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Update: 11-30-2020

Dave H:  Prayers of Concern Sarah has been under weather, did receive a negative COVID test, but still hoping to get her energy back.  Prayers of concern for the Front-line workers health and strength during this time.

Kitty G:  Prayers of concern for Margret, young mom who was out walking dog and got hit my truck prayers for her and her 3 children.

Prayers of Concern for Patty, a good friend, her son died prayers for her and her family.

Lori A:  Prayers of Concern for her granddaughter Madison, decided to move out and be on her own, prayers for mental challenges, strength and clarity of thought, prayers for whole family. Prayers of Concern for Aunt Elsie, 96, has pneumonia, pray for her health

Beth:  Prayers of concern for her sister in Cincinnati friend Keane, both and her and her husband have COVID-19, her husband died.

Mary N:  Prayers of Joy as they will have a new grandchild. Prayers of Joy as she is grateful for cookbook orders, made minimum order of 10. 

Kitty G:  Prayers of joy a plane full of the vaccine has arrived in Chicago.  Prayers for patience and success with this vaccine.  

Deb F: Prayers of joy her doctor was pleased with her scan and current health.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Joy her 24-week checkup went well, and all is going smoothly with the baby.

Pastor Megan: Prayers of Joy as Diane and her husband tested negative for COVID, prayers of concern for her husband’s surgery and mother in laws recovery from COVID.

Prayers of Concern for Tatiana as she was in a car accident, perfectly fine, but smashed up car, dealing with circumstances of this.

Prayers for the congregation as we prepare for Church Conference this Thursday at 7:00pm celebrating ministries of the church and planning for what will be ahead.   

Update: 11-25-2020

Diane W.: Prayers for my brother who having unexpected health challenges.

Laura M.: Prayers for my friend Mary. Her dad has COVID and is not expected to live. her mom also has it. She is really really sick but so far it looks like she may live.

Pastor Megan: Prayers for our former Little Angels Director, Laura S. who is sick and recovering following being around two people who have tested positive.

Update: 11-24-2020

Deb F:  Prayers of Concern as last Monday she was taken to the hospital, spent 6 hours in waiting room and went home, she did have a stroke and her kidneys are not functioning well.  Prayers for healing.

Beth:  Prayers of Concern her sister Cindy has internal bleeding and anemic.

Sue S:  Prayers of Concern for her friend Teresa who is in hospital with low oxygen levels.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Concern a website visitor Delia recently had major surgery, some complications, asking for prayers for her road ahead.

Lynda B:  Prayers of Joy as her brother in law’s hearts test went well, thanks for all the prayers.

Chris L:  Prayers of Joy they are in their new home, functioning and all under one roof.

Richard H:  Prayers of Joy he is doing well, No COVID symptoms for him and Pat, no more brain bleeding, and thanks to all for calls and letters, it really helped.

Mary N:  Prayers of Joy as her son’s girlfriend being induced and they will have a new grandchild.

Ann T:  Prayers of Joy Nelson had successful surgery Thursday, stent implanted in his right artery. Richard H:  Prayers of Joy they will be Great grandparents again, their daughter Lisa, her daughter is expecting in May, around Pat’s birthday

Update: 11-23-2020

Steve G.: Please include my brothers Randy and Brian in your prayers for complete recovery from their coronavirus infections.

Update: 11-18-2020

Diane W: Prayers of concern for my mother in law who has covid and pneumonia that she recovers smoothly, prayers that the rest of the family stays healthy.

Update: 11-15-2020

Beth:  Prayers of concern for her co-worker’s husband Mike, he has liver and rectal cancer, in a lot of pain, currently in ICU and has had 3 surgery recently.

Deb F. Prayers of concern as she has new medical issues that she is experiencing.

Mary N.  Prayers of concern for all people suffering from COVID in our congregation and all around us.

Ann T:  Prayers of concern for Nelson, her husband, he is having an operation Thursday due to curated arteries on his left and right side.

Lori A:  Prayers of concern for her Granddaughter who is going through some things, possibly related to mental health, have God guide her through her upcoming choices.

Sherry O:  Prayers of concern as she is experiencing difficulties after her knee surgery.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of concern for those suffering with COVID.  Chris B who is still fighting COVID aftermath, and her mom too. Kevin is better.  Paul is better, Sharon is still having symptoms that are dragging her along.  Richard H is home and feeling alright.

Lynda B: Prayers of thanks for a great trip to Florida.  Blessing that we were able to help Joe’s daughter and son in law get settled in their new place.  Enjoyed time with her brother and sister in law got to visit with them while traveling back and forth to Florida.

Prayers of concern for her brother in law Bob, having test done on his heart and prayers for her stepdaughter’s mom having surgery due to breast cancer.

Ann MS:  Prayers of continued success, as her knee surgery went well.

Update: 11-11-2020

Dear Good Shepherd Friends, 
How do I thank you for the thoughts and prayers sent to me over the last few weeks?  I have to admit I was very, very scared in the ICU which is why I reached out to Pastor Megan.  I was listening to hymns on my worst day (the doctors didn’t know what else to do to help me) and I heard God tell me to reach out to Good Shepherd.  I immediately heard from Pastor Megan and many others.  I can’t tell you how that calmed me.  I also want to thank Tammy White for bringing food to Kevin.  I was so worried about him too.  
Where we are now:

  • Kevin – He is back to normal and feels great!
  • My mom who lives with us – she is still weak (she was in the hospital for three days) from being dehydrated, but didn’t need oxygen and is feeling better each day. 
  • Savannah was deployed for a year to a year and a half on the day Kevin and I started showing symptoms.  Luckily, she has tested negative. 
  • I am better, but still dealing with pneumonia in my lungs and severe headaches.  The doctors say there isn’t really anything they can do.  They say it can take a few months for full recovery.  I just need to rest and be careful.  

Again, thank you for all the thoughts and prayers – our Good Shepherd family truly are a blessing. 
Love, Chris and Kevin Bailey

Update: 11-10-2020

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of concern for Richard H. he fell on Friday, brain bleed, also has COVID, mental state is particularly good, prayers for the whole family.

Kitty G:  Prayers of concern for an art teacher where her sister works, she has COVID prayers for all the students, teachers, and those in contact with her.

Margo G:  Prayers of concern for Cheryl J. on the loss her mom, prayers for the whole family as they deal with the loss.

Ann T:  Prayers for a successful blood drive and that all volunteers and donors involved stay healthy.

Mary N: Prayers for president elect as we come together and for the healing of our nation.

Update: 11-7-2020

R. Howell: Is currently hospitalized in ICU with a brain bleed and COVID following a fall on Friday. He is in good spirits. Prayers for their family as others are tested.

Update: 11-2-2020

Kristina S:  Prayers of concern for her cousin’s family, as their house is on fire and a total loss, thankfully his son who was home e-learning made it out of the house safely.

Sherri A:  Prayers of concern for my dad who is experiencing weakness and severe neck pain after a fall last week.  Prayers of concern for Jenni who is having her gallbladder removed, she recently had a baby, so she cannot hold her child for a bit, prayers for quick and smooth recovery.

Deb F:  Prayers of concern for those families affected by the fact that we cannot pack up food etc. for the Thanksgiving Needy Family Turkey Dinner.

Lynda B:  Prayers for traveling mercies as she and Joe going to Florida to help daughter.

Sara H:  Prayers for traveling mercies as they are driving down to Florida for the winter.

Lynda B:  Prayers of concern that we receive election results quickly and with peaceful results and a peaceful Election day.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of concern for her Sister in law, as she was working with hot water bottle, it busted open and she has bad burns on her hand and needed to go hospital for treatment.

Gail C:  Prayers of concern for her husband, Gary as he goes through lymphoma treatments.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Concern for Sharon feeling better and Chris home from hospital, although both of their spouses pushing through COVID symptoms.

Terri T:  Prayers of Concern for her daughters’ grandma, Ruth, who has congestive heart failure.

Kitty G:  Prayers of concern for a one-year old child, John, who had open heart surgery.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of concern for two families in Bartlett area that are experiencing home insecurities along with food and utilities.  Prayers for our neighbors.

Heather F:  Continued prayers for mom who has back pain.

Margo G:  Prayers of concern for all people who had damage or injury due to recent hurricanes.

Margo G: Prayers of Joy to God and thanks for safe travels she and her family experienced.

Pam K:  Prayers of Joy that George’s ankle is recovering well, and he is close to not having to use crutches.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Joy that her 20-week doctor’s appointment and scan show looking good with baby, normal and healthy.

