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Pastor - Jerome Kennedy

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Sandy Shaffer

Pat & Pete Kniseley

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Praise God, Shirley did well! Continue to lift her in prayer as she recovers and goes thru therapy.

Deb,

This is just a quick update on Shirley Walters. The surgery went well and she's responding to treatment.

 

Remember to keep lifting Arlene in prayer too. This is a dark valley that she and her family are walking thru.


 

The Kramer house on Hunters Grove Road isn't for sale as previously announced. God has other plans for this family! After finding out the farm was an Amish farm, and because the Kramers kind of like having electricity, plumbing, a heating system and hot water tank...they've decided to explore other options.  😊

 

Also be aware that the website won't be updated until sometime at the beginning of the week. Scott has a busy weekend coming up with 40th year class reunion (when did we get this old?!). And he needs a little time to figure out the new Windows 10 program. So stay tuned...he'll get to it when he can! I thank God, often, for all the behind the scenes work Scott does to keep us on the web...and to solve out computer problems! He is a blessing to the Faithful Followers Charge!

 

Have a great week-end folks! Hope to see you at the Lord's Table this Sunday!

Pray for your Pastor, the Church (universal), and our nation!

 


 

Sandy ended up in the ER during the night with terrible leg pain. Praise God...the pain isn't cancer related!! It is her sciatic nerve...which can be very painful.  Pray for relief from the pain in addition to healing of her cancer.

 

James 5:14-16 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another,that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

 


Tonight I got an email from Sandy asking for prayer. Her cancer numbers have sky rocketed again...and she has to go back down to Pittsburgh on Tuesday to see what's next. Pray that she can be at peace with whatever the doctors decide.

She is also having a lot of pain in her leg, pray that she can get some relief from that.

She needs our prayers folks! Let's pray her thru this storm!

As I read the email, I'm sitting in my chair looking at the big beautiful moon in the sky...knowing only a great big wonderful God could create something like that! But then I start to question Him.  God, I don't understand why Sandy has cancer again. She's young and her kids still need her! She loves You and she loves her family. She has so much life to live. Why, Lord?

Have you ever questioned God?  I sure have. There's lots I don't understand! Like cancer. Like why people fight wars. Why my friends in Kenya live in poverty. Why people cheat and betray each other. And why hard working, people can't find jobs. And lots more...my list of Questions is long.

But when We focus on the "whys" of life, frustration and fear crowd out Faith. I don't think it's wrong to ask God hard questions. He doesn't seem to mind. But we can't let our questions shake our faith. Sadly, we don't always get answers to our "why" questions. Could it be that we are trying to understand what we don't need to?

I remember my first plane ride...when I was going to Kenya. I had never been on a plane...and wasn't sure I trusted it to get me over the ocean! When the plane took off with a bump, my stomach jumped as well.  Immediately God brought Proverbs 3:5 to mind: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." And I was able to relax a bit.

We don't have to know the "why" to all our questions to have peace.  We just have to know "Who" ... and He is completely trustworthy. God's wisdom and knowledge is perfect.

God doesn't need to explain everything to us. It's hard to accept that, but true.

Let's just keep on lifting her in prayer. God is in control! Let's trust Him!!

Pray too for Shannon! They'll be taking her back to IL to school on August 7.

Thanks Prayer Warriors!

-Deb


 

Karen Wolfe's granddaughter, Brooke and baby Kain got home from the hospital on Monday.  Praise God!

 

Continued prayers are needed for Peg & Craig's sister-in-law, Pauline.

 


 

Bertha "Birdie" Burkett is in need of prayer. She had a stroke last night. Was taken to Cleveland hospital.

Please keep her in prayer.

 


 

Remember Peg & Craig's sister-in-law, Pauline, today as she had her surgery.

 


 

Praise God! Hope came home from the hospital this evening. Pray that she regains her strength.

 

Please lift Pam & Gene MacIntosh (Meade Chapel) in prayer as they grieve the lose of their son.

 

And also for the family of 15 year old Jeremy Learish. Jeremy took his own life yesterday. I can't even imagine the hurt the family is experiencing!

 

In this season of Nominating meetings...be in prayer about where you might serve in your church. Please don't say "I can't do that" without first making it a matter of prayer. If you are approached by the nominating committee...Pray about it...knowing that they have already prayed about the matter before they ask you. Allow God to lead, guide and direct you. You'll be surprised what you and God can do! Pray! Listen! Submit to His Will...and then set back and watch God do what only He can do thru you...in service to your Church and the world.

 


 

Karen Wolfe requested that we post a copy of her report from annual conference.

 

Annual Conference 2015

 


 

Praising God that Nate and his dad, John, had a good time at Boy Scout Camp!

 

Their family is also Praising Him that an offer they had placed on a farm in the Hazen area has been accepted. Pray with them please, that they are able to sell their home on Hunters Grove Road and that the transition will be smooth.

And if you know of anyone looking for a home in the country...tell them to call the Kramers!

 

Dana says they intend to continue to bring Emily & Nate to SonBeams/Youth...so we praise God for that too!

