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Support if You’re Divorced or Grieving



The weeks leading up to the holidays can be tough when you’re divorced or grieving the loss of a loved one, but we can help. Come to a one-day video seminar designed to provide you with coping strategies and hope for the future.


Topics include:

  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • Helpful tips about traditions and other coming changes
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events


GRIEFSHARE Surviving the Holidays

  • Nov 12, Sunday, 11 am, Glass Classroom at First Prez
  • Register:


DIVORCECARE Surviving the Holidays:

  • Nov 14, Tues, 6:30 pm, 4th/5th grade classroom at First Prez
  • Register:


40 Days of Prayer and Fasting





Feb 15-March 31, 2018


Fasting is one of the spiritual disciplines we need to develop if we want to grow deeper in our relationship with God. It’s also a way of awakening our spiritual zeal, which we ought to have if we follow the Lord who is alive and always at work around us. 


Fasting is abstaining from a meal, a specific food, a specific drink, or a specific activity so that we can disconnect from regular patterns or habits for a while and focus more of God. It’s like getting a spiritual reboot!



  • SPECIFIC FOOD FAST: Choosing to abstain from specific foods like meat, processed or fast foods, desserts, coffee, alcohol, and soda to name a few.
  • SPECIFIC ACTIVITY FAST: Choosing to abstain from a regular activity or habit, like engaging in social media and watching TV, and instead devoting the time to prayer, solitude in order to listen to God, and the reading of the Bible and Christian books. 
  • JUICE FAST: Consuming vegetable and fruit juices and water, instead of solid food. Even if you choose not to make your entire fast liquids-only, substituting liquids for one or two meals is another alternative.
  • DANIEL FAST: Consuming only the food that the prophet Daniel (in the Bible) ate while he fasted. According to the book of Daniel chapter 1, Daniel fasted by having only vegetables and water. In another time that he fasted, Daniel abstained from meat, wine, and rich foods, according to Daniel chapter 10.




Fasting will lead us closer to the Lord if combined with daily prayer time and the daily reading of the Bible. When praying, let’s make our primary goal to know Jesus more and experience Him more. Simply talk to Him. Choose a place and time where we can seek Him daily. Schedule it in, if that will help.




There are many free tools available to help us get started on reading passages of the Bible every day. Here are a few of them:




Here are other ideas that can help make your fasting experience more pleasant and meaningful:

  • Choose a fast that will work for you. The fast will need to present some level of difficulty for you, but be realistic and commit to that fast.
  • If fasting from specific food, please consult with your physician first, especially if you have health concerns, if you’re pregnant, or if you’re nursing a baby.
  • If fasting from specific food or drink, make a fasting calendar that fits your plan so you can see what each day looks like.
  • Stock on items you need so you don’t easily give in to temptation to break your fast.
  • Make it a priority to be around other believers during the fast. This will encourage you to keep on going when the fasting gets difficult.
  • If you mess up, please don’t get discouraged. Just get right back on and continue your fast as planned. The Lord will give you the grace and the strength to finish the fast. 
  • Let’s not let what we’re fasting from be the focus of our fast. The main thing is to draw closer to God while we’re fasting.  

















Healing Service

March 4, Sunday, 2 pm, Sanctuary



If you’re wanting prayers for physical or emotional healing, come to the next Healing Service. Expect a time of quiet worship of our Lord, a message of hope, and an extended time of private prayer with compassionate prayer warriors. Come and bring a friend.



Here are comments from some people who were prayed for at one of our healing services: 


“When they were praying for me I had my head bowed & eyes closed while the two prayer counselors had their hands on my shoulders. Then I felt a hand physically touching me on my heart and warmth & tingling went through my body. I opened my eyes to see who was touching me, but there wasn’t any hand I could see. I felt loved, closer to God, and it changed my perspective on organized religion. It’s removed my skepticism and increased my faith that God really hears my prayers.”


“I was healed in my emotions. I feel closer to God and loved.”


“I felt very mellow & peaceful – I want to go again.”


“I felt that my love for my wife was revived! I felt emotional about it. I felt healed and understood; closer to God and His presence.”


“I want to do it again. I had bad back pain and when the Pastor prayed for the whole group my pain went away. When he prayed my pain was relieved and I knew he was praying for me. Before this I was skeptical about God and church stuff but now I know He is there.”


“I felt God’s Spirit come into my body. There was warmth, tingling within me, like a weight was lifted, and lightness in my soul.”


“I asked for prayer for my emotions, and I felt like it went well, that things just went right. I felt like they cared, and I’d like to go back again. I felt a greater sense of peace after.”


“It felt so good being in an environment with so many good people – no gangs, no one around who would hurt me, very safe & secure.”


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