Update: 10-29-2020

Sherri A.: Prayers for my dad who is experiencing weakness and severe neck pain after a fall last week. Also prayers for Jenni who will be having her gallbladder removed on Monday and won’t be able to lift her sweet baby for at least a week while she recovers.

Update: 10-27-2020

Terri T: Prayers for Ruth, Ally and Sarah’s grandmother. She is in the hospital with congestive heart failure.

Kitty G: Prayers for little 1 year old John. His grandparents grew up down the street from me when I was growing up. Baby John is scheduled for open heart surgery today, so he & the family need everyone’s prayers.

Pastor Megan: Two families in our surrounding Bartlett community request our prayers as they deal with financial challenges. We are thankful for the opportunity to provide assistance to help them with some of their immediate housing and food needs, and pray for them as they continue to press forward.

Update: 10-25-2020

Lori A:  Prayers of Concern for Sharon P. as she has COVID, as well as Paul waiting on results, and her niece who also tested positive.   

Heather F:  Prayers of Concern for her mom, Jan, still in back pain, getting depressed, will try some new ways to hopefully elevate some pain.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Concern for Chris B. she is out of ICU, although her oxygen and blood pressure keep dropping, Kevin is at home, also has COVID, and keep Chris’s mom in your prayers as well. 

Lori A:  Prayers of Concern for friend Greg, waiting on test results for cancer. Also, prayers of concern for her daughter and granddaughter as they are home together dealing with mental health issues.

Carie S:  Prayers of Concern for her Dad’s care facility, someone tested positive for COVID, prayers that it does not spread throughout facility.

GiGi:  Prayers of Concern for her Dad, had surgery to remove pancreas, his body is adjusting without this organ but in a lot of pain.

Gail C:  Prayers of Concern for Gary as he is undergoing treatment for lymphoma.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers for her family and all clergy on the conference health insurance, thanks be to God the church’s insurance is not being raised but clergy’s insurance is.  Pastor Megan and Ken will have to move, prayers as they search for a new place, a move, and her expanding family, during this time. Also, both will have to have COVID tests following potential exposure which led to today’s in person worship gathering to be cancelled.

Ann MS:  Prayers of Joy for her son’s recovery, and the rest of his family does not have COVID. They had a good trip to Missouri, Leo went down memory lane as he grew up in the area, it was enjoyable, they all came back healthy.  Prayers of Joy as they rode around town to see the fall colors, appreciate God’s gifts to us.

Ann MS: Prayers of Concern for her daughter in Alabama as they may get hit by another hurricane.

Ann MS: Prayers of Concern for their friend, Bob, in ICU with health problems and for his family as they deal with this.

Mary N:  Prayers for her family on Monday they buried her mother in law and brother in law ashes, They were able to find a safe way to bond with family as they mourn their loss.

Mary N: Prayers of Concern for her brother in law who is struggling with sciatic pain, hope to find a good way to relieve his pain.

Deb F:  Prayers of Joy she went on field trip with Nick to see the Fall colors in the surrounding area, it was beautiful.  Deb is not allowed out of house until vaccine comes, so she has been truly quarantined since March, it felt good to take a drive.

Update: 10-24-2020

Sharon P.: Prayers of healing for us. I have tested positive. Paul is sick and can’t get tested until Monday but we’re pretty sure he has it too. One of my nieces is positive too.

Update: 10-21-2020

Lori A.: Prayers of Concern for friend Greg who is waiting on test results related to cancer.

Carie S.: Prayers of Concern as her Father’s home facility had a worker test positive for COVID, so other testing will be taking place. Prayers for minimal spread.

Gigi G.: Prayers of Concern for her Father who is experiencing abdominal pains as his body is adjusting to having no pancreas.

Update: 10-20-2020

Lori A: Prayers of concern for her daughter and granddaughter as they navigate being home together dealing with mental health and various issues.

Gail C: Prayers of concern for her husband Gary as he deals with lymphoma.

Update: 10-19-2020

Chris B. Prayers of concern for herself, as she is in the ICU with COVID-19.

Update: 10-18-2020

Sue S:  Prayers of joy they had a wedding shower for her nephew and wife, who got married in July, and weren’t able to have all the festivities, but they were able to celebrate with them and other family members via this shower.

Ann MS: Prayers of concern as they went to visit Leo’s brother, his health is not good, also prayers for Leo’s health as it continues to be a challenge. Prayers of concern for Ann, she is having knee surgery to hopefully relieve some pain for her.

Pastor Megan: Prayers of concerns for her Armenian colleagues for the conflict in their country, pray for peace in and around the world.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of joy that we were given the opportunities to receive and share some food and help folk in our community.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers that everyone stays safe and healthy as COVID numbers rise, take care of yourself and others.

Update: 10-15-2020

Anne M. S.: Prayers for Leo’s health, and my upcoming knee surgery. We also request prayers for my son who has COVID, and blessings for our drive to Missouri to visit Leo’s brother who is not doing well.

Gail C: Prayers for all our needy friends as cold weather approaches. Our last blood drive for 2020 is Nov. 8th from 12:30-5:30.

Update: 10-11-2020

Richard H:  Prayers of Joy that Richard’s test results showed no signs of cancer.

Terri T:  Prayers of concern for people affected by Hurricane Delta.

Ann T:  Prayers of concern for her husband, Nelson who fell and hurt his back.  He is in terrible back pain and recently overcame COVID. Prayers of Concern for Ann as she has tested positive for COVID awhile back and is back in quarantine.  Nurse mentioned she can potentially test positive for up to 90 days from original diagnosis.

Update: 10-4-2020

Bill S:  Prayers of joy and thanks for both Kim and I successfully battling through our positive Covid-19 diagnoses, as well as Billy remaining symptom-free via strict isolation. Thanks to all who offered prayers of healing to us, as well as dropping off needed supplies.

Ann T:  Prayers of Joy that Mary will be celebrating a birthday this week.

Margo G:  Prayers of Joy she has been enjoying family time together as they celebrate her nephew’s life.

Pastor Megan: Prayers of Joy we have two confirmands, Tyler S. and Taylor J. who will celebrate confirmation today.  Prayers of Joy that she was able to drop off communion elements at the Howell’s house.

Pat H:  Prayers of Joy that Richard’s minor surgery went well and their daughters been around to help them.

Lynda B:  Prayers of Joy for a wonderful weekend in Galena and thankful to be away.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Joy and thanks that we have 10 cars signed up for Trunk n Treat! Also have 230 people interested in this event on Facebook.

Roger H.:  Prayers of Concern for Lisa’s back that has gone out and her healing. Prayers of Concern as Roger lost job on Friday, prayers as he goes through the employment process.

Lynda B:  Prayers of Concern for our president and others suffering with COVID, may this be a turning point and more people take this virus seriously.

Update: 9-27-2020

Mary N:  Prayers of joy that she meets her son’s future in laws, they had a nice visit, grateful they all arrived safely.  Thankful that we will have outside worship each Sunday in October. Also, she is thankful that she can drive again following her knee surgery.

Ann T:  Prayers of Joy to celebrate Lynda’s birthday.

Margo G:  Prayers of joy they will be gathering on Friday as the whole family is coming in to visit.

Pat H:  Prayers of joy for another day, and that all things are good, also thankful our regions COVID numbers are low.

Richard H:  Prayers of concern as Richard is getting tested for COVID so Friday he can get a tumor removed from his arm, and doctors will also check to see if the cancer is spread.  Prayers that this goes well, and no additional surgery or removal is needed.

Kristina S:  Prayers of concern as Chris’s dad died, prayers for the whole family.

Kristina S: Prayers of concern for all parents of U-46 as they must make decisions regarding their children’s education moving forward, these are tough decisions.

Tammy W:  Prayers of concern for Vicki and Dick, Dick may have Parkinson and has dementia.

Tammy W: Prayers of concern for her Aunt Christine who had hip surgery and has recently fallen.

Tammy W: Prayers of concern for Barbara, she has stress and fatigue from caring for her dad, her marriage, and other issues.

Tammy W: Prayers for a swift and complete healing for her nephew, Mel in SC. He is an essential medical worker who has COVID, very sick with pneumonia in both lungs.  Mel is currently in the hospital. His wife and children were also exposed and their results are pending.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of concern for Dale S. who will have hip surgery on Monday.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of concern for Cheryl J’s as her mom is out of hospital, and staying at home with Cheryl. Please lift her mom and family as they take care of her.

Update: 9-26-2020

Kristina S.: Prayers for Chris and his family. His father passed away this morning.

