to see our church move forward and grow in sharing Jesus? Come and help! You can dress up as Joseph, Mary, an angel, a shepherd, or a wiseman. The costumes are provided. You can dress up. You can carol with the musicians. There will be hot soup, coffee, and hot chocolate to warm you up.

 

Live Nativity @ SUMC

Friday, December 21st through Sunday, December 23rd

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

The second part of this message is not a commercial: I want you to think through what happens when people see us celebrating Jesus' birth on the busiest street corner in Silverdale. This month we have been examining Jesus the Son of God, and puzzling how God who made the heavens and the earth would compress himself, lower himself, and insert himself by choice into the world where we live. God being born as a baby? It seems crazy. Or maybe it seems magical or unreal, like a favorite story from when you're a kid. But the truth of the Good News tugs at every heart, even the ones that angrily reject it. People without faith drive by our facility all the time. They can ignore our messages on the readerboard out front. They can slip past Christian radio stations in their cars. But when other community members gather and dress up and put themselves under gaze of thousands of eyes during a 90 minute block, the impossible, almost lunatic notion of a baby monarch in a shed and scholars, farm hands, and supernatural messengers traveling to see shatters the comfortable reality of shopping, eating, and holiday parties that we use to mask the uncomfortable reality of money stress, relationship turbulence, and only occasional fleeting thoughts that there might be something more. The Christian message says God entered into our everyday world and lived an everyday life until he gave it up to rescue everyone; anyone who will respond with faith. When people see us do the Live Nativity, it attracts attention and creates conversations. And when people meet us personally and see us living out what we believe, it becomes even more difficult to ignore.

 

Luke 2:17-18 Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds' story were astonished.

 

If you consider yourself a Jesus-follower, this is our time to man our stations and engage with the world around us, even if it feels uncomfortable. Take heart: No one in the Christmas Story was comfortable either. Live the Nativity.

Advent Week 3 Devotion - Joy

JOY

Pray that your Joy may be made complete by the work of Jesus on the
cross, and by the work of the Holy Spirit moving in your heart.

Read this scripture passage: John 16:16–22

Consider this: As children of God, we have every reason to be joyful,
but the heavy burdens of this life make it easy to forget that Joy. Listen
to how Jesus himself encouraged his friends to expect Joy to follow after
the most sorrowful time they would experience.

Reflection questions about our Scripture passage:

1. What observations can we make about Joy and sorrow in
this passage?

2. What does this passage tell us about the source of sorrow and the
source of Joy?

3. What assurances or promises are found in this passage?

4. How would this passage be different if Jesus had not come?

Pray:

• for God to provide Joy by showing you glimpses of the Savior all
around you at Christmas

• by celebrating the grace that God pours out on you daily, so that your
Joy may be rooted in Him and not in your own efforts

• for God to sustain those who are suffering and persecuted because of
Jesus, and for Joy to come to them in the midst of their pain

Additional Scriptures

Feel free to use the same questions for reflection.

• 1 Peter 1:3–9

• Psalm 30

• Isaiah 61:10–11

Praying Our Way Forward Dec 16 - 22


DECEMBER 16, 2018

Prayer Theme: Prepare the Way of the Lord

Together, we enter this 30th week of the Council of Bishops’ call to Pray Our Way Forward. There are 9 more weeks before the February 23-26, 2019 special session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis. The entire United Methodist family is called to prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.

Below you will find the names of some of our leaders who will serve as delegates.  Please join us in prayer and fasting for them—that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. For 12 million United Methodist around the world, prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for participating in this global prayer initiative.

Please invite your family, your small group, your local congregation, your district, and your annual conference to join us in prayer.

