Parent Day of Prayer

Much of the Christian life is sharing the journey with others who are on the narrow path with us. One way that we can share the journey is to speak to our Heavenly Father, or pray, together. When we bring our joys and concerns together to God, we are united in a unique way. We are able to lift each other up as we lift our hearts to God.

Too often prayer is something we only do on our own. While time alone with God is important, we miss much if we never come together as a community of believers to pray. On Saturday, March 10, 2012, we have an opportunity to come together to pray for the George Fox community. For many years the George Fox Parent Council has hosted a Parent’s Day of Prayer. This year we decided to invite not just parents but also students, alumni and anyone who has a love for GFU to come and pray together. So, instead of a Parent’s Day of Prayer, the Parent Council is hosting the University Day of Prayer on March 10 from 9 a.m. to noon.

A day of prayer might sound intimidating if you have never tried it. Let me share a bit of what is planned. First of all, it is not a day of prayer but a morning of prayer from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be plenty of time left in the day to visit with your student(s). Secondly, a day of prayer does not mean spending the whole time with “every head bowed, every eye closed.”

The University Day of Prayer is a time to come together as a community and listen to what God has to say to us. That happens in a variety of ways. We will listen to God and each other through music led by students and a Scripture reflection from one of the campus pastors. We will share a little of our stories and give thanks to God for what he is doing. Prayer will be active as we walk around the campus and pray for what goes on in the buildings. We might need to warm up as we come back inside, but our hearts will be warmed as we continue to pray together and then conclude with students praying for those who have gathered.

I hope you can join us in Newberg on March 10. However, if distance makes a Newberg trip impractical, there are six off-campus locations scattered from Seattle to Los Angeles. Our off-campus sites include: Klamath Falls, Ore; Vancouver, Seattle (North) and Bellevue, Wash.; Boise, Idaho; and Los Angeles. If none of those locations are close enough, you can have your own prayer time for George Fox. We will even send you a list of prayer requests if you would like. For more details and to register for the University Day of Prayer, visit the website:

As a parent of a student at George Fox, I hope that you will join us in praying for the university. You may also pass on an invitation to someone else you know who might be interested in joining us.

Winslow Thurston
Parent Council Member