Update: 9-20-2020

Kitty G:  Prayers of joy witnessed the birth of a Monarch butterfly; it was a girl!  It was hard to see her fly away.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of joy for the gorgeous weather we have today and yesterday’s also. Prayers of Joy for the Henderson’s and the Dyes who are both expecting grandchildren.

Lynda B:  Prayers of Joy her and Joe going to Galena next weekend, looking forward to getting away.

Mary N:  Prayers of Joy Sarah C. and her husband had a baby, joys for their whole family.

Richard H:  Prayers of Joy, he had a car accident but thankfully no one was injured.

Lynda B:  Prayers for her stepdaughter’s mom, Yajna, she need to have another surgery from a mastectomy.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of concern for Tommy there was an altercation at his school, praying for healing for all those involved.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of concern for Cheryl J. her mom had fallen last week, is hospitalized, and running test, prayers for decisions family has to make to future.

Prayers of concern for Jean D. many people in her life dealing with cancer.

Mary N:  Prayers of concern for healing on her leg, had a rough night, which is normal, but prayers for her forward motion.  Also, traveling mercies for her son’s brother-in-law traveling with three children.

Pastor Megan: Prayers of concern for her friend Josiah and his family, lost his grandfather who suffered with COVID.

Update: 9-16-2020

Tommy A.: Please pray for the students at WIU. There was a shooting last night, a roommate dispute between to guys led to the shooting of a male and female. The shooter was a freshman and in being tracked down stilled considered armed and dangerous. One of my friends was on the floor where it happened.

Update: 9-15-2020

Cheryl J.: Prayers for her mom who experienced a fall and is currently undergoing tests. Prayers for decision making when the results come in.

Jean D.: Joy: our youngest daughter Lisa & her husband Tyler are expecting their first child at the end of March. 
Concern: our good friend Sue passed a few weeks ago from cancer. Prayers for her 2 daughters and their families. 
Concern: a friend Liz has cancer. Prayers for her healing. 
Concern: our daughter Kristy’s husbands aunt Gina has a large brain tumor which cannot be operated on. Prayers for her comfort.

Update: 9-13-2020

Ann T:  Prayers of Joy she and Nelson are feeling better, getting appetite back, and they are very thankful for all the prayers they received.

Dave H:  Prayers of Joy He and Sara had a nice 8-day retreat with son and daughter in law in Michigan, very nice to get away, had an enjoyable time.

Kitty G:  Prayers of Joy that she will be witnessing a monarch butterfly emerge from chrysalis today or tomorrow, it is exciting to watch.

Heather F: Prayers for her girlfriend, PET scan revealed cancer is not as bad as they originally received, she will have longer than expected to live, a joy for her and her family.

Wayne S:  Prayers of Joy and celebration yet sad, Claire died this past week from brain tumor, his niece, Kirsten, rallied the community to make Claire’s journey a celebration and shows the faith line that is so strong.  Funeral on Saturday they will be traveling to attend this.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Joy she is meeting with a couple who would like to get married at Good Shepherd, a small ceremony with their parents witnessing, this is a beautiful thing people wanting to start life togethers during this time.

Lynda B:  Prayers of Concern for all those affected by the wildfires.

Ann T: Prayers of Concern her nephews’ wife, Rosemarie, 62, died this week from lupus and cancer.

Ann’s son Greg and family who live in California are under evacuation orders but so far have not had to leave their home.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Concern for a colleague, whose son died fighting from fires in Washington a few years ago, this time of year brings back pain for those whose lose family members in wildfires, prayers for all first responders who loss lives in previous fires, triggering times of sadness.

Heather F:  Prayers of Concern for family friend Joe, 87, climbed ladder and fell, in hospital with broken ribs and broken vertebrae in his back, prayers for healing for Joe.

Update: 9-9-2020

Ann T: Our son in California and family have been told to be ready too evacuate. They live at the base of San Gabriel Mountans. The Bob Cat fire close by doubled in size. Prayers for their safety.

Tammy W: Prayers for Phyllis, who is recovering from a fall.

Update: 9-6-2020

Wayne S:  Prayers of comfort, Our Claire is now an angel. She went to heaven this morning at 3:10. Prayers for the whole family as they mourn their loss.

Diane W:  Prayers of concern for Margaret, who had elbow surgery due to a biking accident.

Mary N:  Prayers of joy for the rain, it is a gift, ground is dry, and rain is most welcome. Also, prayers of joy that her granddaughter is celebrating her 6th birthday this week.

Lynda B:  Prayers of joy her granddaughter turned 17 last week.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of joy that she ordered maternity clothes, although they have not arrived, she is glad that some dresses she had were a bit big, so they fit well today.

Richard & Pat H:  Prayers of joy they are thankful for everyday!

Ann T:  Prayers of concern that Nelson who’s still in hospital from COVID, sounds better today, Ann also has COVID. She feels good despite loss sense of appetite and sense of smell.  She was very happy that Nelson sounded so good on the phone today, much better than yesterday.

Kristina S:  Prayers of concern for her friend and her baby that is experiencing seizures.

Mary N:  Prayers of concern for her sister in law Beth, she lost her brother due to cancer, and recently loss son, so she needs God’s grace and support

Update: 09-05-2020

Wayne & Virginia S. – Prayers for Claire that God takes her soon. Through July Claire had a great summer and acted almost like a normal 10 year old. Claire started having worse headaches around the 4th of August. A MRI showed that her tumor had grown significantly and that there were 3 more in her brain. Claire has been quickly losing use of her muscles. Three weeks ago they said a month or 6 weeks. The end is near and we hope that she does not have to suffer much longer. Please pray for all the people she has touched. As she told me last week,” Don’t worry I will be an angel”.

Update: 8-30-2020

Kitty G:  Prayers of Joy her baby sister from Michigan came to visit and they spent a fun day together.

Anne T:  Prayers of Joy for a beautiful day Saturday, she was happy to work in her garden with the nice breeze.

Heather F:  Prayers of Joy for technology which provides her and family to meet weekly via Zoom, thankful for the capabilities this brings to her.

Pat H:  Prayers of Joy that Richard is celebrating a birthday on Wednesday. Their family has 8 birthdays in September.

Mary N:  Prayers of Joy she was able to spend one on one time with her son, nice to spend a few hours at his place.

Anne T:  Prayers of Concern for the people in Louisiana and Texas who are in the pathway of Hurricane Laura, prayers for their lives and homes, concern for living with no water, no electricity, hot weather and COVID.

Sue S:  Prayers of Concern for her aunt and uncle, Joan and Norm, he has dementia and was in a facility which didn’t work out for them, she brought him home and has home health care, prayers this goes smoothly as they help him battle dementia.

Mary N:  Prayers of Concern for our nation’s violence, all over but recently in Kenosha, WI, sadness over all this and prayers for peace.

Richard H:  Prayers of Concern as on his birthday he will be consulting with doctors regarding melanoma (1/4 size on his arm) the removal of this and hoping not as serious as doctors are indicating it may be.

Heather F:  Prayers of Concern for her friend Tammy, has metastatic cancer also had liver transplant, doctors trying to extend her life, prayers for her family as they go through this difficult time.

Pastor Megan added prayers for Heather as well, as it is challenging to watch a friend go through this.

Heather F:  Prayers of concern for her mom and her back pain, she is afraid of having back surgery due to it requiring putting rods in her back. Doctors are trying one more option, hoping this supports her.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Concern for all who have COVID this is a difficult, life threatening, with long term effects. Prayers to keep ourselves healthy and those arounds us healthy. 

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of concern for Margo and her family as her nephew, in his 20’s died, pray for entire family as this is a difficult loss.

Update: 8-24-2020

Sharon P: Prayers for Paul’s brother and his wife who are hoping for a child following IVF. Also, a friend and co-worker had a family member test positive in her house and she too now is sick. 

Cecily H: Prayers for her internship applications and dissertation writing process.

Kitty G:  Prayers of joy as Ann, Mary, and Lynda surprised her this week with a Birthday party complete with lunch and cake, had a wonderful time visiting with each other.

Richard H:  Prayers of joy that Pat continues to get better.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of joy that her and Ken are expecting, due in the spring.

Lynda B:  Prayers of joy that she spent time with all her grandchildren and kids this week.

Margo G:  Prayers of concern as her nephew, in his 20’s passed away Friday, pray for entire family.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of concern for Gary C. he had a stomach bug while having treatments and was hospitalized, he is now home.

Lori A:  Prayers of concern for her co-worker Yolando who’s brother Joe is on a ventilator due to COVID, prayers for his recovery.

