Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

Dear God,

I am full of wishes,

full of desires,

full of expectations.

Some of them may be realized, many may not,

but in the midst of all my satisfactions and disappointments,

I hope in you.

I know that you will never leave me alone

and will fulfill your divine promises.

Even when it seems that things are not going my way,

I know that they are going your way

and that in the end your way is the best way for me.

O Lord, strengthen my hope,

especially when my many wishes are not fulfilled.

Let me never forget that your name is Love.

 

Henri Nouwen, With Open Hands

  

As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:
 
  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included specifically on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider the needs of, others.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer. 
 
Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):
 
  • DivorceCare Ministry at UMMBC – a Christ-Centered ministry for people hurting from separation and divorce. Session 7 of 13 is tonight.
  • The Art of Marriage Conference at UMMBC last weekend was a success. 
  • Sermon Series at UMMBC: Who Am I? Sermon yesterday: You Are a Disciple
  • Pink Sunday at UMMBC to honor breast cancer survivors and increase awareness of breast cancer.
Please Pray For:
 
  • Georgia R. – for emotional healing.
  • Miller Allen (and family) – on the death of his brother.
  • Michelle Cook (and family) – on the death of her niece.
  • Tony Burton – requests prayer for his family.
  • Please continue to pray for our country that politicians and elected officials will put the interest of people before their personal/party interest.
  • DivorceCare Ministry prayer requests from participants:  A little boy name Gary who is sick and his family is emotionally and spiritually tired. Pray for his healing, strength and peace for his family. A friend whose family is dealing with the loss of a love one. Looking for a better job as the current one is not looking good at this time. Pray for Robert Kennedy Jr., Raven Kennedy, Graham and Johnson family for peace and understanding and that God’s will be done in my life. Pray that Angie Morgan will stay healthy during her Chemotherapy treatments. To find a secure job, experience spiritual guidance and to count my blessings each day. Patience, Temperance and Understanding. Pray for me in my new home and that I will be able to afford it. That my family will be safe and blessed. Pray for all the children. There are seven.
  • Celina Bailey – for sanity, maturity and peace as she struggles with making good life choices.
  • Wenna Phelps – for her sister (Sheila James) who is facing health challenges.
The Benediction in pictures: 
 
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

The prayer preceding all prayers is “May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.”

– C.S. Lewis
 
 
As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:
 
  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included specifically on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider the needs of, others.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer. 
 
Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):
 
  • DivorceCare Ministry at UMMBC – a Christ-Centered ministry for people hurting from separation and divorce. Session 6 of 13 is tonight.
  • A tribute to my niece, Alana Monet Alston  the sweet life.
  • For God’s traveling mercies for Angela, Yasmeen and Maggie last week; now safely home.
  • An unexpected gift from a friend, Vernon –  (2 Carolina Panther tickets) to the game yesterday. 
  • Dinner with friends Friday evening at Keaton’s BBQ  great food and a lot of laughter. 
  • The end of the government shutdown and temporary debt ceiling extension. 
  • Louis Smith  on the good news his son (Dwayne) received concerning his cancer treatment  a good scan report.
Please Pray For:
 
  • Georgia R. – for emotional healing.
  • The Purdy Family – on the loss of his wife’s mother this weekend in Houston, Texas
  • Robert Scott (and family) – on the loss of another family member, an aunt last week.
  • Please continue to pray for our country that politicians and elected officials will put the interest of people before their personal/party interest.
  • Please pray for the upcoming Art of Marriage Conference on Oct. 25-26, 2013 at UMMBC.
  • Celina Bailey – for sanity, maturity and peace as she struggles with making good life choices.
  • Wenna Phelps – for her sister (Sheila James) who is facing health challenges.
The Benediction in pictures: 
 
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

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The prayer preceding all prayers is “May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.”

– C.S. Lewis
 
 
As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:
 
  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included specifically on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider the needs of, others.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer. 
 
Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):
  • DivorceCare Ministry at UMMBC – a Christ-Centered ministry for people hurting from separation and divorce. Session 5 is tonight.
  • Felicia Bennet-Giles – for being a great friend to Angela and being there when needed to support her and Alana.
  • To Angela’s support system  Nancy, Bobby, Eileen and other church members who have been present in praying and staying with Alana while she was in the hospital.
  • Family, friends and the eLectronic cHurch – for your thoughts, encouragement and prayers during this time of our loss.
  • The life of Alana Monet Alston – she was a beautiful soul. She fought the good fight with a beautiful spirit, a bright smile, and a big heart full of compassion and dreams. Here she is in pictures. 
  • New Sermon Series at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church: Who Am I?
 
  • Georgia R. – for emotional healing.
  • William Tuck (and his family) – on the loss of his mother last week.
  • DivorceCare Ministry at UMMBC and these prayer requests from the participants: Safety for their families and children Better relationship with God.. Job and employment opportunities. Finances and full time job. Better relationship between father and children. Health issues with a father and mom in coping with it. Deal with the anger toward ex spouse. Patience with the children. Understanding  what I am going through now. Speedy recovery for Angie’s health. Lower my blood pressure. Lower daycare cost. My children, finding an affordable home and we all get closer to God by serving him each and every day. My son who is graduating from high school and him dealing with the divorce. Me, co-workers  and the multiple loss of long term patients. That I find peace in this journey of Divorce. To maintain intimate relationship with the Lord. For a friend who needs help but will not seek it. That my children’s father will be there for them. That my healing will bless the whole family. Better time management and more supportive and understanding parent. Become debt free and healing for my children.
  • My family, as we prepare to attend the homegoing celebration service for Alana Monet Alston this afternoon.
  • Pray for our country that politicians and elected officials will put the interest of people before their personal/party interest.
  • Please pray for the upcoming Art of Marriage Conference on Oct. 25-26, 2013 at UMMBC.
  • Celina Bailey – for sanity, maturity and peace as she struggles with making good life choices.
  • Bill Yates – pray for pain management and a new procedure that hopefully will work.
  • Wenna Phelps – for her sister (Sheila James) who is facing health challenges.
The Benediction in pictures: 
 
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Alana Monet Alston . . .

