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Join us this Sunday as Pastor Deve introduces the theme verses for the SEMC in 2023
John 15:1-17
From International Justice Mission:
"We are thrilled to give you a first-hand field update after another extraordinary time bringing justice to those that need it most. Because of your faithful support, we have far exceeded the number of convictions achieved. We anticipate seeing the long-awaited vision come to life as we launch new programs and continue to achieve more goals, fill staffing vacancies, strengthen our implementing partners’ ability to scale our work and further justice in the Philippines."
 
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SEMC Prayer Requests
John 15:1-17
  • Our Upward Basketball Season has begun. In your conversations with Jesus, would you talk to him about the children and families we will be serving; that they would be encouraged and challenged by the grace and truth of Jesus? Please also consider talking to Jesus about being involved in some capacity (coach, assistant coach, referred, helper). Contact Theresa Siertsema if interested: theresas@sarniaemc.org
  • for Matt daCosta (and family): Matt’s dad’s (98 years old) health continues to deteriorate. His earthly days (or hours) are few. Please ask God to supply an abundance of peace and comfort to their family. 
  • Continue to talk to Jesus on behalf of our El Salvador team as they re-enter their regular schedules, process what they’ve seen and share what their learning. 
  • Would you talk to Jesus, asking Him to draw people into a deeper relationship with God. For some that will mean a first time decision to trust Christ as Saviour. For others it's a willingness to be obedient to the Lord in baptism. For others it will mean steward their resources to serve others sacrificially. The Christmas season can also be particularly difficult for those who miss loved ones. May God be their comfort in these days. 
  • Joanne Lowery has asked for prayer for a friend: "  PLEASE may I have your prayers for a dear friend named Sarah.  She is in her early forties and a single mom of two teenage boys.  She went for a scope and they found that she has colon cancer. They took her for a scan and it has spread to her lymphnodes.  Now she is in surgery in London Hospital to remove the tumours. Then after she has recovered she will have to start chemotherapy. Please hold her in your prayer." 
  • Your continued prayer for Hendrika Kamerman is appreciated.  Doctors are going to attempt to give her some treatments to deaden the pain in her legs, in an  attempt to avert amputation.  The first treatment will be on January 19th, and continue every 8 weeks.  Pray for God to bring relief from the pain that she endures. 
  • Pray for God's healing for Lori Halls.  Lori had a knee replacement surgery on December 6.  She is now restricted in her movement and unable to drive for 6 weeks.  Your prayer and encouragement for her recovery, and rehab through the holiday season, is appreciated. 
  • Your continued prayer for Joe Reinders is also appreciated. The doctors have scheduled a follow up CT Scan on his heart for February 8. Pray for the peace of God for he and for Lois (his wife) as they go through these days. 
  • Pray for God's healing for Mary Ettinger. She has now been relocated to Petrolia Hospital (Continuing Care) where she will remain for further recovery and rehabilitation, for the next few weeks. 
  • Your prayer for God's strength and endurance for Jack Clarke is appreciated.  He is beginning two weeks of cancer treatments. Pray for safety and travel and that the Lord will use the medicine to extend his days.  Pray also for God to provide comfort and care for his wife, Joanne. 
  • Let's pray for one another. We must continue to be pro-active in caring for one another, our friends and neighbours as well as ourselves. May we do our part in helping, protecting and enhancing the well-being of others, while being mindful of how we can serve those in need with the grace and truth of Jesus.  (SPRinG)
  • As the one year mark of the war in Ukraine comes closer, there are many areas for us to be in conversation with Jesus. We need to pray for those left behind, those left alone, for children, the elderly and the poor who can not defend themselves. At this pace, it is believed that every family in Ukraine, will have directly been impacted by the death of a loved one as We need to be in prayer for people on both sides of the border. We need to pray for the peace of Jesus among nations and within people. 
  • We give thanks for the opportunity to serve the needs of local agencies. Let's continue to ask God to lead us to the places where His resources can be best used for His Kingdom work in our community. 
  • The St. Clair Community Church in Sombra, ON, are in a Search Process for a Lead Pastor.  Pray to God for wisdom and direction throughout this process.
  • Let's also be in prayer for our denominational leadership (EMCC).
  • Let's continue to pray for our community in regards to the proposed closing of Enbridge Line 5. We give thanks for recent movement on this, on a federal level, on both sides of the border. Pray for our civic, provincial and federal officials as they negotiate solutions.
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