Gigi G:  Prayers of concern for her dad had a low blood count, now home recuperating.

Kristina S:  Prayers of concern for her aunt, Eileen, whose home is in path of California fires and all those affected by the fires.

Lynda B; Prayers of concern for her friend Karen as her husband Frank has lung cancer.

Prayers of concern for our country as we face election, God’s hand directs us in the right direction.

Update: 8-22-2020

Gail C: Continued prayers for Gary as he continues with chemo treatments for lymphoma after catching a bug and feeling unwell last week.

Lori A: Coworker Yolanda’s brother Joe is on a ventilator for COVID. Prayers that he pulls through and recovers quickly. Also, 12 year old Matthew is showing improvement.

Update: 8-19-2020

Kristina S.: Pray for my aunt. She just got an evacuation notice. She lives in CA by the fires.

Update: 8-16-2020

Gail C:  Prayers of Joy that although Gary is having chemo, he is doing quite well. He was in the hospital for six days and has gained a much needed 15 lbs.!

Richard H:  Prayers of Joy that Pat is home and feeling much better.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Joy that Margo is with us today, on her birthday.

Prayers of Joy that while our yard was torn up from recent storm, we were able to clean up and all is well. Some my family members in the city and south side did not have power for days.   Kristina S. friend had a tree fall in her house, 2 feet from where her friend was standing, prayers of thanks she was safe.  Thanks, and praise to God that people made it through storm, and prayers as they rebuild.

Lori A:  Prayers of Joy for all those who have jobs and good health, these are blessings that we should not take for granted.

Lynda B:  Prayers of Joy she meets her new grandson, and she was able to take her other grandchild out for ice cream. Prayers of Joy as they celebrated her daughter’s 40th birthday.

Wayne S:  Prayers of Joy that their two oldest grandchildren can go off to college.  Prayers of Joy that he went on a canoe trip with his daughter and two grandsons, highlight of trip was capsizing canoe.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Joy as our seniors are heading off to college, some this week, Chloe & Tommy, others later.

Lori A:  Prayers of Concern for all those going off to college that they stay safe and away from sickness.

Pastor Megan: Prayers of Concern for Bishop John who was in a car accident and died. Prayers for his family and church families. Prayers of Concern for Georgetown UMC in Grand Rapids, MI as they had a rainbow door decorated with children’s handprint that was vandalized and painted over. Prayers of healing for their community.

Kristine R:  Prayers of Concern for the start up of the school year, nervous about this, will be all E-learning for first semester, so far, have not received much guidance from school district.  Prayers of balance between home and school for parents to manage both.

Update: 8-10-2020

Lynda B:  Prayers of Joy for their new grandson, Roman, born Monday.

Dave H:  Prayers of Joy as they are celebrating Sara’s Birthday with family.

Pastor M:  Prayers of Joy that her zucchini plant has a few zucchini’s after much laboring, squash coming up too.

Anne MS:   Prayers of Joy for her mermaid friends, she met through water aerobics, all same age, same interests, they meet in friend’s backyard, enjoy each other, the weather and friendship that they have.

Dave H:  Prayers of Joy for 5K Virtual Run for food pantry, very successful, Heather did a great job fundraising.

Margo G:  Prayers of Joy Elise accepted into CNR school, parents are very proud of her!

Mary N:  Prayers of Joy her recent visit with Orthopedic specialist stated her knee has recovered very nicely from surgery.  She has her other knee surgery scheduled for Sept. 10, pray all goes well and surgery will take place as planned.

Kitty G:  Prayers of Joy for the wonderful weather this past week

Tammy W:  Prayers of Concern for her aunt Christine, fell broke hip had surgery, painful recovery.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers for her home church family & friends, childhood friend passed away from COVID.

Anne MS:  Prayers for Mermaid friend Eva passed away, she was a loving caring person, passed peaceful, Mermaid group will miss her. Eva recently shared her childhood with group, was a sad childhood.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Concern for Lebanon area for lives lost and disrupted from blast. United Methodist Ministries will be sending ways for us to support relief effort.

Update 8-7-2020

Tammy W: Prayers for my Aunt Christine. She fell last weekend and broke her hip. She is having a painful recovery after the surgery.

Update 8-3-2020

Lynda B:  Prayers of Thanks we had a great family reunion, great to see her sister, brother and their families.  Reunion, while a small gathering, went well.

Heather F:  Prayers of Thanks for safely traveling back and forth to see family.

Richard H:  Prayers of Joy that we safely gathered with 14 family members, wonderful to see them all, unfortunately daughter received a speeding ticket, but we will think of happier time spent together.

Anne T:  Prayers of Joy that she was able to talk with her sister, Ethel, who had a stroke 2 weeks ago, they were able to have a nice conversation.

Pastor M:  Prayers of concern for her colleagues who are serving and now having to dial back due to a resurgence, hoping all their members feel better.

Gigi G:  We praise God and thank Him that our Dad survived his 18 or 19-hour long surgery. The tumor is cancerous. The surgeon wanted to save part of the pancreas, but the margins came back positive for cancer and had to remove it. They had to transfuse 2 units of blood. Dad is now in the ICU in stable condition. Please continue to pray for him and for his fast and complete recovery. Thank you. ❤

Gail C:  Prayers of concern for my husband, Gary, who has been diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He will be starting chemo shortly.

Lori A:  Prayers of concern for Matthew, a 12-year-old, who had a stroke.

Heather F:  Prayers of concern for her girlfriend Tammi, who had a liver transplant, now terminal, prayers for her acceptance and her family through this grieving process.

Margo G:  Prayers of concern for her neighbor, Tom, who has bladder cancer.

Sue S:  Prayers of concern for her Aunt Joan, who had to put her Uncle Norm (Joan’s husband) in a memory care facility, very hard decision for Aunt Joan to make. Uncle Norm has been deteriorating.

Diane W:  Prayers of concern for Leslie who lost her husband, James, 30 and dad to their daughter, Hailey (3).

Update 8-1-2020

Gail C. – Prayers for my husband, Gary, who has been diagnosed with lymphoma. He will be starting chemo shortly.

Lori A. – Please pray for Matthew B 12yrs old has a stroke due to a small vein in his head. He is having issues with the pressure building when he tried to sit up. Pray for the Doctors and Matthew.

Gigi G. – We praise God and thank Him that our Dad survived his 18 or 19-hour long surgery. The tumor is cancerous. The surgeon wanted to save part of the pancreas but the margins came back positive for cancer and had to remove it. They had to transfuse 2 units of blood. Dad is now in the ICU in stable condition. Please continue to pray for him and for his fast and complete recovery.

Update 7-29-2020

Gigi G: My family and I are asking for prayers for our father (Pete L). He will be undergoing Whipple procedure tonight at 8:00 PM CST (Thursday, 9:00 AM in the Philippines). We are praying for an uneventful, safe and successful surgery. We also ask for fast and complete recovery. May God grant wisdom and guidance to Dr. V. (surgeon) and her team/assistants, Dr. G. (anesthesiologist), nurses and ancillary staff. May He provide them the strength and endurance as they perform this 8-hour procedure. Thank you 

Update: 7-26-2020

Margo G:  Prayers of thanks that she had a good visit with her sister Ana, happy that Ana was not in need of an oxygen tank.  Also, happy to spend time with her brother and sister in law, had an awesome visit with all of them, thankful she had safe travels with family and friends.

Jel R:  Prayers of thanks to Rachelle T. who has served in the Good Shepherd Nursery for over 23 years, her and her daughter have touched many children’s and parents lives over this time. We pray for her and her family good health and good luck as she moves on.

Jel R:  Prayers of joy that he had a few days off of work allowing him and Kristine to take the girls to Warren Dunes for a few days of sun, nice breezes, warm Lake Michigan water, good to be out in nature and enjoys God’s beauty, aside from the sunburn.

Sue S:  Prayers of joy that her nephew Joe and new wife Elaina had a beautiful wedding ceremony inside a church, happy the family got to witness and celebrate together.

Jel R:  Prayers of concern as we prepare to go back to church safely, look forward to seeing everyone soon, as it will be good to see all.

Ann T:  Prayers of concern as her sister Alza, had a stroke, they were able to dissolve the blood clot in her brain and she in now home and happy to be home.  Ann has prayers of joy that she and her sister will still be able to have their weekly Tuesday Zoom chat.

Margo G:  Prayers of concern for her friend’s nephew, Matthew, who has thyroid cancer and recently had surgery to remove tumor, prayers of comfort and healing to him.

Jel R:  Prayers of concern for school administrators, educators, parents as we cover online learning, and make decisions on how to go back to school safely and keeping everyone safe and prayers for patience to adults with children at home.