Together we pray for a few of the 864 delegates and 200 alternates to the 2019 General Conference:

  1. Caleb Jeffrey Harper, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  2. Amy Barlak Aspey, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  3. George Glenn Howard, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  4. Christopher Todd Heckaman, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  5. Philip R Moots, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  6. Roger Grace, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  7. Katherine Susan Rohrs, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  8. Michael Barrett Slaughter, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  9. Joy Perry, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  10. Karen M Cook, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  11. William H Brownson, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  12. Curnell Graham, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  13. Chris E Steiner, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  14. Deanna E Stickley-Miner, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  15. Harris Kodjie Glover Tay, Laity, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  16. Douglas Alan Damron, Clergy, West Ohio, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  17. Sergey Kim, Laity, Central Russia, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  18. Sergei Nikolaev, Clergy, Central Russia, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  19. Iuliia Flaritovna Minikhanova, Laity, Eastern Russia-Central Asia Provisional, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  20. Yulia Starodubets, Clergy, Eastern Russia-Central Asia Provisional, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  21. Tarmo Lilleoja, Laity, Estonia, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  22. Taavi Hollman, Clergy, Estonia, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  23. Marina Yugay, Laity, Northwest Russia Provisional, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  24. Khen Su Kim, Clergy, Northwest Russia Provisional, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  25. Carolyn Ann Dove, Laity, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  26. Edward Andrew Goff, Clergy, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  27. Sarah Sloan Kreutziger, Laity, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  28. Juliet Padgham Spencer, Clergy, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  29. Pedro P. Aguila, Laity, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  30. Ronald Pat Day, Clergy, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  31. Terrel Jones DeVille, Laity, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  32. Bernadine Johnson, Clergy, Louisiana, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  33. Sidney G Strebeck, Laity, New Mexico, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  34. Eduardo Rivera, Clergy, New Mexico, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  35. Edwin Adriano Salonga, Laity, Bulacan Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  36. Norlito Tapia Ambi, Clergy, Bulacan Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  37. Evangeline Justo Cristobal, Laity, East Mindanao Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  38. Janeth Laquindanum Rufino, Clergy, East Mindanao Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  39. Munda Varona Dablo, Clergy, Palawan Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  40. Susan Estrada Dillozon, Laity, Palawan Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  41. Jowey Carany Celzo, Laity, Pangasinan Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  42. Jesus Nabor De Los Santos, Clergy, Pangasinan Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  43. Adelia Pascual Carlos, Laity, Philippines-Cavite (PACC) Philippines Central Conference
  44. Noel Syjucco Cua, Clergy, Philippines-Cavite (PACC) Philippines Central Conference

Together we pray for one member of the General Commission of the General Conference:
Sara Hotchkiss, commission member and business manager.

Together we pray for one member of the General Conference Staff:
Raymond Trapp – Worship and Music Director.

Together we pray for a few members of the Council of Bishops in the USA and around the world:
Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area and his spouse, Elisabeth Flinck
Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball of the West Virginia Episcopal Area and her spouse, Barry Ball
Bishop David Alan Bard of the Michigan Episcopal Area and his spouse, Julie Bard
Bishop Frank J. Beard of the Illinois Great Rivers Episcopal Area and his spouse, Melissa Beard
Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the New York Episcopal Area and his spouse, Sally Bickerton

Together we pray for one member of the Commission on a Way Forward:
Rosemarie Wenner, Europe, Germany, bishop.

Together we pray for one United Methodist Commission or Agency and leader:
Thomas Kemper is the General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, the agency which connects the church in mission. To learn more about the General Secretary and the largest General Agency of The United Methodist Church click here.