 


Below is an attached application for Lay Ministry school. Please note that ALL can attend these classes! You don't have to be a lay speaker! Many take them for their own personal growth.

I am currently enrolled in "Leading in Worship" in the Dayton school on Thursday evenings...and am learning lots of new ideas and enjoying the class and the fellowship very much!

 Pray about it! God may be calling you to try something new!

Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 8:13:22 AM
Subject: FW: Reynoldsville Lay Servant School brochure/application

Pastors and Secretaries,
Please find the attached application for the Reynoldsville Lay Servant
school.
Thanks,
Sherry

2015 Reynoldville School Application.pdf


 

Rylee Lindermuth and Grace Hannah are at Camp Allegheny this week. Please pray that their hearts will be open to all God has in store for them there!!


Thyra has asked for : Prayers for Mark Pangallo. He's in DRMC having tests run as he has been experiencing weakness up his legs. (If I'm remembering correctly, Mark is a diabetic, so this could be a huge problem)

Peg's sister-in law, Pauline Kniseley is having surgery on Tuesday. Please keep her in prayer.

Prayers for Shirley Walter as she prepares for back surgery in Pittsburgh later this week.

Prayers for Hilary J. As she goes for a biopsy of her thyroid...next week.

Continue to lift Sandy, Arlene, Andy, Connie, Dwedor, Nan's Aunt Jean, Karen's granddaughter Brooke and little Kain and Hope (not getting out of hospital today, as expected). 

Continue to pray for families in turmoil...Especially children who are hurt by it.

 If you missed church this morning...you missed a good message...and WE MISSED YOU!  

We all face temptations...but you need to Watch and pray so that you will not fall into them! 

Attached is the message from this morning. If you missed it, take time to read it. If you know someone struggling with temptation (and who doesn't?) send them a copy.

JULY 26TH SERMON


Please lift Nan's Aunt Joan in prayer.

 Subject: Prayer request

Please pray for my Aunt Joan. She is my aunt in TN that we go to see every July. Just saw her this past weekend. She fell yesterday and broke her hip and shoulder. She is scheduled for surgery this morning. She is 97 years old but not just a good 97, she's an amazing 97 year old.

Thanks,
Nan

 


 

Dana Kramer has asked for prayer for John and Nate and all of the Pack 64 Scouts and crew as they head to Camp Mountain Run today for four days. (May they see God in the beauty of nature!)

 

And she also ask us to please pray for an 11 year old girl named Skylar. She received a scalp wound from a horse that reared up on her, at the fair,m coming down on her head. She was life flighted from Brookville hospital because she was a child and it was head trauma. Thankfully she had no concussion...just required stitches.

Pray for all involved in the fair. Those showing their animals, those working and serving and those just going to enjoy it. I know many of our Faithful Follower people are involved in it. May their "lights" shine brightly in that place this week!

 

Continue to pray too, for Hope. They did finally put a port in, to make receiving her antibiotics a little easier...but she still has some discomfort with her back. Pray for Ray too. As you can imagine he's just kinda lost without her at home. He spends every afternoon by her side...but that's really out of his element too.


I know I keep reminding you to pray for Sandy and Arlene...but I'm asking again! Cancer is stubborn. We have to be persistent in prayer and stand up against it in faith believing that God hears and answers prayer! 

Pray for wisdom for the doctors and all who care for them

Pray that God will use them and chemo and radiation and medical science as tools to heal.

Pray that their pain and nausea can be controlled.

Pray that they'll always be surrounded by friends & family to support & encourage them.

Pray for comfort, strength, courage and peace during this battle.

Pray for strength for their families.

Pray that remission will soon be reality!


Karen's 'great grandson' is still in great need of our prayers.

Subject: Kain

Brooke's baby has MIRSA and will be at children's for at least a week.  They can use lots of prayers.


 

Please continue to lift Dwedor in prayer. After a day long of tests with the eye specialist in Pittsburgh, they have determined that she is not a candidate for surgery. She goes back down on Thursday for a brain scan which will likely be followed up with medication to build up the nerves around her eyes. They think the vision problem is due to poor nutrition during the 15 years of civil crises in Liberia.

"Legally Blind" is a tough pill to swallow at her young age.  But praise God, in the storm, for doctors that have diagnosed the problem. And pray that the brain scan will come back ok and medication will help her regain some of her vision, or at least keep it from getting any worse.

And we know, through it all, God is faithful!


Let's Praise God with the Caylors & share in their Joy...for Andy's  good report!

Good news!!!!! prayers answered Andy's appointment with DR went very well 

It will take time, the chemo worked and he is on his way to recovery

Continued prayer for him and family

God is Good

Thanks, Becky


Prayers for little Kain, please. See request from Karen below.

Subject: Prayer request

Brooke & Matt Gunning's baby Kain is in children's hospital.  Please keep them all in your prayers.


 

Please keep the family of Mary McNutt in your prayers. Mary went home to be with Jesus this afternoon. Visitation will be Thursday 8:00 -1:00 at EUM. Funeral at 1:00 also at the church.