Kitty G:  Continued prayers for Vi, her friend, she recently had a stem cell transplant, had some trouble but is working through it.

Mary N:  Continued prayers for our country, especially for cities with federal troops coming in to support, prayers that they come into the city with the right intent to reduce violence in these cities.

Update: 7-23-2020

Please continue to pray for our Dad (Pete Luz). His diagnostic laparoscopy results showed no cancer in the abdominal fluids and lymph nodes. His Whipple surgery has been postponed until after August 4th because he developed an infection in his blood. IV antibiotics are working and he is regaining strength. Thank you.

Scott L:  Prayers for Dustin K. who had a serious accident over the weekend. He is in ICU with a head injury. He’s able to respond to questions and move fingers and toes.  Next 24-48 hours are going to be critical.

Update: 7-20-2020

Mary N:  Prayers for her sister in law, Beth, who lost her son to a drug overdose, as this is a difficult time for the family to move forward, prayers as they can deal with this, are kept safe and in God’s grace.

Lynda B:  Continued prayers for her daughter’s friend, Barb, who lost her unborn baby this week.

Roger H:  Prayers of healing for his high school friend, Dick, who had heart surgery, currently doing well, prayers for his recovery.

Patti:  Prayers for Margo’s safe return from her visit to see her sister Ana

Pastor Megan:  Prayers for her and Ken, as one of Ken’s co-workers is awaiting COVID test results, they are in quarantine until the results are known. If positive they will be in quarantine for two weeks. Prayers for all workers who cannot work while they wait these results.

Mary N:  Continued Prayers for school administrators and they determine the safest way to education students and keep all staff and employees safe.

Prayers for the Little Angels directors and staff and they begin to implement a plan for the upcoming school year.

Kitty G:  Prayers of healing and blessings Ellie and her family, Baby Ellie (1 year old) has Hepatoblastoma. She will need 2-4 rounds of chemo, a tumor removed from her liver, followed by more chemo.

Also, Prayers for Kayla, who recently had a baby boy, and they both were diagnosed with COVID.  Prayers for them and their whole family.

Lynda B:  Prayers of Joy as they are heading to Indiana for a family reunion, small gathering, but still looking forward to spending time together.

Dave H:  Prayers of Joy that our church is working on a safe plan to host church again. Thanks to the ReTurn team who is working hard to hopefully to have outside worship in August.

Anne T:  Prayers of thanks for our successful Blood Drive, had 46 pints, Red Cross was quite pleased with results and turnout.

Lynda B:  Prayers for our country’s leadership and all our citizens as we live in a state of confusion.

Update: 7-14-2020

Deb F:  Prayers of Joy that she does not need surgery, just needs to make lifestyle changes for her heart to heal.

Ann T:  Prayers of Joy to listen to Pastor Megan sing during the online worship, also happy to see the GS Senior Video with a bonus of seeing David P. on video as well.

Heather F:  Prayers of Joy that she is married to someone she likes to spend time with, and she appreciates her husband, Peter as they are indeed spending a lot of time together.

Reniva Girls:  Grateful for their house and pool

Ann MS:  Prayers of joy that she has good friends to enjoy

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of joy that her okra she planted last week is sprouting.

Laura M:  Prayers for her friend Aimee, whose daughter is 34 weeks pregnant and is delivering baby girl, Samantha today (7/14), praying that baby and mom are healthy.

Lynda B:  Prayers of comfort for her aunt who is in hospice care, praying for a peaceful transition for her.

Ann MS:  Prayers for her daughter as she is looking for a job, recently had a second interview, hoping she finds employment soon.

Prayers of comfort for her friend Bob, who has pancreatic cancer and his wife as they go through this rough road ahead.

Margo G:  Prayers for traveling mercies as she will be traveling this weekend to visit her sister Ana. It will be a short visit although she is happy to support and show love to her sister during this difficult journey.

Heather F:  Prayers for her mother in law, Maureen, who has stomach issues, recently had surgery, prayers for healing also to figure out her health issues. 

Prayers for her mom, Jan, who has back issues, seeing a pain Doctor as a last-ditch effort before surgery which she is scared to have.

Prayers for the Ott family, Dad is a friend of Peter, who got hit by a car and died, his daughter performed CPR on him, prayers of comfort for whole family as they struggle with this tragic and sudden accident.

Chris L:  Prayers to see each other soon! Nothing like seeing everyone in person and being able to worship in person.

Lynda B:  Prayers for her daughters’ best friend, Barb, and Joe, who is 5 months pregnant and recently found out baby will not live and prayers as they make these difficult decisions.

Kitty G:  Prayers for her friend Vi, who is having stem cell transplant Monday, not an easy thing to go through.

Kristina S:  Prayers for her stepdad’s family as her uncle had a massive heart attack and died, and her grandma is in the hospital. Prayers for her friend Amy whose grandma died a few days ago.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of comfort for Dye family as Jean’s mom died

Prayers of comfort for Joe R. and family as his grandfather died

Prayers for all who are isolated and those feeling isolated.

Mary N:  Prayers for today’s Blood Drive to be successful, for all volunteers able to work, donors able to donate, overall success for this needed drive.

Kristine R:  Prayers for school administrators who are making decisions for ways to allow staff and children to safely return and ways to proceed forward.

Richard H:  Prayers for granddaughter and family, as she is an ICU nurse that works daily with COVID patients and has a 4-month-old son at home, in Texas, which is currently in a scary state of existence.

Update: 7-6-2020

Sara H:  Prayers of Joy as we closed on our house in Florida on July 1 and are currently here enjoying it.

Lori A:  Prayer of Joy her mom is visiting her.

Diane W:  Prayers of Joy that family is healthy and will be over to gather for a BBQ.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Thanks that a longtime friend of Ken and Pastor Megan is expecting her first child.

Ann T:  Prayers of Joy it was so nice to see GS Seniors last week and chat with them.

Lynda B:  Prayers for Joe as tested positive for COVID again, so no knee surgery (elective), they both are feeling no side effects, they are staying put and keeping their distance from family.

Deb F:  Prayers as she has her consultation with the doctors on Tuesday, all tests have been done, and they will see how to proceed. Prayers for Nick that school opens, and he can go back.

Patti:  Prayers for Lorrie, who just finished chemo and will have surgery on Monday.

Kitty G:  Prayers for her friend Via, although they have never meet in person, they both are diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Kitty has been helping her through her anxiety and apprehensiveness as she prepares for stem cell replacement.  Prayers that she trusts the doctors and nurses who know exactly how to deal with this.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers for her friend, who is early in her pregnancy and just lost her mom from COVID.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers as she officiates the grave site eulogy for her great Aunt Marguerite, prayers that her family can remember and give thanks while they release the grief and share the joy of her aunt’s life.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers for Terry Kane as he is at the Mayo clinic and needs encouragement. You can text him or follow his online journey via Caring Bridges.

Jean D:  Prayers for our family as her mother, Margaret passed on July 2nd. She had surgery on her hip again and passed from cardiac arrest. She was 89 and we will miss her dearly.

Update: 6-30-2020

Prayers for the family of Pastor Megan’s Aunt Marguerite who passed away Monday. 

Sue S:  Prayers of Joy her nephew and fiancé are getting married in 3 weeks in Aurora, since their November wedding plans will not work out as originally planned, her brother called to invite her to the ceremony.

Lynda B:  Prayers of Joy Joe received a negative on his COVID19 test allowing him to have knee surgery on Monday.

Prayers of Joy as the drive by 80th Birthday celebration for Gail went well, and she can see how happy it made Gail.

Margo G:  Prayers of Joy that her sister Anna, who had difficulty breathing earlier in the week, ended up having extreme type of surgery and is now breathing on her own and at home.  A small victory, but still a good victory. Please continue to prayer for Anna.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of Thanks for her indoor and outdoor vegetables, especially her zucchini that has tripled in size. 

Thanks to the folks on the ReTurn Team who meet on Thursday to sort out the possibilities. Pray for the team as the Holy Spirit has guided these folks so we can begin to prepare to physically see each other in a safe environment.  It is important work to be done.

Margo G:  Prayers of Joy that we can celebrate her mom, Patti’s birthday via a social distancing family BBQ together.

Mary N:  Prayers of Joy that her son, the baby of the family, is celebrating his 36th birthday and she wishes for him a new chapter, new year with good new challenges ahead.

