Prayer Partner Prayer Requests for February 2018
Pastoral Ministry – Paul Thompson
Thank you for remembering my family and me in prayer. To know that God is hearing our names frequently is a huge comfort and encouragement to us. Here are some things we’d really appreciate prayer for:
Cecilia has a herniated disk and occasionally goes through a really rough period. She’s in one of those periods. Lots of pain, little mobility, lack of sleep, etc. Please pray for relief for her.
As many of you know, Alex also injured his back a year and a half ago. He has tried to play through the injury (3 epidurals since the injury, the most recent being a week and a half ago). He’s coming to the end of his final year of basketball. Please pray that he can finish as well as possible. Pray also that God uses this to draw his heart towards Him.
Sarah is also going through a difficult period of depression/anxiety. For her sake, I won’t go into more detail, but please pray for a breakthrough. She’s such a talented, sweet, godly young woman, and this has been a very hard season for all of us.
Mark has been doing pretty well of late, though he did contract a rough case of pink eye recently. Pray for us as we have started making plans for the next phase of his care and treatment.
And me – well I’m just trying to hold it all together, find sufficient time to study and read and write and pray and take care of the daily needs of ministry. Pray for a clear mind, a soft heart, and good use of the time God gives.
Love to you all.
Executive Pastor – Charles Uptain
DiscipleNow is February 9-11. Pray our students will unplug from the busyness of school and social media and allow God to speak to them through this weekend event.
Pray for the preparations of the Guatemala Mission Team. Roger Simpler is leading this team and they will be finalizing the logistics and ministry work that will be done on this trip.
Pray for the churches that we are partnering with in Argentina (Jesus es Vida), Guatemala (Elim Baptist Church in Guatemala City andPatzun), and NYC (our church plant). Pray for these churches to be centered on the Word of God like we at Calvary are striving to be.
Pray for the Work as Worship Retreat on February 23. Pray God uses this conference to challenge our perspective when it comes to our everyday work.
Worship Pastor – Matthew Dorsey
The Flu decided to visit my home and it has outstayed it’s welcome. Please pray that all my family will be well soon. Isn’t it true that times of sickness cause us to take stock of things. Ephesians 1 brings clarity to my mind, and leads me to praise the LORD today because of how blessed I am - even though the flu persist.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:3-14 ESV)
It is always worthwhile to take stock of your spiritual blessings.
First notice the blessed (praised) is God, the blessings giver is God, the ones receiving the listed blessings are believers, the blessings are everything spiritual, and the blessings agent is Jesus Christ.
Chosen – Thank God that before the foundation of the world was laid you were chosen in Christ to be holy and blameless before a holy and sovereign God.
Adopted – Bless the Lord that though you were far away you have been brought near to be part of the family of God.
Redeemed - Exult that you are made clean through the cross, the shed blood of your Savior. Your sins are forgiven!
Gifted – Live in hope of your eternity, your forever with Christ. You have a great and glorious future.
Sealed – You belong to God! Know you are filled with the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee that you will attain everything that God has promised.
Chosen, Adopted, Redeemed, Gifted, and Sealed to the praise of his glory and grace!
Hope you and your families are staying well!
Discipleship Ministry – Dan Tankersley
Pray Romans 15:5-6 for Calvary:
5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray that Calvary members will
grow in our desire to live as everyday missionaries
remain steadfast and persistent
bear much fruit in due season
Pray also for:
Calvary's Student Pastor search
Calvary’s mission partners across the world
Church health, unity, vitality
a disciple-making culture to continue to take root at Calvary
transition to church elders
Life Groups and Leaders
Foundation Ministry (Calvary's College Ministry)
Preschool Ministry – Joyce Alexander
For Life Group—Would you please continue to pray for young families to join us for life group and worship? I know it must seem like we’ve got a lot of Preschool families right now. We do have a few, but we could always welcome more.
VIPs needed—One of the things I teach the preschoolers is to obey right away. I believe God wants us to be obedient. Would you pray and ask God if He would have you serve once per quarter (that’s 4 times per year) during our worship hour to teach the preschool children as a VIP?
Weekday Ministry—We are so excited that God is answering prayers and sending young families from the Weekday Ministry to worship with us on Sunday. Would you pray for those families as they transition into church?
General Request—Please pray for our church families and volunteers that are affected by the flu virus and other illnesses.
Personal Request—I have the honor of serving on our State VBS team again this year. Our team will be traveling 2/18/18 through 2/21/18 through Central Alabama to lower Alabama teaching Association teams how to teach this year’s VBS called Game On. Would you pray for stamina, safety and that I would share what those in attendance need to hear? I will also be traveling to Orange Beach 2/27/18 through 3/2/18 as President of a group of preschool/children’s ministers called APCMO. Please pray for me as I’m in leadership of this year’s meetings.
Children's Ministry - Zach Daniels
Personally, I ask that you pray for me and my family as we try and get back to normal during February. January was filled with lots of travel, sickness, and busyness. Please pray for my mother. I don't want to be too specific, but for the past six months she has been having bouts with anxiety, depression, and other medical issues.
Professionally, I ask that you pray for me in my leading of the Calvary Kid's Ministry.
Pray for our Life Groups and our leaders on Sunday mornings as well as SPARK and the leaders on Wednesday evenings.
Pray for our Kid's Worship service, G-Force.
Pray that God would bring more godly leaders to Calvary Kids, specifically more men. We have a tremendous task on our hands of discipling kids and we need more leaders to take ownership of this ministry.
Also pray for these events that we are beginning to prepare for: VBS 2018, Dad and Kids Campout, Extreme Camp, and Summer Camp.
Senior Adult Ministry – Patty Farrington
We have had a difficult month with so many of our senior adults dealing with the flu or flu symptoms. Other senior adults have other health issues that cause them to be home bound and to miss out on participating with the ministry work at our church. Thank you for praying for all of them.
We have been blessed in the ministry work at Westside Terrace and we have a wonderful team that helps each week with the worship service. Thank you for praying for the residents as very few have been sick during this flu season. Please pray for the staff, the residents and each of us as we share the love of Jesus each week.
Pray for our ladies who are part of our Care Group Ministry that reaches out to our home bound and long-term care facility residents. These ladies reach out monthly to our members through visits, phone calls, and written cards. Thank you for praying for this ministry.
Thank you for praying for our newest grandson James Sullivan "Sully" Farrington who arrived on January 24. God is so good and we are so blessed and thankful!