 

Pray for Dwedor as she goes to Pittsburgh (tomorrow I think) to have her eyes evaluated. Not sure if surgery is tomorrow...or if they'll have to go back for that.

 

I heard thru the grapevine that Uncle Bill was out in the yard today. Praising God for that good report!

 

Continue to lift Sandy and Arlene as well. Pray for comfort, strength, peace, and courage as they battle their cancer.

 

Pray for those who were absent from worship yesterday. And pray for those who were there. Many are fighting battles we don't know about...or understand.

Subject: newsletter

Dear Friends and Partners,

We are finally catching our breath! sigh... We are so grateful for your prayers for us and the Mihigos the last few months. We have both traveled many miles and all in the safety of God's great protective hand. Of course Gladys went home a few weeks before John Mihigo after her mom's death. She then took all 4 girls and traveled to the northern country of Uganda where her mom's funeral was held. I felt so badly for her to travel home all alone and go to arrange her mom's burial by herself, but Mihigo felt obligated to stay and fulfill the obligations he had committed to here. I agreed with them, but still hard to see her go alone to do all that. She is a strong woman!

​ Mihigo left here very early last Monday morning (July 13th) from Charleston. Then he went to Charlotte, Philadelphia, Doha, Qatar, then Entebbe, Uganda, and finally to Kigali, Rwanda. We got a brief note saying he arrived safely, but nothing about how the trip went. He probably just about has his sleep schedule back to normal by now. : )

We had a great time with them. They always challenge us in many ways, and always in the area of prayer. The Africans seem to be much more committed to prayer than we American Christians. It has given us a new fervor in that department. They are always a blessing.  Thank you to so many of you who gave generously with computers, wish list donations, and gifts of all types (including sacrificial cash gifts). You complete what we try to do when they come! : )

John is gearing up for a trip to Nicaragua July 28th. He will be teaching/training future missionaries with Missionary Ventures Latin America. Their main target audience is the Muslim world and we feel grateful to be a small part of the training for them. Pray for us both please. I hate staying behind even though I am where God wants me to be, and he dislikes traveling without me. But we will survive the separation. Pray for his safety and ability to pass on difficult concepts to ready and receptive hearts.

We are still hoping to take a medical team back into Uganda and Rwanda this fall season, but much will be required for it to come to pass. Our nurse anesthetist is still trying to raise the money for a new anesthesia machine for the small hospital in Uganda. Theirs is completely broken now and they desperately need one. I believe about 1/3 of the money has been raised. Pray with us please for the remainder to come in. If you are inclined to send a gift it can go to our mission with the memo marked simply "anesthesia machine". Thanks!

We love company so if any of you happen to be coming through the Beaufort area or need a "bed and breakfast" for a night give us a shout. Would love to see you! Thank you for standing with us in prayer and support!!

Many blessings,

John & Janie

Mission address:  Harvest Alliance International, P.O. Box 4550, Oceanside, CA 92052  Phone: 760-231-1780

If you’d like to give a gift toward the “anesthesia machine” on line here is the website:  http://harvestallianceintl.org/about/

John & Janie

http://in2africa.wordpress.com/who-we-are/

 


 

Please continue to lift Hope in prayer.  We were in this evening and she was alert and talking, but she has a blood infection. They'll need to give her IV antibiotics 10-12 days.

 

Also keep Andy Caylor in your prayers. I believe he was to have more tests yesterday.

 

And Bill Reinard as he recovers from back surgery. Keep praying for his daughter-in-law as well.

 

Pray for your Pastor, Your Church and the Faithful Followers Charge. As you prepare your hearts for worship, why not take some time and read thru 2 Samuel 7:1-14.

  

-Deb

 

Please lift Hope in your prayers. She was admitted to Brookville Hospital this evening, following what appears to be a mini stroke...plus some other health issues.

Praising God that Karen was home when Ray needed her!


 

Please keep the family of Olen Brosius in prayer.  Olen passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Viewing is Friday July 17, 2015 from 6 – 8 pm and Saturday July 18 from 10 -11 am at the Furlong Funeral Home,

 funeral will be at 11:00.

 

-Deb

Got the following update from Karen.

 

Anna Mae McMillen got home from the hospital yesterday afternoon.  She sounded good when we talked to her.  I do know that she still has two drain tubes.

Please continue to pray for both she and Ned.


From Peg...

Please pray for my nephew Mike White .he will be having surgery on his lung Wednesday at shadyside hospital.


 

Please keep the family of Bill Evans in your prayers as the grieve their lose.

 

Pray too, for comfort for Mary McNutt and her family as she nears the end of life here on earth.

 

Bill Reinard will be having back surgery on Friday. Please keep him in your prayers.

 

Continued prayer for families in turmoil. It's heartbreaking to see the devastation caused by a few bad choices. But the good news is, God forgives. He can heal and restore broken relationships, if we only let Him!

 

Praise God for the safe return of our Pastor and his family! They made it back home this morning.


Ed's sister Thelma Jean Rhodes passed away Sunday morning. There will be a Memorial service at 1:pm Wednesday at Meade Chapel . Please keep the family in your prayers.

Keep the Kennedy's in prayer as they will be traveling home soon.