Pastor Megan:  Thanks for the continued prayers for her Aunt Marguerite, 94, her grandma’s little sister, who is still with us but declining (Sunday 6-28). She appreciates having Zoom and Google meet capabilities which has allowed her family a way to be together and support each other.

Deb F:  Prayers of Concern as she has a leaking heart value, she will make decisions on the right path for her after having a Doctors consultation this week. 

Update: 6-23-2020

Sue S: Prayers of joy that we are hearing “Amy Grant” as part of the music in our service this week.

Pastor Megan: Prayers for Melissa and the family of her sister Jen, who recently passed away, prayers to lift their family as they mourn Jen.

Update: 6-22-2020

Pastor M:  Prayers of Joy and thanks for God our Father, all our fathers and those father figures who are special and important to us.

Lynda B:  Prayers of Joy that they were able to celebrate Melissa and Megan’s engagement, the family is very excited for them. Prayers of joy as both Lynda and Joe although they tested positive for COVID,  neither one has any symptoms, they have quarantined for 2 weeks.  Joe needed to be tested before his knee surgery.  They both retested and are currently waiting for Joe to be cleared for his surgery.

Gigi G:  Prayers for my father (Pete Luz) has been diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer. The tumor is located in between two major arteries and it is too risky to surgically remove at this time. He will undergo a diagnostic laparoscopy this coming week (6/24 or 6/25) to biopsy the lymph node and the surrounding areas involved. This is also to determine the type of chemotherapy drugs to administer to him. He will receive 3 – 4 cycles of chemotherapy to decrease the size of the tumor. Please pray for successful and safe treatments and procedures, full recovery, and healing. May he not waver in his faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you.

Wayne & Virginia S:  Prayers for Claire who is handling her new Chemo drugs very well. At the moment she is acting like a 10-year-old which is so great. We will be heading to Wisconsin this coming week to spend time with her. The fact that she is doing well right now is a miracle. Please keep her in your prayers because they do work.

Lori A:  Prayers of Concern for her girlfriend’s adult son, Devan, ask God to guide him and help him deal with life.

Mary N:  Prayers for her brother in law and sister in law, Jimmy and Beth, as they mourn their son’s death from heroin overdose and help them try to deal with this.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers for the Jackson family as they mourn the death of David’s nephew, Jeff.  Also, prayers for David as he will be doing part of the eulogy.

Margo G: Prayers for Pastor Megan and the family of her aunt Marguerite, 94, her grandma’s little sister, who tested negative for COVID, but something set off other issues. She is currently only eating ice cream, being a diabetic, if they cannot get her to eat and drink her health will decline.  The family has been gathering via Zoom to help support her cousin who is physically with the aunt so he can break occasionally. 

Kitty G:  Prayers for her friend Lupita, her father in law is having problems that is affecting the whole family. Prayers for the whole family.

Update: 6-18-2020

Gail C: Prayers for our Red Cross blood drive, Sunday, July 12. They have extended our blood drive from 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. as blood shortages are extremely low. Prayers for a cure for the COVID19 soon.

Updates: 6-17-2020

Lynda B:  Prayers of Joy for her daughter Missy and partner Megan just got engaged, no date set yet, she is very excited for them.

Anne M. S:  Prayers of Joy that we celebrated Bartlett High School graduates with a parade.

Richard H:  Prayers of joy that their 3 grandchildren that had COVID, stayed quarantined for 2 weeks and have now received an all clear bill of health. Prayers of joy their daughter who is in Texas, to visit their 4-month-old great grandson and celebrated a 90th birthday of their daughter’s other great grandmother during their visit.

Ann T:  Prayers of joy that her grandchild, Mackenzie just turned 2 years old and they are celebrating her birthday with a family party.

Anne M S:  Prayers of concern as her daughter Great lost her job on Friday, hope she finds something soon, prayers for whole family.

Patti P: Prayers for Margo and family as they mourn the passing of Marc’s mom Rika.  Prayers of healing for them all.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers for Melissa and family as they mourn the passing of her sister Jen, who fought a long and hard battle, she is with God. See Melissa’ Facebook page for streaming of the funeral held Monday at noon.

Kitty G: Prayers of concern as she lost her job on Tuesday, she resumes her job search.

Pastor Megan:  Prayers of concern for a sister NIC UM church who had their zoom meeting interrupted by someone speaking racial slurs and anger. Pastor had to disconnect Zoom worship and switch to their Facebook page to continue.  Prayers for those who have anger and hatred in their hearts, may their hearts soften and minds open.  Prayers for all those who gather in prayer that their virtual space is not violated.

Laura S: Prayers of concern for a family relative, June F., who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Pastor Megan: Prayers for her family as they are holding vigil for her aunt Marguerite, 94, during her time of transition.

Updates: 6-12-2020

Melissa K. – Her sister Jen passed away on Thursday. Prayers for her family during this time.

Margo G. – Her mother-in-law Rika passed away on Wednesday. Prayers for her family at this time.

Updates: 6-8-2020

Mary N:  Prayers of Joy a business’s owner in Chicago said they are working together with positive energy and representing fairness, felt good to hear positive feelings, protests went smoothly, and enjoyed Thursday’s prayer service.

Deb F:  Prayers of Joy that her son Andy. who was on active duty during protest and looting said he has not experienced problems or hassles during this time, and the protests were peaceful.

Ann M:  Prayers of Thanks that she has people to talk to that listen to her concerns and help her to open her heart and mind to different ideas.

Lynda B:  Prayers of joy that protests help us push forward and see positive changes in our future, feels most Americans are on board with these changes.  Also, joyful that she has a big yard that allowed her children and grandchildren to gather and see one another.

Deb:  Prayers of thanks to Diane for work on Thursday’s meeting, information was very informative.

Margo G:  Prayers of concern for Rika, her mother in law, who is in the hospital and has not eaten for a few days, no diagnosis yet. Update: Rika is currently on a ventilator and in ICU with heart issues. Prayers that doctors find out what is wrong so they can fix it.

Lynda B:  Prayers of concern for husband Joe who is having knee surgery on Monday, prayers it goes well.

Pastor M:  Prayers for her whole family they have lost several cousins and most recently as they are mourning the loss of her cousin Bobby, Battle Creek, MI. She is glad he is a peace now.

Melissa K:  Prayers for her sister Jen as she prepares to meet Jesus shortly, she has recently declined and prayers to keep her comfortable, prayers for a peaceful passing and prayers for the whole family. Jen truly a child of God.

Kitty G:  Prayers for her niece, Heather, needed to have a port replaced in her chest that was not working, it was put in a vein that was too small so she’s getting blood clots. Currently on blood thinner and will see Doctor Monday.

Updates: 5/31/2020

Kitty G: Prayers of joy as she has a job! Pray it will work out and her health and safety won’t be comprimised.

Heather F: Prayers of joy that the Karavas’s grandson, Weston, is out of the NICU and home with mom and dad.

Margo’s Mom: Prayers of thanks that out of 98 apartments in her complex, only one person contracted the COVID19, she’s thankful no one else has gotten it.

Mary N: Prayers of joy as the weather has been ideal these last few days, hoping to clone this weather for all of June.

Lynda B: Prayers of concern for her husband, Joe who hasn’t been feeling well and will be going to the doctor Monday. Prayers for her sister, Karen, who fell and broke her rib, is in a lot of pain and is supposed to be immobile for 8 weeks.

Ellen: Prayers for God’s guidance and strength for all families as to this past weekend’s events, devastating to all of us involved.

Dave H: Prayers for the community specifically those of color, that the police brutality stops and we can make progress and move on as one country.

Pastor M: Prayers for clergy of color, and all clergy, as we really struggle with witnessing what’s going on and find words to cope with generations and years of pain, prayers of healing, let the Holy Spirit give us courage and to be the one to start having conversations about the issues.

Mary N: Prayers as states begin to open it’s businesses and such, let us use common sense, protect ourselves, wear a mask, and realize it’s not over. Let us be smart and safe.

Pastor M: Prayers to lift everyone and everyone’s spirit as we continue to hope and remember and look forward to a time when we can be together again.

Updates: 5/24/2020

Mary N:  Prayers of Joy her son Hunter and his girlfriend are expecting and bought a new house. Prayers of joy that the numbers are flattening, and some essential businesses are opening.

Ann Mollsen S:  Prayers of Joy that granddaughter, Gabriella graduated from Bartlett High School.

Also, GSUMC has 6 seniors who graduated from high school. 

Kitty G:  Prayers of Joy that she and her mom had a good conversation with lots of laughs. Kitty’s mom must elevate her legs daily, so Kitty drew a picture of her mom and cat elevating her legs, her mom had a good laugh about this picture, it was good to hear mom’s laughter.