Praying Our Way Forward December 9 - 15


DECEMBER 9, 2018

Prayer Theme: Hope in God
Together, we enter this 29th week of the Council of Bishops call to Pray Our Way Forward. There are 10 more weeks before the February 23-26, 2019 special session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis. The entire United Methodist family is called to prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.
Below you will find the names of some of our leaders who will serve as delegates.  Please join us in prayer and fasting for them—that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. For 12 million United Methodist around the world, prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for participating in this global prayer initiative.
Please invite your family, your small group, your local congregation, your district, and your annual conference to join us in prayer.
Together we pray for a few of the 864 delegates and 200 alternates to the 2019 General Conference:
  1. Yava Alain Kabwita, Laity, South-West Katanga, Congo Central Conference
  2. Ilenga Jeannette Kanama, Clergy, South-West Katanga, Congo Central Conference
  3. Avul Josue Kashal, Laity, South-West Katanga, Congo Central Conference
  4. Kamwimba Marie Jeanne Zinga, Clergy, South-West Katanga, Congo Central Conference
  5. Ikuku Cliff Katsheka, Laity, South-West Katanga, Congo Central Conference
  6. Tshijika Remy Musolo, Clergy, South-West Katanga, Congo Central Conference
  7. Pierre Mutamba Kasongo, Laity, Tanganyika, Congo Central Conference
  8. Ntambo Wa Mushidi Mutwale, Clergy, Tanganyika, Congo Central Conference
  9. Alphonsine Moma Kabila, Laity, Tanganyika, Congo Central Conference
  10. Emmanuel Kasonga Panda, Clergy, Tanganyika, Congo Central Conference
  11. Alphonsine Ndala Kabaka, Laity, Tanganyika, Congo Central Conference
  12. Eric Nkulu Kalumba, Clergy, Tanganyika, Congo Central Conference
  13. Kaumbu Londwa Nsenga, Laity, Tanganyika, Congo Central Conference
  14. Jacqueline Mwayuma Ngoy, Clergy, Tanganyika, Congo Central Conference
  15. Gregory Tyler Best, Laity, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  16. Kimberly Dunnam Reisman, Clergy, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  17. Allison Christine Curts, Laity, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  18. Richard Anthony Alstott, Clergy, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  19. Edwin A. Fenstermacher, Laity, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  20. David K Neckers, Clergy, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  21. John Scott Anders Lomperis, Laity, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  22. Lisa Dianne Schubert Nowling, Clergy, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  23. Amy Louise Land, Laity, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  24. Russell Abel, Clergy, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  25. Leanna Kay Zimmerman, Laity, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  26. Mitchell H Norwood, Clergy, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  27. Doris Faye Clark, Laity, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  28. Beth Ann Cook, Clergy, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  29. James H Ottjes, Laity, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  30. Cynthia Jean Reynolds, Clergy, Indiana, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  31. Obed Bupe Mulonda, Laity, Zambia, Congo Central Conference
  32. Robert Shakikupe Kilembo, Clergy, Zambia, Congo Central Conference
  33. John Chikuta, Laity, Zambia, Congo Central Conference
  34. Laishi Bwalya, Clergy, Zambia, Congo Central Conference
  35. Cathrine Kadima, Laity, Zambia, Congo Central Conference
  36. Daiman Mainsa, Clergy, Zambia, Congo Central Conference
Together we pray for one member of the General Commission of the General Conference: Gary Graves
Together we pray for one member of the General Conference Staff:
Beth Steed – Office of the Secretary of General Conference.
Together we pray for a few members of the Council of Bishops in the USA and around the world:
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the Raleigh Episcopal Area and her spouse, Mike Ward;
Bishop Mark Webb of the Upper New York Episcopal Area and his spouse, Joy Webb;
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the Birmingham Episcopal Area and her spouse, Lee Padgett;
Bishop John Wesley Yohanna of the Nigeria Episcopal area and his spouse, Asmau Yohanna.
Together we pray for one member of the Commission on a Way Forward:
Debra Wallace-Padgett, USA, Alabama, bishop
Together we pray for one United Methodist Commission or Agency and leader:
Dan Krause was elected in 2015 to lead the General Commission on Communication (UMCOM). He is a seminary-educated, former corporate marketing with a combination of business savvy, a heart for meaningful work and experience in teaching a team about the spirit of service. To learn more about Dan, click here. To learn more about how the work United Methodists do together transforms the world and provide local churches with tools, resources, and training to equip them for communications ministry, click here.
 

Advent Week 2 Devotion - Love

LOVE

Pray that God will give you a vivid picture of his Love, how big and
wide and long and deep his Love truly is.

Read this scripture passage: Romans 5:6–11

Consider this: The opposite of Love is not hate. It is selfishness. Love
requires giving, and the greatest love gives everything and takes nothing
in return. That is the kind of love described in this passage.