 

Continue to lift Arlene. Praise God for "Team Ar", friends, family and her church family who united in prayer yesterday at 2:00...on Main St...at the Reinard Reunion...and in homes all over to pray for strength and courage for her and knowledge for the doctors.


 

Prayers for Rev. Janacek please. See below.

Subject: Pastor Janacek


Hi Deb, Just talked to Joy and she said that Pastor Janacek passed out coming out of the Port Barnett church this morning and Genie and Dan Love took him to the emergency room at Brookville hospital. That is all we know right now.

Blessings

Karen


 

Please lift my great-nephew, Isaac Mejia in your prayers. He had a skateboard accident last evening and broke both arms. They kept him in the hospital last night, waiting for the swelling to go down so they can decide if surgery is needed on the right one.

Isaac and his family just moved from VA to Maryland last week as his dad was transferred by the U.S. coast Guard.

Please continue to pray for Andy. See Becky's update below.

Pray too, for her sister Liz and brother-in-law, Chris.

 Deb,

Update for Andy he finished chemo treatments and got to come home today we would like continued prayer him and family.

My sister called me today and asked to put her and her husband on our prayer chain too. He has a stomach tumor that has to be removed. Liz & Chris live in Springfield ILL.

From our prayer chain to my sister's prayer chain good things happen from one link to another the chain is strong

Thanks, Becky


 

Jeff Zimmerman had to have wrist reconstruction surgery today, because of a motorcycle accident coming home from Erie on Saturday. Someone pulled out in front of him and he ended up wedged under the vehicle. Praise God he only suffered a broken wrist and bruises. It could have been so much worse! Praise God too, that Kara and the boys didn't witness it. They were about 10 minutes behind him and were able to wait with him until emergency responders got there. Jeff and his family have much to be thankful for!

 


 

Please continue to lift Izzy in prayer. She has a lot of swelling in her jaw...which they say is normal...but still uncomfortable.

 

Pray too, for Deron Shannon, he broke his wrist and had to have surgery on it.

 

And also keep the prayers going for Anna Mae as she recovers from her surgery.

 

I praise God for safe travels to Lay School in Dayton this evening. From Punxsy to Dayton it was raining heavily and there was a lot of water and debris on the road in addition to dodging Amish buggies!


 

Kaylee Fritsch's surgery had to be post-phoned. When they went to remove her trach, they found something in her lung. They'll be sending her back home.

 

Betty Alderton and Mary McNutt are both in need of your prayers.


 

Arlene's cancer is still progressing. She is heading to Pittsburgh today to start plan D.

Please Pray, prayer warriors, that this new chemo works!


 

Little Kaylee Frantz will have spinal fusion surgery in Children's Hospital tomorrow (Thursday).  This will be a very long and intense surgery...so pray for her endurance...as well as her orthopedic surgeon, Vincent Deeney.

Pray for her family as well, as the journey has been long.

 


 

Please pray for Nan's sister Kay and family. Her Brother-in-law, Ed Raybuck passed away this morning. Although we know where Ed placed his faith and trust...loss is never easy. Pray for comfort and strength, for Kay and the kids and grandkids, during the weeks and months ahead.

 

Continued prayer for Anna Mae McMillen and Izzy Penman as they recover from surgery.

 

Praise God! The Kennedy's have reached their destination! His phone doesn't have service there, so if you need to reach him for something, try email.

 

Pray for broken relationships. God is still in the restoration business. He can make a way, when there seems to be no way!

 


 

Izzy went into surgery at 11:00. 3-5 hours Grandma Joy said. Keep the prayers going up that everything will go well.

 

Today a little girl at the playground wanted my granddaughter, Morgan,  to sing "The Wheels On The Bus" with her. Morgan told her she wanted to sing "Jesus Loves Me"...and she did...very loudly! Oh, how we could lead people, if we had that kind of childlike faith! 

 


 

Please add Anne Mae McMillen to your prayer lists. (Bill Wolfe's sister) She is having surgury this morning at 7:30.  They are hoping to remove the infection that is between her rib cage and lung...that has been giving her so much trouble. 

 


 

Remember, Izabella's surgery is today. Please keep her, her family, the doctors and all who care for her during her time in the hospital in your prayers. Pray too, for a speedy recovery.

 

Pray for the Kennedy's too, as they are traveling.

 

Please lift the family of Evelyn Harriger in prayer. Aunt Evelyn passed away yesterday in Cincinnati.

 

Remember John Davis, Devon Kuntz, Kaden & Baily Miller this week as they attend Church Camps. Pray too that God will use Cory Barber as he serves as a counselor helper at Wesley Woods this week.

 

Continue to lift Andy Caylor as he begins his treatments.

Kenny Lindermuth as he recovers from surgery.

Arlene and Sandy as they continue their battles with cancer.

 

Pray for the Kennedy's as they enjoy some vacation time away to visit friends and family and just have some time of rest and relaxation. Pray that they will come back rested and renewed. Their plans have changed a bit as they will now be going by bus rather than car...and will be going to Illinois first then Maryland.