Diane W: Prayers of Joy that she and her husband are celebrating 39 years of marriage today.

Ann Mollen S:  Prayers of concern as Leo’s glucose levels are high and Doctors figure out the reasons, and he also had surgery on his face, prayers that they got all the cancer.

Jacquie H. Her friend Katie’s sister who is a nurse has COVID19 and lives with mom and dad, prayers for the Schaefer family that they do not get COVID19 also.

Heather F:  Prayers for The Karavas’s grandson Weston, is in NICU, he had a traumatic birth, prayers that he can go home soon, hopefully Tuesday.  Also, prayers for Karavas’s as their house was flooded, and they are dealing with this as well.

Pastor Megan:  Mel and Marlon who have been working extensively are also supporting their aunt and uncle whose house had 3 feet of flooding, it has been a challenge to help her and work.

Jean D:  Prayers for her daughter and new son, who had a difficult delivery and the baby has a broken collar bone. Prayers of joy on the birth of their new grandson who is now home and doing well.

Margo G:  Prayers of Joy that Elise, who was not feeling well for 2 weeks is now feeling better.


Updates: 5/22/20

-Mel R.: Prayers for Mel & Marlon as they work on helping Marlon’s Aunt and Uncle following a flood in their basement, while continuing to work. Marlon’s Aunt and Uncle were swept away in the flood, but not harmed. Also, prayers for people trying to find ways to stay in their home and keep their businesses afloat.

Updates:  5/21/20

-Alexa S:  Prayers for two children of my brother-in-law, Jerry C., are currently dealing with health issues. Tim C. has been dealing with a cancer diagnosis and most recently has taken a fall that he is not recovering from. He is a diabetic and his feet have turned black so they are grafting tissue from other parts of his body.
-Jerry’s other son, Michael, recently had a tumor found on his pancreas. He is scheduled for a biopsy next week.

-Kitty G:  Her sister Beth asking for a prayer request for Mike, who has liver cancer, will have surgery June to remove grapefruit size tumor, later date he will need to have other tumors removed.  Prayers for his wife Carrie and their daughter.

Updates: 5/17/2020

-Gigi G: Hello, my dear Church Family and Fellow Prayer Warriors. My family needs your help. Our Dad (Pete Luz), who is in the Philippines, was just discharged from his 2nd hospital admission and currently at home recovering. The doctors found a mass in his pancreas and we pray it is benign or it will miraculously disappear. He will be undergoing major surgery (Whipple Procedure) anytime in the coming weeks. We are hoping for a miracle right now. Please spread the word also so that a lot of people will pray for him. Let us storm heaven with prayers for him and those who are ill. We serve a powerful God. Thank you! ❤️Gigi G. & Family

-Chris Leo:  Prayers of thanks for a beautiful day which has certainly lifted spirits.  Prayers of thanks that her brother found work, while he does have to travel, thankful he has a job.

-Pastor Megan:  Prayers of thanks from Jodie, Little Angels Asst. Director, she is thankful to Good Shepherd family for prayers and support during her mom’s illness and passing.

-Pam K:  Prayers for her daughter Emily, who is pregnant, baby is getting big and they will induce on Thursday if baby does not come before then.  Prayers for safe delivery for mom and baby.

-Lynda B:  Prayers for upcoming Blood Drive, this is first time she is volunteering so prayers that it goes well. Prayers to all volunteers, technicians, and donors who support this essential event.

-Margo G:  Prayers as she returns to work on Monday, she has concerns for this reentry into workplace.

-Pastor Megan: Prayers of safety to all of those who have been at workplaces and those who will be returning to their workplace. Prayers for Dale S. as he was in route to see his sister in Iowa when he received a call from home saying they had water in their house, so he had to turn around and go home to assist. Prayers for all those who have had water in their home, Pastor Megan has had water as well. Prayers for all her colleagues who has been ministering at a distance, and those challenges that this brings. Prayers for a colleague who has COVID19.

-John W:  Prayers for all of us to get along as we live within the limits of our houses, these are challenging times.

-Melissa K: Prayers for her sister, Jen, who had a round of chemo recently that was rough, she needs lots of rest from receiving this.  Jen will continue to receive blood treatments.  Glad that Melissa’s children and her sister’s children will be coming soon. Please lift Jen and Melissa during this time. If you would like to send a card to brighten her day, please send to: Jen Chapman 12337 County Road 4048 Holts Summit, MO  65043

Updates: 05/16/2020

Pam K. – prayers for Emily. She will be induced this Thursday if the baby doesn’t come before then.

-Jodie R: Prayers of thanksgiving for the love and support from Good Shepherd

-Pastor Megan: Prayers for Darneather Murph-Heath, our District Superintendent, who stopped by our church and prayed in the parking lot for our congregation, prayers for her health and strength during this time.

-Mary N: Prayers of joy her physical therapist told her she not longer needs to see her; Mary is functioning well on her own! She is happy she had a smooth transition from her surgery.

-Kristine R:  Happy Mother’s Day to all, thanks for the garden flowers at church.

-Kitty G:  Prayers for her Uncle Bob who suffered a massive heart attack in April and though he woke up and was hungry for a short time, he passed away this past week. Prayers for his beautiful family as they lay him to rest.

-Pastor Megan: Prayers to lift Jodie, LA teacher, her mom, Geneva, has passed away fighting COVID, prayers for the whole family. Prayers also for Anna, LA teacher, as her family works together to make the best decisions moving forward with her mom’s health issues. Prayers for Jeremy J. as he recovers as well as his whole family.

-Heather F:  Prayers for her mom who has a rash and is not able to see a Doctor due to offices being closed, prayers for an ease in her pain from this.

-Lori A:  Prayers for Terry K. for what he is going through battling pain as he continues to fight his cancer.

-Melissa K: Continued prayers for her sister Jen who is battling cancer.

Updates: 05/08/2020

-Prayers for Jodie R. (Little Angels Assistant Director) and family in the loss of her mom.

-Prayers for Anne D. (Little Angels Teacher) and her family as the make decisions regarding her mom.

-Deb F: Prayers of joy Andy’s test for COVID came back negative.

-Mary N: Prayers of joy and thanks to Pastor Megan and Margo for giving us online worship each week! Prayers of joy that the tulips she planted at church have bloomed and are in full color.

-John W: Prayers of joy his nephew and wife had a baby girl named Blair, by emergency C-section (that was unexpected) but mom and baby are doing well, they had a good social distance family outing to see new life and family members.

-Lynda B: Prayers of joy that her and Mary celebrated with Ann T. by having a social distancing birthday party outside complete with cake.

-Kristine R: Prayers of joy to see the beautiful tulips as the girls played in the church parking lot.

-Anne Mollen S: Thankful her son, who worked downtown, that neither he nor his co-workers got the virus. Prayers of joy that all those patients were able to go home.

-Heather F: Prayers of Joy that she has been feeding the birds and taking pictures of them. An Indigo Bunting showed up.

Indigo Bunting at Heather F.’s bird feeder

Heather F: Prayers for Terry Kane who is in a lot of pain from his back and lung cancer. Prayers for his son Sean who has moved in and taking care of him. Please support the meal train link to help Terry and Sean

-Anne Mollsen S: Prayers for her friends’ husband that fell and had to go to a nursing home, where he got infected with COVID and passed away. Prayers for Leo who has back pain but is stubborn and will not call the doctor, give him pain relief and wisdom. Prayers for Anne for patience and support as she cares for him.

-Deb F: Prayers for the results from COVID tests to come back in a quicker time frame.

-Margo G: Prayers for Elise, her daughter, continued good health as her blood pressure and echo cardiogram went well.

-Margo’s mom: Prayers for Elise who is an ICU nurse, dealing with COVID patients at North Western Hospital

-Lori A: Prayers for Moses, son of friend who deals with substance abuse. Prayers for all people who have mental health struggles and are not dealing well with this.

-Roger H: Prayers for co-workers who have been let go and all those dealing with job loss.

-Chris L: Prayers for her brother who is out work, currently in the process of getting a loan, this is a very slow process, prayers he will be able to get through this.

-Mary N: Prayers that God protects governor as he makes decisions to begin the process of opening businesses, give him a watchful eye.

-Melissa K: Continued prayers for her sister Jen who is battling cancer. They took Jen to hospital on Friday she was administered 2 units of blood and then they were able to bring her home. Please lift Jen and Melissa during this time.

-Rachelle T: another friend has been lost to COVID19. Prayers for our cousin and her baby who are fighting for their lives.