Reflection questions about our Scripture passage:

1. How would you describe the example of Love we see in
this passage?

2. What does this passage tell us about God? about ourselves?

3. What assurances or promises are found in this passage?

4. How would this passage be different if Jesus had not come?

Pray:

• for a deeper understanding of God’s Love for you

• with gratitude that God first loved you, even when you did not know
how desperately you needed his loving mercy

• that God will help you love with Jesus’ kind of Love – a Love that
asks for nothing in return

Additional Scriptures:
Feel free to use the same questions for reflection.
• John 15:8–11
• Psalm 103:6–13
• Galatians 2:20

Advent week 1 devotion - Hope

HOPE

Pray that God will help you understand how Jesus comes to bring Hope
like no one else can offer.

Read this scripture passage: Luke 18:18–30

Consider this: We do not need to hope for anything if we have
everything. Here, Luke tells of a man who seemed to have everything but
really lacked the most important thing.

Reflection questions about our Scripture passage:

1. What do we learn about the world’s understanding of Hope?

2. What does this passage tell us about God’s perspective compared to
Man’s perspective about Hope?

3. What assurances or promises are found in this passage?

4. How would this passage be different if Jesus had not come?

Pray:

• for God to show you Hope from his perspective, not the world’s
perspective

• with thanksgiving that your Hope is rooted in eternity, not in the
temporary things of this world.

• that God will show you how to share the Hope of Jesus’ coming with
someone specific this Advent season

Additional Scriptures:
Feel free to use the same questions for reflection.
• 1 Corinthians 15:54–57
• Isaiah 9:6–7
• 1 Peter 1:3–9

Praying Our Way Forward December 2-8

DECEMBER 2, 2018, Prayer Theme: Active Waiting

Together, we enter this 28th week of the Council of Bishops call to Pray Our Way Forward. There are 11 more weeks before the February 23-26, 2019 special session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis. The entire United Methodist family is called to prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.

Below you will find the names of some of our leaders who will serve as delegates.  Please join us in prayer and fasting for them—that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. For 12 million United Methodist around the world, prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for participating in this global prayer initiative.

Please invite your family, your small group, your local congregation, your district, and your annual conference to join us in prayer.

Together we pray for a few of the 864 delegates and 200 alternates to the 2019 General Conference:

  1. John Makalu Kaumba, Laity, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  2. Tshiwewa Albert Masengo, Clergy, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  3. Mujinga Frederick Kakese, Laity, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  4. Mwongenu Pasa Muteba, Clergy, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  5. Chipeng Francois Kayemb, Laity, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  6. Lyemo Honore Kasongo, Clergy, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  7. Kyasowela Guy Mambwe, Laity, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  8. Tshikala Sylvain Ilunga, Clergy, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  9. Kalevu Fabrice Pwisa, Laity, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  10. Kabuya Daniel Moffat Kipembwe, Clergy, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  11. Kanyempa Simon Tshene, Laity, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  12. Yangana Sebego Sengando, Clergy, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  13. Kapwibwe Therese Lukenge, Laity, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  14. Mujinga Jolette Kaji, Clergy, South Congo, Congo Central Conference
  15. Lewis Dunn Nicholls, Laity, Kentucky, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  16. William T Arnold, Clergy, Kentucky, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  17. Janis N. Brown-Thompson, Laity, Kentucky, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  18. Thomas B Grieb, Clergy, Kentucky, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  19. Linda U King, Laity, Kentucky, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  20. Maxie D Dunnam, Clergy, Kentucky, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  21. John Rees Denham, Laity, Kentucky, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  22. Iosmar Alvarez-Alfonso, Clergy, Kentucky, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  23. Michael B Watts, Laity, Kentucky, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  24. Jean G Hawxhurst, Clergy, KENTUKentucky, CKY Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  25. Faye Blanch Christensen, Laity, Minnesota, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  26. Judith Kreager Zabel, Clergy, Minnesota, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  27. David Branch Nuckols, Laity, Minnesota, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  28. Woojae Im, Clergy, Minnesota, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  29. Laszlo Vukszta, Clergy, Ukraine-Moldava Provisional, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  30. Vasylyna Babych Kohutka, Laity, Ukraine-Moldava Provisional, Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference
  31. Beverly Ann Guy, Laity, West Michigan, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  32. Kennetha J Bigham-Tsai, Clergy, West Michigan, North Central Jurisdiction, USA

Together we pray for one member of the General Commission of the General Conference:
Bishop Thomas Bickerton.