 

PRAISING GOD for all those who serve in our churches...musicians, lay readers, communion stewards, greeters, ushers, acolytes...WE are the Church together folks! It's not all about the Pastor! If you are sitting on your gifts...don't! God can use you!

 

Praising God that my kids/grandkids have arrived back home safely.

Praising him too for allowing us to celebrate my Dad's 80th birthday.  A blessing that none of his older brothers ever reached.

 

Please continue to Pray for families in turmoil. We all know of at least one. My heart aches for one in particular right now. Sadly, Satan delights in destroying families. 😟

Pray that what Satan meant for evil, God will use for good to strengthen these families!

 


Happy 4th of July! 

Got the following Praise from Karen...

 

Subject: Praise

We are pleased to tell you that Paige is back home and is doing well, has her sense of humor and has her appetite back. Is in a lot of pain once the meds wear off, but PRAISE THE LORD HE has seen her and her family through this all, very scary for a person that young.
Thanks for thoughts and prayers, much appreciated.
Karen Wolfe

Continue to pray for families in turmoil.

Pray too, for your Pastor & tomorrow's worship service. Hope to see you at the Lord's Table.


 

Kenny is having surgery this am. If everyone could keep him in their thoughts and prayers we'd appreciate it.

 

Thanks Kelly. L

 


 

Karen Wolfe is asking for prayer for Paige. (See Below)

 

Deb, our friend Paige Emberg, is in Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh, she was burned pretty bad but doctors say she will recover, she is 13 years old.

 Prayers appreciated!

 Thanks

 Karen


 

Andy Caylor has been diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia. Please keep the prayers going...for Andy, as well as Courtney, Becky, Dave and the boys.  He's still in the hospital. They will be starting treatment soon. Let's keep him/them in our prayers as they go thru this difficult time.


Please pray for ANDY CAYLOR and his family.
Becky said....

"Last night Andy went to hospital and was admitted they gave him a blood transfusion and today they did a bone marrow biopsy and another blood transfusion.

It will be several days for the results he will be staying in hospital.

I will pass on information. 

Thanks in advance for all the prayers that will go up tonight. Please add our family to the list!!!"

Becky & Dave 

 


 

Please keep Duane Sebring in your prayers as he recovers from surgery. He's back home now.

 

Continued prayers for Arlene, Sandy, Hope, Connie and Alyce.

 

Praising God for another good week at camp. Emily, Sydney and Abby all three said they had a great time! Next week we have 4 boys going (John Davis, Devon Kuntz, Kaden & Baily Miller). Please keep them in prayer...that they will be open to all God has waiting for them there!

 

Remember Izzy Penman goes in for surgery next week. Pray for her, her family and the doctors.

 

There will be no Bible Study at Meade Chapel the next two Monday's (July 6 & 13) and the SPRC meeting for July 13 will be rescheduled, as the Pastor will be taking some vacation time.

 Pray for safe travels as they go to Maryland to visit family and then travel from there by train to Illinois to visit with Friends.

 

Pray for all those traveling over the holiday week-end.

 


 

As I was cleaning this morning, I found a pair of glasses, left behind after the VBS Program. They were in the third row from the back on the left side. Anyone missing a pair?


 

Please lift Hope in your prayers. She's in a great deal of pain from what they think is a compression fracture in her back. She awaiting the results of her X-ray.

Thank you!

Deb

Thanks, Faithful Followers, for loving the children well!

By nature, children are one of the most receptive groups to the gospel. Studies show that the greatest evangelistic window is among young children between the ages of 5 to 13.  Many of the kids we saw this week are growing up in non-Christian homes. Childhood is God’s time for spiritual harvest. Thanks church, for planting Good seeds in the lives of these kids!

Kids seem to be given every material indulgence, but are often emotionally starved, severely lacking in social graces, and spiritually orphaned. Many live in homes that have been completely deprived of Jesus Christ. Matthew 5:13-14 says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden...Let your light shine before men (and children), that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Could it be that our church was the “light on the hill?”

 It is God’s will that We be the “light of the world,” that our “light should shine” so others would see His glory. 

Thanks Faithful Followers for letting your lights shine this week! Thanks to those who directed this years VBS. Thanks to all who taught, helped, donated snacks, supported financially, brought their kids/grandkids/neighbor kids and to those who prayed! The program was great! The 'picnic' and the fellowship around the tables was great! I think this was the first time that all three churches have been represented.  It was especially nice to see Stacy B. step out of her comfort zone and teach Preschool for the first time (and she recruited her sister-in-law, Stephanie to help). Some nights I felt like we were throwing her into the lions den...but she always had a smile on her face!  Praise be to God for a successful VBS!

Let's continue our 'Journey To Jesus' by attending worship this Sunday!

Pray for your Pastor, your Church and the Faithful Follower Charge.

Pray for Dwedor & Izzy as they prepare for surgery in Pittsburgh next month.

Continue to pray for Arlene as she battles cancer.

Praise God, Alyce came thru her heart surgery wonderfully!

Pray for families in turmoil...that they can forgive and love each other well.

Pray for our Nation! 

