Monthly Prayer Vigil
First Saturday of every month from 10:00am – 4:00pm in Grace’s sanctuary. The front door will be open.
Stephen Ministers
Stephen Ministers are available to pray with or for you every Sunday during communion. Just go to a prayer station in the narthex or at the side doors, and a Stephen Minister will pray with you. Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care and are specially trained to meet your emotional & spiritual needs. If you or someone you know is hurting, talk with our Stephen Leader, Judy Lukens.
Prayer Box
If you miss the opportunity to stop by one of the prayer stations, there is now a “prayer box” locatedin the narthex. Please complete the prayer request slip, place it in the box & the Stephen Ministers will pray for you. These can be anonymous or if you prefer you can include your name. Remember everything with & through the Stephen Ministry remains confidential. Always know we are here for you! In Christ’s great love, your Stephen Ministry.
Caring Crafters
The Caring Crafters love to pray for our congregation, our loved ones, our community. Come join us!
Caring Crafters meet Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30AM in the All Purpose Room. Join us weekly as we continue with prayer shawls or scarves, monthly cards, small gift projects for shut-ins and weekly prayer for individuals & our congregation. We often continue our social interaction by traveling to lunch. Everyone is welcome to join us. No experience needed. Call Sue Perry for info.
Prayer Chain
Prayer lists name our concerns & thanksgivings, and are a way to stay connected to God and to the needs of others.
New, Short Term and Immediate Prayer Needs are located in the Ledger of your bulletin each week.
Monthly Prayer Lists are available on the back windowsill in the Narthex & in the Pew Racks.  Please take a list home with you to enhance your daily devotions & prayer life; also use it to help you prepare your heart for worship with prayer.  Contact Jan Slack with your prayer concerns for the Prayer List.
October About Prayer 
     “All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired”.-Martin Luther
October brings with it many things, crisp fall days, trees with many vibrant colors, football games, pumpkins, cider,  Halloween and Reformation.
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his “Ninety Five Thesis to the door of The All Saints Church. These were a listing of controversial points Martin Luther had with the Roman Catholic Church. Our Lutheran denomination emerged as a result of the Protestant Reformation and the splitting from the Church.
Martin Luther had many things to say about prayer:
  • Prayer is simple, formal words of expression
  • You can speak with God, in your heart, even when you are working
  • You should never doubt your prayer. You should confidently expect from God One of two things: either that your prayer will be granted, or if it is not, the granting of it would not be good for you; or something better will be given instead.
  • We should lay our need before God but not prescribe a measure, manner, time, or place. We must leave that to God.
  • There is nothing Christians should do more frequently than praying.
  • A good prayer mustn’t be too long. The fewer the words the better the prayer.
  • Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.
  • Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon.
As you can see, God and prayer can be everywhere in our words and also in our thoughts and  in our hearts. Have a mind “full” of God always!
Prayer Vigils are on the first Saturday of each month; the next one is on 10/6 in the sanctuary. Please come in the front door. Sue Perry

About Prayer/ November of 2018

1 Corinthians 10:13 New International Version (NIV) 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
The calendar is showing that it is November. The air is crisp. The smells of pumpkin and turkey will soon be in our kitchens. But what is in our hearts? Does the beginning of November remind us that Thanksgiving is soon? It is time to thank our God for all he has given? But what exactly does God give us?
This was a question being discussed in a recent ADULT Sunday Class when we were discussing Half Truths by Adam Hamilton. The chapter was titled “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle.” As we were reading, I was thinking “why exactly do we pray?” The author points out that the better way to think of it is that “God will help you handle all that you’ve been given. “ Living on earth gives us many challenging issues concerning our health, our finances, our relationships and everyone experiences bad with the good. Life just happens. Prayer is our communication with God. Our talk and requests for Him to sustain and walk with us. To convey to God what is wrong and that we need help. To ask God, “please place people and situations to help me handle this problem.” Asking God to help by allowing God’s Spirit in others to help and also to guide you in the understanding of the right choice for you. Thank you God for always being there whenever we need You to comfort, to send others, to guide our way. You are our refuge and strength! Sue Perry
Prayer Vigil is November 3rd, from 10 AM-4 PM in the sanctuary at Grace. Come in the front door!
Psalm 46:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.

October Prayer Focus

19: Evaluate Your Life Day
20: Those suffering from alcoholism (Alcohol Awareness Week)
21: Inventors ((Thomas Edison invents light bulb)
22: Neighbors (Make A Difference Day)
23: Mothers –in-law (Day)
24: United Nation’s Day
25: Beauty of changing leaves
26: Peace, friendship, and goodwill (P., F., and G. Week)
27: Peaceful Autumn Day (Cranky Co-Workers Day)
28: Garment workers (Eli Whitney invents cotton gin in 1793)
29: Pennsylvania (William Penn lands in Chester, PA 1682)
30: Eating healthy (Vegetarian Month and Candy Corn Day!) 31. Lutherans (Reformation Day)

November Prayer Focus

1: Special people (All Saint’s Day)
2: Look for Circles’ Day
3: Homemakers (Housewife’s Day)
4: Caregivers (National Caregiver’s Appreciation Month)
5: Football players (AFL formed in 1960)
6: Saxophone players (Saxophone Day)
7: Those suffering from diabetes (Diabetes Month)
8: Great Chefs (Cook Something Bold Day)
9: The safety of our children (National Child Safety Council founded 1955)
10: All Marines (US Marine Corps Day)
11: Veterans (Veteran’s Day)
12: Variety of food available to us (National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day)
13: Kindness (World Kindness Day))
14: All nurses (Operating Nurse Week)
15: Things that give us comfort {National Teddy Bear Day)
16: American Educators (American Education Week)
17: Peace (World Peace Day)
18: Those suffering from lung cancer (Lung Cancer Awareness Week)
19: Those dying in wars (Abraham Lincoln gives Gettysburg Address)
20: Children of all ages (Universal Children’s Day)
21: Personal communication (World Hello Day)
22: All of our blessings this year (Thanksgiving Day)
23: Wise spending (Black Friday)
24: All Native Americans (Native American Heritage Month)
25: Meaningful worship
26: Family time together
27: All those afflicted with Alzheimer’s (Alzheimer’s Disease Month)
28: Easy Nutrition (French Toast Day)
29: Our Grace family (Family Week)
30: Safety with computers (Computer Security Day)