Prayer in a Time of Transition
Beginning in August 2018, there will be a congregation of the Montana Region, congregation of the Northwest Region, or a related issue held up in prayer each week for seventeen months. Find this week's focus here, in your email inbox, Facebook, and Twitter. Help us pray together, for one another, in hope while we transition into becoming one.
Week 13 | October 21-27
Creston Christian Church - Creston, WA
110 NE Foster
Creston, WA 99117
Pastor Guy Schmielau
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Creston Christian Church was founded in 1909, and is lovingly known as, “The little Church in the wheat fields.”
As we strive to faithfully and joyfully serve Christ Jesus, we are committed to the following goals:
- Fully “live out” our Vision Statement as we celebrate God’s love in our lives.
- Encourage worship, prayer, Bible studies, fellowship, and service in our congregation.
- Promote spiritual growth as we acknowledge the gifts and fruits given us by the Holy Spirit.
- Seek ways to balance stewardship, mission, and outreach.
- Work at becoming more visible in our community as we all share in the challenges that face us.
- Build a bridge of concern and commitment to our local youth.
- Promote the love of Christ Jesus through our ecumenical relations, locally and globally.
- Establish our Church building as a safe and usable facility, welcoming to all.
We ask for your ongoing prayers, as we seek the Good Lord’s guidance and strength.
Week 12 | October 14-20
First Christian Church - Clarkston, WA
840 10th Street
Clarkston, WA 99403
Rev. David L. Carringer
First Christian Church was founded in March 1899. We are a strong and vital congregation who Learn Christ, Love Christ and Live Christ trying to serve God in all we do. We feed the hungry, house the homeless, visit the sick and pray for the prisoners.
Please prayer for God to strengthen and guide us in our ministry.
Week 11 | October 7-13
Chelan Christian Church - Chelan, WA
210 E Wapato Avenue
Chelan, WA 98816
Pastor Mark Wilton
Chelan Christian Church was founded in January of 1909 and the church building is over 100 years old. We are a small but faithful congregation made up mostly of long time residences of Chelan who have grown up together in this church. Many attending high school together. We are a very family oriented church.
We would like to be prayed for that we can continue serving this resort community and that we can grow in Christ.
Week 10 | September 30 - October 6
“Embracing the Call” is the theme for the 2018 Reconciliation Offering to be received in Disciples congregations September 30th and Oct. 7th. Drawing on the text from Micah 6:8, we are reminded that God calls us to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” The Reconciliation offering is used to “fund our Church’s mission imperative to become an pro-reconciling and anti-racist church utilizing experiential education, inclusive worship and intentional dialogue. Our efforts to promote healing, relationship and restoration in the whole family of God are enlivened by funds from this offering. Through it we are able to provide programs for leadership development, curriculum for dialogue and learning, and partnerships within the Church and our communities.” (from the Mission statement found on the Reconciliation website: www.reconciliationministry.org)
In the Northwest and Montana regions, Reconciliation grant dollars will be used to help offset the cost of hosting two Winter Talks in 2019. Look for more information about these important opportunities to hear and learn from our Native American sisters in Yakima and at Cane Ridge West.
This week our Regional Prayer Calendar focus centers on the Reconciliation Offering. Please be in prayer both for those who will give to this important offering, and for the ways these gifts will be used to address issues of racism, both individual and systemic, in our church, communities, and world.
Week 9 | September 23 - 29
First Christian Church - Bremerton, WA
Founded Nov. 19, 1919
We're preparing to celebrate 100 years of ministry in Bremerton and are excited to discern God's vision for another hundred years of sharing good news on the Kitsap Peninsula!
We're recovering from some minor flooding in our basement, so please pray that we find the patience to endure the long process of restoration and the vision to take advantage of this opportunity to try something different.
Week 8 | September 16 - 22
Grand Avenue Christian - Bozeman, MT
110 S. Grand Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Rev. Dr. Ed Combs, Pastor
Formed in 1889, the Downtown Bozeman Church serves as host congregation to Yellowstone Theological Institute, a graduate theological Seminary in formation.
