Pastor Joyce's sermons

Prayer for the Week

February 16, 2020



Taken up from the nations and gathered from all countries, 

      We come home to you, O God, as we pray for healing.

Grant us a new Spirit removing from us our hearts of stone,

      So we may be your people living under your                               commandments,                  

Always praising you and serving you as our God, 

      Who are the God of all nations and peoples.

In the name of him who came to give us hearts of faith,            Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.


Thoughts for the Week

February 16, 2020


I can’t die but once.

Harriet Tubman

American resistor



Dare to declare who you are. It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech. The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.

Hildegard of Bingen



Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. 

Corrie Ten Boom

Dutch resistor



Our Congregation


Prayer is a way we gain strength from God as we face life's burdens and concerns as well as joys. Please use the e-mail link to have your name, your concerns or your joys added to our prayer list. Prayer requests are confidential, known to God and the pastor. 


Pray for Ann and Bill Clemmer helping bring health and wellness in the name of Jesus to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

––Ann and Dr. Bill currently reside in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Congo-Rwanda border. They work with IM partners Heal Africa and IMA World Health. Bill is currently based in Beni; he leads an international team of doctors, nurses and technical personnel who are responding to the current Ebola crisis, the largest in Congo's history. Ann is based in the town of Goma, 240 km away, where she serves on the Executive Board of Heal Africa, advocating for and overseeing educational and relief services to orphans and vulnerable children. 

––Bill writes - As we enter our 29th year of overseas service with International Ministries, we only need to look at our past . . . to know that He will walk with us tomorrow. 

––I think back to our commissioning service in the summer of 1992 in Green Lake, Wisconsin, with three young children and a fourth on the way; never could we have imagined on that memorable day the number of countries that God would send us to, the unique challenges and opportunities along the way, and the daily evidence of his abiding presence. 

Global Ministries

United Church of Christ​​​​​​​


  2  Abigail Fate, Mexico
  9  Fiyori Kidane, Greece
16  Abigail Hernandez, Japan
23  Dustin Riebel, Ecuador

American Baptists Churches

International Ministries 

International Ministries, also known as the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, works cross-culturally to invite people to become disciples of Jesus Christ and to proclaim, through both word and deed, God's reign of justice, peace and abundant life for all creation.

Pray for David Sagar providing discipleship and leadership training and building networks to bless Indian communities globally.

––The Rev. Dr. David Sagar is an active American Baptist pastor in Chicago also serving as an International Ministries associate development worker in India. Building on 11 years of service as an IM special assistant to India, David will provide discipleship and leadership training and build networks to bless Indian communities globally. He will also be available as a resource person for the Baptist Council of Telugu Churches and the India Mission Coordination Committee. 

––He writes - During my recent Mission Trip to India, ≠we have launched a biblically based Missionary movement program initiated by IM on Unity among Telugu on Unity Baptists along with some like minded Telugu Baptist leaders in Telangana and Andhra states.

––Also, this initiative is an outcome spark of the India Baptisit Summit 2019 held in Hyderabad,  India. There are approximately more than 1 million Telugu Baptists living in these two states and more scattered in other parts of the globe. As I am leadingthis initiative globally,  I need prayers for divine wisdom, leading and guidance.  

––My particular prayer request for 'Telugu Baptist

Samaikhyathainitiative'to bring biblically based among Telugu Baptists and to prepare the church for the future.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Rom. 12:12 NRSV