2 Chron. 7:14 says "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Have a god one folks! No matter what's happening with you today...remember God loves you!


 

This morning I went to the church early, to prepare God's House for the company that will be coming tonight. After 4 days of VBS...it's looking pretty lived in!   I just got started sweeping the basement when the sweeper quit on me. 😩 As I was crawling around the floor trying to pick up the big stuff...the story of Mary & Martha came to mind. You remember it; Jesus came to visit them and Martha was busy cooking and cleaning and doing all the things we do when guests come...but Mary was sitting at Jesus feet listening to all he had to say.  And it came to me...people are coming tonight to see Jesus...in the faces of the children. Although a clean house would be nice...it's not the most important thing! If Pat gets it fixed in time for me to sweep this evening...I will. If not..just come and sit at the feet of Jesus and ignore the dirt. Mary did.  Come and enjoy the Program. Come and fellowship with us over a hot dog.

Come! Journey with us to Jesus!

 

Closing Program at 6:00

Picnic to follow. Hot dogs/drinks/table service provided. Bring a covered dish to share...and maybe an umbrella. Or better yet, Pray that the rain passes us by tonight.

Deb

 


 

 

Lisa Penman ask for prayer for a friend, Alyce Spitzer, 91 years old, who is having a valve replacement tomorrow at Shadyside.

 

I Praise God for ALL who are involved in VBS...but as I listened to the lesson this evening...I couldn't help but Thank God for Sandy's involvement tonight! She and Kelly tag-teamed the lesson (and did a great job, I might add).  Sandy went for Chemo this afternoon and took dinner to Arlene and then came to VBS to share with the kids! She continues to amaze us all! I Praise God that thru it all, her light continues to shine for all to see. She remains  positive and a real inspiration to us all...

in spite of the stupid cancer!

 


 

Jeanna Reinard's sister Mary is having tests this week and could use some prayers.

 

And also pray for Morgan, our 2 yr.old granddaughter as she has an infection behind her ear that has her ear swollen up and painful. And it's a battle to get the antibiotics into her.

 

Thank you!

-Deb

 

Praising God for another good night of VBS. The children learned about Joseph tonight. I'm not sure how many we had tonight...but I know there were a lot of new faces! If you know a child between 3 - 12...invite him/her to join us tomorrow night!

 

Jim Davis's test results were inconclusive. More tests to come! Please continue to pray for him.

 

Arlene Reinard is back home from Pittsburgh and is still very much in need of our prayers!

 

Pray too, for Sandy, Connie, Charlie, families in turmoil, VBS, girls at camp this week (Abby, Emily & Sydney), EUM's mission team, your Pastor, your church and the Faithful Followers Charge!

 

Deb

 


Praise God for a good first night at VBS. 

The lesson was on Mary, mother of Jesus. God was pleased with Mary and chose to use her to be the mother of His Son.  Are you living a life that is pleasing to God? If not, He allows U-turns!

Our Bible verse for last night was Colossians 3:12 

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.


 

Happy Father's Day!

 

Jim Davis will be having tests this week. Please keep him in your prayers.

 

Praise God, Mary Jane Gilhousen is out of the hospital...and was in church this morning. Pray for continued good health...and that she won't have any more heart problems.

 

Aleah Ames will be traveling up from FL...hopefully this week. Pray for safe travels. It didn't work out for her to attend camp at Wesley Woods..but she'll be coming to Grandma Camp.

 

Prayers for VBS this week. Pray for the children, the teachers and helpers. May God be Glorified through this important outreach! Tonight is wear RED night!

 

Continued prayer for families in turmoil. May God's amazing Grace heal the hurts!

 

Praising God for a good (but exhausting) time at camp this week! Sydney loved it...and every time we saw Ariana and Lauryn, they seemed to be having a good time too!

 

Pray this week for Sydney and Abby Miller and Emily Kramer Who will be heading off to camps tomorrow. I think Aleaha Ames may also be going this week (not sure if she decided to or not)...but pray for her as well.

 

Pray for VBS at KnoxDale this week. If you signed up for snacks, please take them to the kitchen tomorrow morning. And thank you for helping out!

 

Attend Worship tomorrow!

God Loves You!

-Deb


Praise God! A new great granddaughter for the Rhodes'! See details below.

Also, Sydney and I are just finishing up day one at camp. She think she likes it!

Subject: Re: update

Deb, Our Great Granddaughter has arrived at 2:12 am this morning her name is Elizabeth Marie Rhodes. Praise God!


Got the following update from Nan, about her brother-in-law, Ed. Keep praying!

Haven't heard how Charlie's surgery went...but keep him in prayer too.

Subject: update

Deb,

Ed is still in ICU but is much improved. His blood pressure is still low and he has an infection that is pretty bad.  He and his family are still needing prayers.


Thank you

Nan


John Syphrit is home and doing well.

Connie hopes to get home tomorrow. Continue to lift them in prayer.

 Please add Charlie S. to your prayer list, as he is having surgery this afternoon.

And below is an update on Chaplain Rick....