04 /28/2020

–Jodie (L.A. Assistant Director): Prayers for her mom who has tested positive for COVID19. After initially improving, she is now in decline. Prayers for a peaceful transition, and prayers for Jodie’s family.

-Ann T: Prayers of joy celebrating her 80th birthday, would of loved to share birthday cake with  church people. Happy Birthday to Roger H. whose birthday is this week too.

-Diane W: Prayers of joy that we are blessed with new granddaughter, Aviana.

-Kitty G: Prayers for her aunt Jackie of MI who passed away from COVID19, prayers for Uncle Bob in Nashville who suffered a massive heart attack, his family, Thelma and children, is with him and he’s trying to come back

-Ann T: Prayers for Michelle W. who has breast cancer, she’s a baker for our cookie walk.

-Wayne S: Prayers for Clair bear as she starts a new regiment of chemo treatments, new hope!

-Sue S: Prayers for family of Sharon’s husband niece who had a fire and lost everything.

-Deb F: Prayers for Andy who’s not feeling well, currently not sure what his illness is

-Margo G: Prayers for Elise, her daughter, who has elevated heart rates, been back and forth to the ER, pray to resolve what is causing this elevation

-Sue B: Prayers for Wade’s mother, Evelyn has passed away. Prayers for family at this time. Also prayers for Wade’s brother Don as his warehouse is clearing out.

-Sandy (L.A. Teacher): Prayers for her sister-in-law, Mary, who is undergoing cancer treatments. Also prayers for Sandy’s brother Tom, and son TJ.

-Our Good Shepherd Students, Youth, and Children. This has been a challenging time.

-Ann T: Prayers of thanks for a beautiful day today! No snow, birds are signing, took a walk in the garden.

-Lynda B: Prayers of joy that she babysits the twins on Tuesday, they all had fun. Prayers for stepdaughter’s mom for continued recovery, which is going well.

-Diane W: Prayers of thanks that we are finding ways to communicate and joy in seeing people’s faces. Joy that we should have a grandchild by end of week.

-Mary N:  Prayers for sister in New York who is recovered from COVID19, she tested positive again, even though she has no symptoms, it is a puzzle. May God surround her sister and her sister’s husband.

-Lois M-D:  Prayers of healing for Angela.

-Dave H:  Prayers for his cousin Joe, who suffered a stroke and is in a care facility, which someone in facility has COVID19.

-Lori A:  Prayers for people with mental health issues that in seclusion, dealing with mental health is a challenge, may they find comfort in at home resources that are available to them.

-Pastor M:  Prayers for her cousin Anna who had a bad asthma attack, appears to not be COVID19 and is only asthma.


Meal Train for Terry Kane:



We are thankful that with our resources we can help at least some who are in need.

-Strongs: Claire is home for Easter and her first cancer anniversary. She has outlived projections.

-Jen (Melissa K’s sister): Thankful for all of the prayers and encouragement from Good Shepherd

Melissa: Jen is still with us and getting blood transfusions. She got a visit from her grandbabies.

Roes: Thankful for Good Shepherd support in loss of nephew Seamus. Continued prayers for the family.

Mary N: Thankful for a good week of recovery from knee surgery

Sue S:  Happy her mother in law’s in rehab is now thriving, getting good help, was able to wave from outside the window to her

Jacqui H: Her sister is doing much better. Continued prayers for her.

Margo: Thankful for first responders and those who are working including pizza delivery people. Happy to see everyone.

John W: Blessing to hear all the stories of people getting fed and being served with no questions asked!

Mary N:  Prayers of gratitude that her sister is home from the hospital recovering and her sister’s husband is still feeling weak but showing signs of getting stronger. Thankful that she is getting stronger and healing.

Ann MS:  Everyone is doing well, Leo is feeling better and everyday walking a bit farther, we are keeping our spirits up enjoying video calls. Blessing that their granddaughter, who’s cancelled prom was supposed to be this past weekend, the prom photographer offered free pictures in the forest preserve to all.

Lynda B:  Grateful that her children and their spouses have jobs. Blessings that her cousin, Mary Ellen is doing well despite having lung cancer.

Margo G: Blessing that her friend Cynthia’s test came back negative for virus, although she does have ammonia. Happy that they were able to give Elise her a car to use so she doesn’t have to use public transportation to get back and forth to work at hospital.  God is good all the time!

Diane W:  Blessing to see family and friends through virtual media. Happy that we have good things in our lives as upcoming marriage for son and daughter in law and new grandchild due in April.


We lift all of those affected by the virus.

We lift everyone who is in need.

We lift those who are in unhealthy shelter-in-place situations (abuse, sanitation, incarceration).

Continued prayers for health care workers and “essential” workers.

-Mary N.: Prayers that we can stay together and there will be a cure

-Anne T. : This is an Easter we will never forget; patience for those working behind the scenes caring for all

-Melissa K: Continued prayers for her sister Jen who is battling cancer.

-Juanita D.: Prayers for the world, that we will pray, talk, and listen

-Johnsons: Prayers for Jeremy’s recovery. We are thankful for those who have jobs. Prayers for those who have lost jobs

-Lori: perspective and help

-Margo: Anna is struggling in pain and having extra bleeding; continued prayers for relief efforts. Elise is feeling better

-Kitty: Aunt Jackie who is 95 and has the virus; brother in law rushed to hospital on wednesday with a mini stroke

-Chris Leo: Brother is self employed and having a hard time

-CrasH: healing for Rose and her family

-Kitty G: My elderly Uncle Bob (in Nashville) was having trouble breathing last week & was rushed to the hospital where they were able to rule out the Corona virus and treat him. He is now in rehab & of course can’t see my Aunt Thelma who is so concerned. Prayers for them & for my cousins (also in Nashville) who aren’t even allowed to help either of them.

-Pam K: prayers for my daughter who is pregnant and recently diagnosed with gestational diabetics

-Lynna J:  prayers for all health care workers, those working outside of their home, grocery store workers etc. Prayers for her sister who is going through a divorce, current situation is making this process extra complicated.

-Tammy W: Friend Marc has passed away from COVID19. The senior we were praying for is doing better.

Sue B: Prayers for daughter, Lauren, following a severe allergic reaction and trip to the emergency room. She is home now and resting. Sue is exhausted.

Diane: prayers for caregivers and front line workers.

Anne M.: Daughter is home for a week with a fever; also prayers for safety.

Mary N: concerned for first responders and teenagers and others who are not being diligent with staying at home

Lynda B: For those who are struggling

Sapps: Neices and nephews that are first line people. Prayers for people who can’t be with families, and those who are grieving, and those who are sick and can’t have visit

Anne T: Hopefully soon something will be discovered to help those who are critically ill and a vaccine developed

Chris J: mom is home by herself

David J: prayers for these unprecedented times

Sue S:  Prayers for Jacquie H. sister whose cat passed away; she is all alone

Mel R: Prayers for her aunt who had heart surgery. It was successful but still pray for full recovery. And this economic downturn paralyzing families is heartbreaking.

Roger & Lisa H:  Prayers for COVID19 work being done, coping to stay healthy. Prayers for people who must go into office that they can stay healthy.

Diane KH:  Prayers for health care workers, and Cecily, who is at risk to exposure, unsung heroes that help.

Chris L:  Prayers for those feeling trapped and support with challenges they face.

Terri T:  Prayers that minds come together to work on this problem, Lord move in lives of those who have brilliant minds to quickly find ways to overcome virus.

Mary N:  Prayers for her nephew and family members of his friend, Anthony, who has passed away.

Prayers for scientists and all families being isolated.

Ann MS:  Prayers for her son who is a Physician Assistant.

Lynda B:  Prayers for her daughter and son in law who work for Loyola, as they are working long and stressful hours.

Margo G:  Prayers for friend Cynthia who has pneumonia. Proud of daughter Elise, who works in ICU directly with COVID19 patients, she is well, prayers for health. Prayers for Melissa K. and her sister Jan who has cancer.

Diane W: Prayers for the family of her Uncle Dom, who passed away on Sunday.

Pastor Megan:  (from Gail) Prayers for folks who are helped by PADS, GSUMC is no longer doing PADS at Prince of Peace they officially closed, a mega church will be supporting them.  They are currently still being cared for in a hotel with are need experiencing own bed, shower and privacy. Also, prayers for those who have food allergies and or intolerance, that they are receiving the nutrition they need as people hoard food.


Ann T: Thanks to all workers: police, fire, medical, etc. for all they do, not sure how we will be able to repay them. God bless them.

May we have a blessed Holy Week and Easter.