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This week's community joys & concerns from December 31, 2023

Among our Joys:

  • Christmas is here! On this 6th day of Christmas, we look forward to Epiphany next week. The church’s year started with the Advent season, but tomorrow begins a new calendar year. A chance to remember, to ponder, and to give thanks for what has been and what will be. This past year was a year of surprise and hard work in this community, but also a year of new flourishing and growth.

These past weeks there were two deaths close to our community.

  • On December 20, Esther Woodcock’s brother, Paul Freeman, died after a long battle with cancer.

  • Mel Peabody’s partner, Bear, died earlier this week.


We lift them up in this time of transition.

We pray for Mel, for Bear, for Esther, for Paul, for their families, for their chosen families, and for all others who know and love and cared for them these past years.

Among our concerns, we pray for:

  • Alex Tapia

  • Larry Levy

  • Charlene Housman

  • Harriet Wright

  • Corrine Bahrke's friend, Loralie

  • Martha Redford's friends, Margo and Teresa

  • For all our homebound friends, for Harry and Margaret Lobberegt, Helen Bosley, Marylu and Joseph Mills and Jane Nelson.

Among our local and global community,

  • Those in harm's way in the Israel-Hamas conflict, and for the many whose lives have been cut short due to violence.

  • We continue to pray for those in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and many other places around the world in the midst of conflict and strife.

  • We lift up the village on 6th and Orchard, remembering too those of our neighbors who remain especially vulnerable in this season. We pray for the fervor to continue doing all we can to care for the least among us in tangible, faith-filled ways.

  • We lift up our Global Ministries partner, The Aizu Radiation Information Center in Japan, as they help guide the continued response to the earthquake, tsunami, and meltdown of 2011


If you'd like to share a prayer joy or concern, please contact Pastor Doug at or by calling the church office. Please indicate whether your prayer is to be shared publicly, or if you'd like it to be kept private.

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