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Stephen Ministers provide emotional and spiritual support and care to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, terminal illness, unemployment, chronic illness, relocation or loneliness.
They are among us!
 
No, we are not talking about angels or aliens. We are talking about individuals who care about others. The Scriptures describe their service well:
     “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”      
      (Heb. 13:3)
 
If you or someone you know is interested in doing more as a Christian caregiver, consider Stephen Ministry. This is our congregation’s one-to-one care giving ministry. Please contact Luann Weber or Carolyn Taylor for more information 262-367-6000.
 
Stephen Ministry- What is it all about?
 

Stephen Ministers are there:

     …after the phone call you hoped you’d never get.

     …after the divorce papers are served and the bottom falls out of your life.

     …after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.

     …after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home.”

     …after the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”

     …after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away–and the house suddenly seems empty.

     …after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.

     …after you find a pink slip with your final paycheck.

 Stephen Ministers are the “After People.”  They are ready to come alongside you, or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives, and provide comfort and support for as long after as needed.

To learn more about this program or to become a part of this program, contact Luann Weber or Carolyn Taylor at oursaviors@oursaviorshartland.org.

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Top 10 Books on Prayer
In prayer we acknowledge the greatness of God and recognize the privilege to call Him Father; in prayer we gain insight into how God thinks and receive strength to trust His will over our own; in prayer we seek forgiveness and the ability to forgive. If you are looking for some direction and inspiration on the topic of prayer, this list of Top 10 Christian Books on Prayer will provide you with a good start.
 
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Prayer Changes You

“Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.” Exodus 32:32
 

Prayer is not designed to change God; it is designed to change us. Prayer is not calling God in to bless our activities. Rather, prayer takes us into God’s presence, shows us His will, and prepares us to obey Him.

Moses climbed Mount Sinai and spent forty days communing with God. God showed him the wickedness of the Israelites (Exod. 32:7). Moses had not known their desperate condition; nor had he realized the imminence of God’s judgment upon them until God revealed it to him. As God made Moses aware of all that was at stake, Moses felt the same compassion for the people that God felt. Moses became willing to sacrifice his own life for his obstinate people. In a compelling and selfless prayer of intercession, Moses offered to have his own name blotted out of the book of life if God would spare the people. In Moses’ time with Him, God had formed a mighty intercessor for His people.
God will use your prayer times to soften your heart and change your focus. As you pray for others, the Holy Spirit will work in your heart so that you have the same compassion for them that God does (Rom. 8:26–27). If you do not love people as you should, pray for them. If you are not as active in God’s service as you know He wants you to be, begin praying. You cannot be intimately exposed to God’s heart and remain complacent. The time spent with God will change you and make you more like Christ.

Blackaby, Experiencing God

BE WILLING TO FOLLOW wherever I lead. Follow Me wholeheartedly, with glad anticipation quickening your pace. Though you don’t know what lies ahead, I know; and that is enough! Some of My richest blessings are just around the bend: out of sight, but nonetheless very real. To receive these gifts, you must walk by faith-—not by sight. This doesn’t mean closing your eyes to what is all around you. It means subordinating the visible world to the invisible Shepherd of your soul.
Sometimes I lead you up a high mountain with only My hand to support you. The higher you climb, the more spectacular the view becomes; also, the more keenly you sense your separation from the world with all its problems. This frees you to experience exuberantly the joyous reality of My Presence. Give yourself fully to these Glory-moments, awash in dazzling Light. I will eventually lead you down the mountain, back into community with others. Let My Light continue to shine within you as you walk among people again.

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 CORINTHIANS 5 : 7

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. PSALM 96 : 6

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” JOHN 8 : 12

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. PSALM 36 : 9