Please pray that Grand Avenue Church would be faithful to God’s Call.
Week 7 | September 9-15
Seeker's Harbor Faith Community is a network of small groups who focus on reaching out to those alienated from church, creating safe space and journeying together. We encourage, equip, and empower individuals to discover and share their unique ministry in their communities and beyond.
We ask for prayers for:
- The women at the Montana Women's Prison in Billings, MT (especially those who attend our group there).
- Those who participate in our HIV+ group
- The Spread the Word 406 group that feeds the homeless in Billings
- New groups developing in other towns
Week 6 | September 2-8
Common Table Retreat, Rathdrum, Idaho
The Common Table of the Montana and Northwest Regions will be meeting in retreat, Sept 7-8th in Rathdrum/Coeur d'Alene Idaho. With more than 50 people gathered from all around the Northwest and Montana regions, participants will help give, voice, shape, direction and design for this new region affirmed by both regions. They will move forward decisions and plans that will bring new partnerships, opportunities and relationships for Disciples and their congregations throughout the Northwest, Montana and beyond.
We invite your prayers for the relationships that will be formed in this time, the vision that will be more clearly seen, the designs, plans and decisions that will be made, and especially for the mission and ministry that will rise from this new region.
Week 5 | August 26- September 1
Rev. Dr. Ruth Fletcher
This week we are invited to pray for Rev. Dr. Ruth Fletcher as she completes her 16 year tenure as Regional Minister for the Christian Church in Montana and begins retirement on September 1.
We give thanks for her ministry among the Montana congregations, and her prior years serving in the Northwest Region, and for all of the lives she has touched along the way, and for her husband, Ron Greene, and the gifts they offer together.
We pray for love, joy, new challenges and new possibilities in retirement as Ruth moves into the next phase of life's journey and give thanks in anticipation for the ways God will continue to use her to bless the whole church.
Week 4 August 19-25
Central Christian Church, Billings, MT
1221 16th Street W
Billings, Montana 59102
Rev. Doug Garner, Pastor
Founded in 1955
Central Christian provides 3500 volunteer hours per year to various projects around the city of Billings. From providing food, to folding luminaries, to adopting the local elementary school, they provide food for back-pack meals, winter clothing for children in need and school supplies for back-to-school.
Central Christian delivers holiday meals to homebound seniors and provides home starter boxes to victims of domestic abuse that are making a new start in their lives. They also make meeting and learning space available, to non-profit organizations in their community. Central Christian functions far beyond its numerical size.
Please pray that they are able to grow our local mission.
Week 3: August 12-18
First Christian Church, Bellingham, WA
495 East Bakerview Rd
Bellingham, Washington 98226
Rev. Gary Shoemaker, Pastor
Rev. Tamalyn Kralman, Associate Pastor
Founded in 1985, Bellingham First Christian Church is in the upper northwest corner of Washington on the shores of the Salish Sea.
The congregation is very active in local outreach efforts. They house a Day Center for homeless children and their families. They have a community meal for homeless and working poor and host a garden and support program for the children of migrant workers through Community to Community and the Food Justice Program.
Currently, First Christian, Bellingham is working with a local non-profit to build a 54 unit apartment complex for extremely low income (including homeless folks).
Please pray that they might continue to find new ways to walk in the way of Jesus.
Week 2: August 5-11
First Christian Church, Anchorage, AK
3031 Latouche Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99580
Senior Pastor Paul Boling
Associate Pastor Dave Boling
First Christian Church of Anchorage serves their community in a variety of ways. The congregation has a strong relationship with Alaska Child and Family and also supports the Foot Wound Clinic at Anchorage Central Lutheran Church among other interests. Please continue to keep this congregation and especially its ministers, David and Paul Boling, as they grieve the recent loss of their father, Rev. Benny Boling.
Week 1: August 1-4
United Christian Church on Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, WA
300 W 1st St
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Pastor Jeff Johnson
United Christian on Grays Harbor serves the homeless in their area. Please pray for their mission to others and for an increase in church attendance so they may continue to serve.
(A PDF of the complete schedule is attached below, but it is subject to change without notice.)