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
"It's not about the quilt; it's all about the prayers."
Prayers and Squares quilting group will meet Saturday, December 8. We will work on quilting projects from 10:00-11:15 a.m. We'll clean up our sewing and share lunch together. All are invited to bring a food to share. There will be a gift exchange. If you wish to participate, please bring a wrapped gift of $5-8.00 value.
St. Andrew Prayers and Squares is part of an international organization. It is an interfaith outreach organization that combines the gift of prayer with the gift of a hand-tied quilt. Many other groups make quilts for charitable causes. The purpose of Prayers & Squares is not to make and distribute quilts, but to promote prayer through the use of quilts. Our motto is: "It's not about the quilt; it's all about the prayers."
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 coming to ST. aNDREW
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! The next steps are to help educate everyone on what this ministry is, to start recruiting lay people in our congregation who are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, then to start with the training. The Caregiver’s Compass shows a few gifts a Stephen Minister should possess. Ask yourself...Do I care for others?...Do I believe in God?...Can I keep information confidential? If you can answer “Yes” to all three, then please prayerfully consider this ministry. Don’t worry about the “skilled” part. You will be given all the tools you need during the training sessions.
Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony.