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Hemingway churches collaborate to present drive-thru prayer stations in Johnsonville (South Carolina)

February 28, 2016

[scnow.com – Morning News Online] by Shamira McCray

FLORENCE, S.C. – Two Hemingway pastors are reaching out to Johnsonville residents in a series of prayer events beginning Saturday morning. The Rev. Ernest Frierson, pastor of Jeremiah and Mt. Seal United Methodist Churches, and the Rev. Tenney Rupnick of Ebenezer United Methodist Church are collaborating to host drive-thru prayer stations on Saturday, March 12, April 9 and April 23 in the Old Don Fenters Chevrolet parking lot in Johnsonville.

Individuals and families seeking prayer may drive through the parking lot from 10 a.m. to noon on the scheduled Saturdays and remain in their vehicles as they are being ministered to. The pastors and their churches’ prayer ministry teams will pray for those people who attend the events. “Nowadays, we find less and less attendance in the normal church setting, so it is incumbent upon clergy and laity, alike, to develop opportunity for the unchurched, quote unquote, to feel part of the church faith-based community,” Frierson said. “Drive-thru prayer will give them just that opportunity.”…

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Why is it hard for Christians to pray? Five tips to help you focus

February 27, 2016

[christiantoday.com] by Harry Farley

Let’s be honest: prayer is hard. As soon as you sit down to pray, thousands of distractions you never even considered enter your head. Even the most driven and focused individual suddenly finds the most mundane Facebook post fascinating. YouTube becomes an encyclopedia of need-to-know information to the extent that an hour later, no praying has been done.

It is comforting to know even the disciples struggled. When Jesus was facing arrest, torture and death, they fell asleep instead of praying (Matthew 26:36-46).

“”Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation,” Jesus told them. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.””…

Here are five tips and habits to help you focus in your prayer times….

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Adopt a Street Prayer Initiative good first step to curb violence

February 25, 2016

[The Vicksburg Post – Vicksburg, MS]

It’s not very often a tragedy like a violent death is turned into a positive movement, but the Christmas Day death of a Vicksburg man and his son in what police called a murder/suicide seems to have caused such a result.

Michelle Johnson’s Adopt a Street Prayer Initiative that began in January has apparently taken root and growing to include the adoption of 125 streets in the city, including adoptions from former residents who have selected streets in their hometown to pray for….

“This prayer initiative was developed to encourage people to add our city to their everyday prayer time,” Johnson said. “The theme is 1 John 5:14 ‘And this is the confidence that we have in him, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.’”

The goal, she said, is to pray for protection, salvation of our citizens, success in our businesses and school system, or whatever is needed for that street…

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Bill Advances to Clarify South Carolina Law for Prayers to Open Meetings

February 25, 2016

[7 News, wspa.com] by Robert Kittle

A bill that would clarify how local government bodies in South Carolina could open their meetings with prayers took its first step at the Statehouse Thursday. A Senate subcommittee passed the bill unanimously, so it now goes to a full committee. The bill says groups like city and county councils and local school boards could start meetings with invocations as long as one religion was not advanced and no one was coerced into participating….

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Valley church offering up prayers via drive-thru

February 24, 2016

[azfamily.com] by Amanda Goodman

PHOENIX (3TV) –

A Valley church is offering prayers via drive-thru to anyone who wants to stop by.

Drive-Thru Prayer is located in front of Living Streams Church at Central and Glendale avenues in Central Phoenix….

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Drive-thru rules, though, are not strictly enforced. They accept walk-ups, even bike-ups. No matter how you get there, they will take your prayer request. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

New ministry takes prayer requests, gives bags of food

February 22, 2016

[orleanshub.com = Albion, NY] by Tom Rivers

Hands 4 Hope is an outreach with volunteers from many churches

The “hands” were out on Saturday, knocking on doors, flagging down cars and standing near a former red delivery van. The group, Hands 4 Hope, was offering prayers and free bags of food….

The past four Saturdays have been eye-opening, and confirmation to Burris and the ministry volunteers that there is a need for the food and prayers….

Holz said some people have “preconceived ideas” about church. He welcomes the chance to bring a ministry out into the community, and not wait for people to come inside a church building….

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Power of Prayer: Christian clown ministry

February 22, 2016

[kltv.com – Tyler, TX] by Lane Luckie

Behind the silly costumes and face paint, an East Texas woman is finding direction later in life by spreading the word of God through a clown ministry….

The ministry’s work takes clowns to area church gatherings, mission trips overseas, even to the scene of natural disasters. Visits to prisons are another opportunity to reach families….

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