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The Power of Prayer – St. Francis, Scottsbluff ECW

Blanket team (left to right): Barb Manasek, Nancy Kepler, Ann Peterson, Sandy Gibson, Nina Betz, and Collette Suhr.

Prayer is one of the most important things a Christian can do.  It must come from the heart, and doesn’t have to be something difficult or complicated.  It can be done anywhere at any time.  The Episcopal Church Women at St. Francis Church in Scottsbluff do all we can to make our church community one full of prayer.

Pati McLellan heads up a prayer chain of women and clergy who pray for anyone whose name is called in whether it’s an emergency or on our weekly prayer list.  She includes suggested prayers in her emails to us.  We are also kept updated on loved one’s progress, if it is available for sharing.

Our Courtesy Committee (responsibility changes monthly) sends Birthday, Anniversary, Sympathy, and Get Well cards to our older members and the children.  Our clergy encourages all to come forward during services and have their special day remembered by the congregation and a sharing of blessings with praise and prayer.

We also have a Prayer Discipleship Group that has been meeting weekly for approximately three years led by Father Mark, as we study and use prayer in our lives.  Our prayers don’t change God, as some people think, but praying changes us.  When we spend time with God, he changes our hearts to be more like His.  We no longer live a self-centered lifestyle, but one that is focused on others.

Upon the recommendation of Canon Liz Easton, and a representative of the Tamar Project in Omaha, we began a Ministry with the Doves Center here in the valley.  With the leadership of Sue Selvey, we assemble bags of personal supplies and prayer letters of encouragement to women leaving abusive situations.  Upon request from DOVES, we have expanded our ministry to cover the Doves Centers in Sidney and Chadron besides here in Scottsbluff County.

The picture here shows another small group of our ECW members who have recently completed 18 lap blankets (with a lot of prayers) for those in area nursing homes.  Prayer is a powerful force in not only the lives we pray for, but also for those who pray.

 

Barb Manasek,
St. Francis, Scottsbluff ECW

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