If Trinity’s Prayer Team had a motto, it could be: “No one walks alone.” This group of 17 church members spends countless minutes lifting people up in prayer weekly.
Debbie Fisher prays during a morning walk for those on the prayer list. Judith Parker prays their names out loud. Some write notes. Others make phone calls.
“It’s an affirmation of all of us being God’s hands and feet,” said Kathleen Schneider. Betty Anderson hopes the prayers give people strength by pointing them in the direction of God’s care. The comfort of knowing, added Susanne Sawyer, “that you’re on somebody’s mind.”
The need is growing. In one recent meeting, prayer team members spent an hour sharing updates. Prayer requests ranged from a church member facing surgery to families affected by cancer and Alzheimer’s. Of course, Covid-19 complicates it all.
The Prayer Team is changed by the virus, too. Their small, in-person meetings morphed into well-attended weekly Zoom calls They pray for those affected by social distancing and remote learning.
Trinity’s 2020 theme, ConnectTPC, focuses on the connection to God, neighbors and church family. The Prayer Team embodies that spirit in how its members care deeply and pray deeply. It’s bonded them to each other and to those they pray over.
Anyone who would like to share a confidential prayer request can contact Rev. Rebecca Heilman, HERE.
MEMORIAL CHURCH’S MISSION & EVANGELISM MINISTRY TEAM
ENRICHMENT BACKPACK INITIATIVE
The Mission and Evangelism Ministry Team of Memorial Presbyterian church in partnership with the Charlotte Area Fund is preparing to launch its Enrichment Backpack Initiative in November, 2020. The Drive-Thu events will be held at Bruns Elementary School and University Park Arts Academy.
On October 21st & 23rd, 2020 Co-Chairs, Judith Cowan and Delores McNair were joined by Norman and Mae Little, their daughter Angela Jordan, Dorothy Counts-Scoggins of Memorial Presbyterian Church and volunteers from the Charlotte Area Fund and Food Lion Corporate Office to prepare 358 backpacks for the children of Bruns Elementary School. This is the first step to enrich and support the learning experiences of children K-5 in communities on the Northwest Corridor.
With the support of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Atrium Health, the Census Bureau, The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Dept., The Men’s Council, Education and Equipment Ministry Team and Presbyterian Women of Memorial, we were able to include age appropriate books, mask for children and parents, sanitizer, hand wipes, personal items, school supplies, and water bottles. COVID workbooks for the children and COVID Safety information in English and Spanish were also provided.
Memorial Presbyterian Church will continue this partnership with the Charlotte Area Fund and others in our community to enrich and support the lives of children and families in the Northwest Corridor.
CENTRAL STEELE CREEK’S MORNING COFFEE MINISTRY TO Y PARENTS
In September Rev. Mark Lee and volunteers began serving coffee to Y parents dropping off their children who attend the Y Back to School program on our campus. With masks and gloves on we offer coffee to the Y parents in their cars and let them know we support them during these challenging times of COVID19 restrictions. Along with coffee, parents are provided a prayer request form that they can return to Rev. Lee. The prayer requests received have created a special connection between our Y parents and members of our church. In Central’s Friday emails and on Sunday during our in-person worship services that are live streamed, we share the prayer requests and pray for our Y parents. One prayer request received was from a young couple facing financial challenges for the down payment on their first home. Members of our church who work in the mortgage industry were able to reach out and provide guidance to the couple. This resulted in a reduction of the amount of the down payment required. From a simple gesture of a cup of coffee we are connecting with our Y parents during this pandemic to let them know God and Central loves them. We ask that you join us in praying for our Y parents as prayer requests include: prayers for family, kids, and finances, and for relatives who are struggling with drug addiction to make wiser choices.