Hi All, The surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday the 23rd at 7 am. With pre-op on Wednesday this week at 8:30 am. The operation will be at least triple & possibility quadruple. The doctor wants to fix everything while they are in there. I know the Lord has been in control of everything so far & will lead the doctors hands as this procedure is done. Keep praying that thru everything  God will be lifted up & his name proclaimed. Thanks Chaplain Rick

-Deb


 I have a PRAISE to share with all of you, prayer warriors! (See below)

It's reports like the one below, that make all the fundraising we have to do all year...soooo very worth it! Praise be to God!
And what makes this even more wonderful is that Kayla is so very quiet and shy. It took a lot of courage for her to step out of her comfort zone and give camp a try! And for her mom to let her go.

Thanks for all your prayers!

It's these very kind of experiences that give our kids wings to Fly! 

Subject: Camp was great!

Hi Deb,
 
I just wanted to share with you that Kayla came home from Wesley Woods bubbling with excitement and talking a mile a minute on Saturday!  She loved her experience and already is looking forward to going back next year.  She said her favorite part was tubing on the river!  What a blessing that she was able to go spend a week with other kids her age who are excited to share God's love. 
 
I am grateful for the opportunity she had to make new friends and have a great experience!  Thanks to all at Knoxdale UMC  and Son-Beams for making it happen!
 
Blessings,  Becky 


In all my years as Camp Steward...I've learned that parents stress over the first time camp experiences far more than the kids do! Let's lift Raleigh's mom and little brother in prayer. 

Praise God that Izzy was able to get her camp in before her surgery! Pray for her and her family in this time leading up to surgery.

See Chris' prayer requests below.

Reegan Painter (Rayleigh's little brother) is having his tonsils & adenoids removed tomorrow and having his sinuses flushed.  Tera is stressed with having Rayleigh at camp for the first time, Reegans surgery tomorrow and to top it off, the transmission went out in Tera's car today.

Izzy Penman will be having surgery the beginning of July. She will be having a piece of bone from her hip removed and transplanted to her jaw. 

Thank You,

Chris


Jim Smith was rushed back to Pittsburgh this evening. Pray that the doctors can figure out what is going on with him.

 

Remember VBS is at KnoxDale, starting this Sunday and running thru Thursday. 6:00 - 8:30 each evening. All children ages 3-12 are welcome! If you haven't already registered your child, you can register at the door on Sunday evening.

 


Prayers for Ed and his family. He's been thru so much!

 Subject: prayer request

Please pray for my brother in law Ed Raybuck. After his kidney dialysis today they had to take him to the ER.  His temperature is high and his blood pressure is very low. He is being admitted to the ICU.

Thanks

Nan


 

Let's keep Cory Barber and his friends in our prayers as they travel over the next couple of weeks!

This will be quite an adventure for the guys...but worrisome for mom.

 

 Could I have travel prayers for Cory and 4 of his friends. They have taken a road trip out west. They left Friday evening and will be gone 2-3 weeks. They will be having a good time just worry about 5 teenagers, not them but the other people around them.

 

 Thanks,   Pam

 


 

Jaime made it back to Cincinnati safely. Thanks for the prayers!


 

Please lift Ned & Anna Mae McMillen in your prayers. Anna is Bill Wolfe's sister. They live in Salamanca.  Both have been experiencing many health issues, and Anna Mae will undergo testing Friday in Roswell.

 

Pray too for travel mercies for Jaime as she travels back to Cincinnati today with the three youngest grandchildren. It's going to be very quiet here.

 


 

Please keep Shannon Shaffer in your prayers as she'll be traveling to Italy this week.

 

And Praise God for all those who step up to the plate to help out in the Worship Services! This month we have Youth as Lay Readers at KnoxDale.  And we also had Casey step up to the plate and do the Children's Sermon this morning for the first time...and a fine job he did!  I praise God for willing servants!

 

Continue to pray for Connie, Sandy, Arlene, Jim and John...for improved health.

And for families in turmoil.

 


 

Please lift these girls in prayer as they go to church camps this week:

Rayna S., Izzy P., Mackenzie J., Rayleigh P. and Jazmine K. are going to Wesley Woods.

Ariana P. & Lauryn C. are headed to Jumonville.

And Sydney C. And Cassidy K. Are off to Camp Allegheny for the week.

 

Sydney and I will also be heading to Grandma & Me camp at Jumonville on Wednesday.

 

Pray too, for the EUM Mission Team heading to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

 

And lastly, pray for a safe return from Conference for Karen, Genie and the Kennedy's

 

Praise God, Jim Smith came home this evening!! The doctors are baffled as to why things turned around so quickly. They think now that maybe it wasn't a stroke, but perhaps seizures. I have to believe God played a part in his recovery, as many were praying! The family is thankful for all the prayers!

 

Please say a prayer for little Morgan, my two year old granddaughter. She fell backwards off the picnic table this evening and has a huge goose egg on the back of her head. She seems fine, even crawled back up and ate her ice cream, but scared this ole grandma silly! Was a little leery  about putting her to bed this evening. Three full weeks with no injuries (I guess that too is a praise!)...and the night before mom comes for them...we have one.

Thanks!