Together we pray for one member of the General Conference Staff: Isabelle  Berger – Interpreter.

Together we pray for a few members of the Council of Bishops in the USA and around the world:
Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor of the Holston Episcopal Area and her spouse, Rusty Taylor;
Bishop Julius C. Trimble of the Indiana Episcopal Area;
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the Birmingham Episcopal Area and her spouse, Lee Padgett.

Together we pray for one member of the Commission on a Way Forward:
Leah Taylor, USA, Texas, laity, female

Together we pray for one United Methodist Commission or Agency and leader:
The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) challenges United Methodists to work in areas of important social concern and develops resources to inform, motivate, and train United Methodists on issues of social justice in the society. From the spring of 2014, the General Secretary of Church and Society has been the Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe (click here to learn more).


 

Praying our Way Forward



NOVEMBER 25, 2018

Together, we enter this 27th week of the Council of Bishops call to Pray Our Way Forward. There are 12 more weeks before the February 23-26, 2019 special session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis. The entire United Methodist family is called to prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.

Below you will find the names of some of our leaders who will serve as delegates.  Please join us in prayer and fasting for them—that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. For 12 million United Methodist around the world, prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for participating in this global prayer initiative.

Please invite your family, your small group, your local congregation, your district, and your annual conference to join us in prayer.

Together we pray for a few of the 864 delegates and 200 alternates to the 2019 General Conference:

  1. Beata Kay Ferris, Laity, DAKOTAS North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  2. Rebecca Trefz, Clergy, DAKOTAS North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  3. Alexis Kasole Maloba Ngoy, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  4. Joseph Ndala Mulongo, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  5. Marcel Mpoyo Lenge Masangu, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  6. Adolphe Mukaya Kitenge, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  7. Fernand Mwafi Ntambo, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  8. Bertin Wa Ngoy Kyungu, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  9. Bienvenu Munkana Nkulu, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  10. Ngoy Kazadi Pitshi, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  11. Benoit Mwana Kasongo, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  12. Louis Kasongo Bishimba, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  13. Stanislas Mutombo Ilunga, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  14. Roger Kayashingo Milele, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  15. Homere Kipoila Kilume, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  16. Mwanabute Bondo Nday, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  17. Jonas Mande Mbayo, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  18. Watete Ilunga Mbayu, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  19. Marcel Faliala Kakudji, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  20. Vagris Ilunga Kalangwa Umba, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  21. John Lumbule Ngoy, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  22. Daniel Masimango Mumba, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  23. Phainto Tshilayi Kanonge, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  24. Prudence Kichibi Mukalay, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  25. Gaston Nkulu Ntambo, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  26. Guy Kinkundulu Nyembo, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  27. Dorothee Tulia Abedi, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  28. Hanspeter Ndalamba Katek Kasongo, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  29. Angele Kitenge Kabamba, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  30. Sylvain Kasambay Nday, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  31. Fabrice Mujinga Ilunga, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  32. Betty Musau Kazadi, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  33. Nhoris Ngoy Mbayo, Laity, NORTH KATANGA Congo Central Conference
  34. Fidele Wa Kayembe Mwema, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA Congo Central Conference
  35. Honorine Mwad Mujing, Laity, NORTH KATANGA Congo Central Conference
  36. Gregoire Numbi Kalenga, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA Congo Central Conference
  37. Ildes Kabale Kalwenya Ilunga, Laity, NORTH KATANGA Congo Central Conference
  38. Arthur Wandulu Banza Nkulu, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA Congo Central Conference
  39. Elise Mbuya Ilunga, Laity, NORTH KATANGA Congo Central Conference
  40. Ben Banza Ilunga, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA Congo Central Conference
  41. Emmanuel Dibu Irung Ilunga, Laity, NORTH KATANGA Congo Central Conference
  42. Flaubert Numbi Kabange, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA Congo Central Conference
  43. Bertine Kyoni Kazadi, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  44. Gypsin Kyenge Nsungu Ilunga, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  45. Didier Banze Banza, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  46. Kasolwa Kandolo Ilunga, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  47. Eli Mukadi Tshiunde, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  48. Maxime Mwepu Mujinga Mbayo, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  49. Tshibaswaswa Godet Kamunga, Laity, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference
  50. Virginie Ndolo Kebele Umba, Clergy, NORTH KATANGA, Congo Central Conference

