Caring for our Church Family
A dedicated group of St. Andrew members volunteers to pray for those who request special prayers. We believe that intercessory prayer brings the presence, peace, and power of God into situations of need, lightening the burdens and offering the compassion of the community of faith. We also join with others in joyful prayer, giving thanks for God’s goodness.
If you, a member of your family, or a friend are in need of prayer, fill out the prayer request form here. Your request will be forwarded by email to the Prayer Team members, who will hold your cares in the light of God’s mercy and grace. If you would like to offer your prayers on behalf of others, fill out the “Request to Become Part of the Prayer Team Ministry” form on this page.
If you need immediate help for thoughts of self-harm, please contact:
USA National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1 (800) 273-8255
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish
Prayers and Squares—The Quilt Ministry
Prayer Pocket Squares Are Coming!
We will begin creating Prayer Pocket Squares in October. These are small squares that you can send in a card or letter to a friend, or give to someone at work to show you are thinking of them and praying for them. People do not have to make a request. They will be available in November in a basket in the atrium. Anyone can just look at the squares in the basket and choose one to give to someone. Let them know you care and are praying for them. If you are interested in helping with this project, come to one of our meetings in October.
Prayers and Squares will meet on Friday, October 4, and on Saturday, October 26 at 10:00 a.m. each date. We can use all helpers and you don't need to know how to sew. There are jobs that don't require sewing skills. Come join us to see what is involved in making the prayer quilts, help us begin our prayer pocket squares and enjoy some fellowship time.
~Frances Jornov, Prayers & Squares Coordinator
"It's not about the quilt; it's all about the prayers."
Can you touch a prayer?? Can you pull it close and feel its comfort?? You can if it's a prayer quilt from the Prayers and Squares quilt ministry. You can request a prayer quilt by completing the request form found at the welcome kiosk near the entrance to the sanctuary. Place it in the Prayers and Squares box in the office or give it to Frances Jornov. We have many quilts already completed and ready to dedicate and give. Prayers and Squares will be meeting Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. - noon in the library. If you currently participate, bring your project and join us. If you are curious about how we make the quilts, come visit. If you want to learn to make quilts, we would love to show you!
As stated on the Prayers and Squares web site—" The idea behind these prayer quilts is simple. A heavy thread is used to take stitches through the quilt layers, and the ends are left free to be tied with a square knot. As each knot is tied, a silent prayer is offered for someone in need – someone who has asked us to pray for them. The quilt is then given to that person. What makes each quilt unique is not the pattern, color, or workmanship, but the fact that prayer is symbolically tied into each one. These ‘comforters’ are a statement of faith, and a testimony to our belief in God and in the power of prayer." You are invited to go to the website and read more about the history of the organization beginning with a quilt made for a 2-year-old grandson, Kody, who ended up in a coma following heart surgery.
Anyone may request a prayer quilt. It can be for family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. The group has many quilts already completed and in our cabinets, so when you make a request we will usually have one ready for dedication (knot tying) the next Sunday. The person requesting the quilt picks it up after our 11:00 worship service and delivers it to the person.
If you are interested in helping to create prayer quilts, you are invited to come to our meetings. You don’t need to have sewing skills to help with the quilts and you do not need to be a member of St. Andrew. If you need fellowship and a peaceful morning, you are invited to come to be with us--sit and visit, sit and listen—it’s a good place to just be.
The meetings are normally on a Saturday morning from 10-12:00. Please call the church to find out the next meeting date as it varies each month.
Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers, called Stephen Ministers, to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting on a one-to-one basis. Following training this summer, Angie Hillis-Baurle is now a Stephen Leader and very excited about this opportunity! Our 3 Stephen Ministers have completed the 50 hours of training. They continue to meet twice a month for continuing education and peer supervision along with the Stephen Leader. We are ready to work one-on-one with our care receivers. The first step is referral, and then to meet with the Stephen Leader to make sure that this ministry is the best fit for him/her. If you would like more information, please contact Angela Hillis-Baurle at Mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
"…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.