-Deb

 

Please continue to pray for Trevor's uncle, Jim Smith. He seems to be improving, Praise God and keep praying!

Some have ask who he is. His mom was Shirley Hopkins Smith.

Grandson of Tim & Grace Hopkins.

 

Remember, this Sunday is Flag Day. Wear Red, White & Blue!

 


Continued prayer for Rick Youngdahl.

Subject: Re: Chaplain Rick

 I had the catheterization done today & they were not able to stent the other blockages so now we have an appointment with a surgeon on Monday 6/15 at 3 pm to discuss by-pass surgery possibly triple. Pray that as always God will be in control & lifted up thru this whole process. Thanks Chaplain Rick


 

I had an email from the Pastor, at 6:18, that they made it to Annual Conference. They must have gotten a really early start!

Pray for wisdom for all those in attendance...and for God's guidance.

 

Continued prayer for Jim Smith.


 

Trevor Straitiff's uncle, Jim Smith is in need of prayer. He had a stroke while golfing today and was life lighted to Pittsburgh. He's in critical condition. Paralysis on right side. Trevor & Tiffany are in Pittsburgh with him. Pray for Jim and his family,  as well as the doctors/nurses that are caring for him.

 

And a little Praise to share; it seems someone in Harrisburg has used some common sense! The Governor has waived the fee for background checks, for volunteers working with kids! You still have to get them every 36 months...but you don't have to pay for them, starting in July.

In the confusion with the grandkids, I forgot we had our first camper, and a first timer, go to camp this week! Please pray that Kayla Gaston will be open to all that God has for her at Wesley Woods this week and that good seeds will be planted, that can be nurtured and produce good fruit. I praise God for her willingness to step out in faith and go. And for all who supported the SonBeam's camp fund that has enabled so many kids to go again this summer!

 

-Deb 


Deb Roy is still in need of our prayers. See Kelly's request below.

 Subject: Prayers

Please pray for my mom. She is back in the hospital again. Hopefully she is well enough wed to have the procedure she needs to start her treatment.

Thanks-
Kelly. L

 


 

Chaplain Rick Youngdahl will have a heart catherization on Thursday morning. Please keep him in your prayers.

 

Also lift Connie McGonagle & John Syphrit in prayer. Pastor visited them in DuBois today and they seem to be doing well.

 

Pray for the Pastor, Dwedor & Karen as they prepare to go to conference this week.

 

VBS at KnoxDale - June 21-25 from 6:00 - 8:30.

 Let Chris know if you'd like to register a child.

cmsilvis@yahoo.com

 

Praise God for bringing you thru another day!

 


 

My Aunt Evelyn Harriger and her family are in need of prayer. She has stomach cancer. The doctors say her time is short. Please keep her and Uncle Roy in your prayers.

 

Continued prayers for Connie M., Sandy S. & Arlene R. And all those battling cancer of any kind.

Continue to pray for families in turmoil. ""Life: by the yard, it's hard. By the inch, it's a cinch."

 

Praise - Sandy Eshbaugh was fitted for a leg brace. It's been a great help with walking.

 

Pray too, for annual conference that begins this week in Grove City. May God's presence be felt in the worship services as well as the business sessions.

 

Have a great week! Do good, do no harm and stay in love with God!

 

Please continue to lift Mary McNutt in prayer. She's to be discharged from the hospital today under Hospice care. Send her a card to let her know you're thinking of her. 2 Short Street, Brookville

 

Continue to lift couples in turmoil. God can heal broken relationships...if we give Him a chance. Forgiveness isn't always easy, but remember how often God has forgiven us.

 

Pray for your Pastor, your Church and the Faithful Followers Charge. Hope to see you at the Lord's Table this Sunday! Come, remembering Jesus and all He did for us!


Prayer warriors...Please pray for couples who are struggling in their relationships. There are MANY!  Trials can be challenging, even for Christian couples.   Pray that God will radically transform hearts and teach them how to resolve conflict, forgive each other, and to grow back in love!  May they remember why they got married, and may their marriage be strengthened thru this storm.  And finally, that God might be glorified in their marriage.


 

Jeanna has asked for prayers for her sister, Ruth Pearce, who is driving to Florida to spend time with her daughter and her family, who are currently stationed there with the Navy.  Please pray for safe travels.

And pray too, for all of our military families. They make sacrifices daily for our freedom.

Thanks!

-Deb

 

Please keep the families of Terry Hockinson and Wayne Doane in your prayers as they go through this season of grief.

 

Pray for those graduating tomorrow night. As I was scanning thru the picks in the paper...there are many with Faithful Followers connections. Congratulations class of 2015! Jeremiah 29:11

 

My apologies to all that were distracted by my crew this morning! I was actually relieved when the birds flew into the sanctuary this morning. For a few minutes our grandkids weren't the only distraction!

I praise God too, that we had many kids this morning! It was nice to see them all in church! And equally as nice to see the nice job they did on the planters in the front of the church! Thank God for kids!


***  When the Service is over, Our service Begins.  ***


Do all the Good you can

By all the Means you can

In all the Places you can

To all the People you can

As long as Ever you can