Together we pray for one member of the General Commission of the General Conference: Lauren Kjerstad

Together we pray for one member of the General Conference Staff: Karina Lashley – Interpreter

Together we pray for a few members of the Council of Bishops in the USA and around the world:
Bishop John R. Schol of the Greater New Jersey Episcopal Area and his spouse, Beverly Schol
Bishop Robert Schnase of the Rio Texas Episcopal Area and his spouse, Esther Schnase
Bishop Elaine J. Stanovsky of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area and her spouse, Clinton Stanovsky
Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr., of the Mississippi Episcopal Area and his spouse, Delphine Swanson

Together we pray for one member of the Commission on a Way Forward: Jasmine Rose Smothers, USA, Georgia, elder,

Together we pray for one United Methodist Commission or Agency and leader:
The Rev. Alfred T. Day, III, is now the chief historian for The United Methodist Church and the leader of the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH). This agency gathers, preserves, and disseminates materials on the history of The United Methodist Church and its antecedents. It maintains archives and a library in which the historical records are kept.

The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

by Lois Fox

 

Wednesday morning, October 3rd, 2018, I was having serious chest pain that my nitro could not resolve. So 9-1-1 was called. The emergency persons ran a few tests on me, and said yes, we did find some problems, so I was ambulanced and admitted to the hospital. Once I was admitted, they ran different tests, and hooked me up to a couple of machines as they also found problems with my heart. That afternoon Pastor John came to visit and pray with me, and briefly told me about the coming Sunday’s sermon, which would be about the Holy Spirit.

 

An echocardiogram (echo) test that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to make pictures of your heart was discussed and scheduled for Thursday to be followed by a cardio angiogram with stent.

 

When I was taken into the pre-op area Thursday, I asked the nurse if she was Christian, and would she pray with me? Which she did. And then I had the Echo. The Echo also showed problems with the heart.

 

I had to wait about two hours before the angiogram. When the surgeon came in to visit before the procedure, he told me that he understood I was also a Christian and could he pray with me before the procedure? So we prayed, giving thanks to God for surrounding me with other believers before this scary procedure, asking God to calm my nerves, and to guide the surgeons hands, etc., etc.

 

The procedure itself is not scary, even though the thought of it was. Inserting a needle from my wrist up into the heart, through my small veins! They give meds to put me out, and another kind that allows you to talk to the doctor as he's working on me, but gives me amnesia, so I remember nothing of the entire procedure. That worked wonderfully well. The results of the angiogram were no problems of any kind were found in the heart. Obviously no stent needed as no problems found. The power of prayer! When two or more are gathered in His name ---

 

When one is in the hospital, your primary physician is notified, but doesn’t take care of you there. You are assigned to a ‘hospitalist’ who visits you daily to take care of any needs and concerns you might have. I saw mine Wednesday and then again on Friday. When I saw him Friday, I asked why I didn’t see him on Thursday. He corrected me. He visited with me in the post-op room and we had a long chat about my church in Silverdale. I had no recollection of this, thanks to that amnesia med given me in the procedure room.

 

Never before had I asked any nurse or doctor if they were Christian, never brought up religion with any of them. Obviously, the Holy Spirit was guiding me every step of my journey in the hospital, from Wednesday visit with the pastor until during and after my procedures. Can’t wait to find where He guides me next.

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