1013539_595737557151423_453777044_aMiss Alana Monet Alston, age 22, spread her wings and flew to her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Alana was a vibrant and loving young lady. She touched many lives in her 22 years. She loved God and did not hesitate to express this. She was incredibly creative, and this was evident in her original fashion designs and photographic eye. Her friends and family recognized her as an expert on hair, makeup, and clothing. She graduated from Reynolds High School in 2010, and attended the Arts Institute of Philadelphia. Alana loved to laugh and have fun. She had the talent of imitating different accents, and according to her sisters, Yasmeen and Maggie, they spent hours just laughing and having fun.

Alana was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Florence Alston; her aunt, Gloria Alston; and her step-father, Charles Boyd.

She leaves to continue her legacy, her mother, Angela Alston-Boyd; her father, Kenneth Smoot; four sisters, Yasmeen Alston, Maggie Alston-Boyd, Kayla Smoot and Monique Barr; two brothers, Charles Boyd Jr. and Timmothy Boyd; her grandfather, Eldridge Alston (Shirley); her uncle, Nigel Alston (Sarah); her cousin, Wali Alston (Stephanie); and a host of other relatives and friends.

Homegoing services for Alana will be held at one o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 14th day of October in the year 2013 at Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church. Visitation will be held at twelve o’clock noon. The family will assemble at the home; 2565 Wallingford Road, Winston-Salem, NC.

Special thanks to her godmother, Felecia Bennett-Giles and family friends, Eileen Rice and Nancy Armstrong for their love and devotion during this time. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the doctors and nurses of the 4A ICU at WFBH who so diligently cared for her during this period of illness. Your compassion and professionalism are commendable.

Please Pray and Give Thanks . . .

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer;
and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

 
 
As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:
 
  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included specifically on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider the needs of, others.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer. 
 
Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):
 
  • DivorceCare Ministry at UMMBC – a Christ-Centered ministry for people hurting from separation and divorce. Session 4 is tonight. Eight people returned last week.
  • Felicia Bennet-Giles – for being a great friend to Angela and being there when needed to support her and Alana.
  • To Angela’s support system  Nancy, Bobby and other church members who have been present in praying and staying with Alana in the hospital.
  • Friends who know when to call, what to say and offer words of encouragement.
 
  • Georgia R. – for emotional healing.
  • DivorceCare Ministry at UMMBC and these prayer requests from the participants: Safety for their families and children Better relationship with God.. Job and employment opportunities. Finances and full time job. Better relationship between father and children. Health issues with a father and mom in coping with it. Deal with the anger toward ex spouse. Patience with the children. Understanding  what I am going through now. Speedy recovery for Angie’s health. Lower my blood pressure. Lower daycare cost. My children, finding an affordable home and we all get closer to God by serving him each and every day. My son who is graduating from high school and him dealing with the divorce. Me, co-workers  and the multiple loss of long term patients. That I find peace in this journey of Divorce. To maintain intimate relationship with the Lord. For a friend who needs help but will not seek it. That my children’s father will be there for them. That my healing will bless the whole family. Better time management and more supportive and understanding parent. Become debt free and healing for my children.
  • Sonia Barbre – on the death of her mother. Her funeral was this weekend.
  • Pray for our country that politicians and elected officials will put the interest of people before their personal/party interest.
  • Alana Alston (my niece) – she remains in ICU and continues to hang in there.
  • Please pray for the upcoming Art of Marriage Conference on Oct. 25-26, 2013 at UMMBC.
  • Robert Scott and his family (for his uncle, Hack) – he died last week after a long illness and will be remembered today at his homegoing service.
  • Louis and Vanessa Smith (for their son Dwayne) – he cancer has returned. They ask for Prayer Warriors and Intercessors standing in the gap to intercede and to thank God for the Healing of their son. He was also married this weekend.
  • Celina Bailey – for sanity, maturity and peace as she struggles with making good life choices.
  • Bill Yates – pray for pain management and a new procedure that hopefully will work.
  • Wenna Phelps – for her sister (Sheila James) who is facing health challenges.
The Benediction in pictures: 
 
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Festival of Faith and Culture . . . Register Now

Jerry McLease, Chairperson,Interfaith Winston-Salem requests help in promoting the free Festival of Faith and Culture on Nov. 10 at the Gateway YWCA in Winston-Salem.  The festival will offer opportunities for K-5 children to learn about the traditions of their neighbors through hands-on arts and crafts activities, a food court, cultural displays and a performance area.

Children in grades K-5 are invited (with parents) to participate from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, November 10 in an afternoon of interfaith activities at the Gateway YWCA in Winston-Salem.

They will learn about other faiths and cultures in four activity centers: 

  1. arts and crafts, where they will make take-home items that tell stories about there traditions;
  2. performance, where they will learn through storytelling, music and acting;
  3. cultures, where students from Wake Forest University will share traditions from African (Kwanzaa), East Asian, Southeast Asian/Middle Eastern, and South/Central/Latin America cultures and
  4. a food court, where samples of foods from other countries are available.
The event is sponsored by Interfaith Winston-Salem and will involve students from several cultural organizations at Wake Forest and leaders from worship centers in the Winston-Salem area.
Feel free to share this Festival of Faith and Culture Poster and register here.